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SANTIAGO’S BEST INSTAGRAM SPOTS

Spending two years in Santiago, Chile left me with quite a few Instagrams of this gorgeous capital in the valley of the Andes mountains. Now that my time in Chile is over (for now), I’m counting down my favorite Instagram-worthy locations. If you’re planning a trip to Santiago, these popular (and some not as well-known) spots for photographers should be included in your itinerary.

1. Sky Costanera

It’s no secret that in any metropolitan city, the best Instagram spots are typically high up. When it comes to Santiago, you can’t get much higher up than the 62nd floor of Sky Costanera. After paying the entrance fee, ride the elevator to the top of this new attraction. There, you’ll have a 360-degree view of the city. My best advice is to arrive about 45 minutes before sunset. Be aware that the last elevator ride to the top is at 9 P.M., and the attraction closes at 10 P.M. Also note that the price is much lower during the week than the weekend (by 3,000 pesos!).

2. Cerro San Cristóbal

San Cristóbal Hill, one of the main tourist attractions in Santiago, can be recognized by the giant statue of Mary located at the summit. If you want to take pictures during the day, go immediately after a bit of rain. Especially in the winter, Santiago has a layer of smog over the sky that disappears for a few hours after rainfall. If unable to go on a clear day, take the opportunity to explore San Cristóbal in the twilight. An especially exciting spot is the Mirador Pablo Neruda.

3. Plaza de Armas

As in most cities founded by Spaniards, the Plaza de Armas originally formed the center of Santiago. Many critical historical buildings surround this plaza, including the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago. I find this cathedral to be one of the most beautiful in the city. This is the perfect photography location due to the contrast in different forms of architecture throughout the plaza.

4. Cerro Santa Lucía

Santa Lucía Hill marks the founding spot for the city of Santiago. As such, it has been decorated with beautiful fountains and a viewing point at the top of the hill. I particularly enjoy taking photos of the Fuente de Neptuno. This fountain is located after the first set of stairs. Entrance to this attraction is free, so why not check it out?

5. Museo a Cielo Abierto

If you have been keeping up with my blog, you’ll know I tend to advertise this place as a must-see. If you’re a lover of street art like myself, then Museo a Cielo Abierto should be as much on your bucket list as the Wynwood Walls in Miami! 

6. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Santiago has a quite stunning Fine Arts museum. Due to its ever-changing exhibits and free entrance, this is the perfect destination for a day of photography. 

7. Cerro Manquehue

If you want to take pictures at this Instagram spot, you’ll have to do a bit of hiking. Cerro Manquehue is the highest peak in the valley surrounding Santiago. Just as in the case of the other Instagram spots, the best days to go will always be bright days, especially after a bit of rain. The hike to the summit takes a little over an hour, and it takes another hour to descend. As far as difficulty level, Manquehue is considered relatively tricky. However, if you find yourself to be in good physical shape, you should have no problem making it to the top.

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8. Parque Araucano/Parque Juan Pablo II

I mention these parks together because they are right next to each other and I don’t understand where one starts and the other begins they’re both beautiful places to spend a sunny afternoon. There are various bridges in the parks that provide the perfect photo op! 

9. City Rooftops

This may seem a bit general. However, as I’ve mentioned before, the best viewing spots in Santiago are as high up as possible. This makes rooftops (of bars, restaurants, apartment buildings) all great spots to photograph. One place I especially recommend is the roof to the W Santiago Hotel. You don’t have to be staying at the hotel to go to the rooftop and have a drink!

Bonus: Cajón del Maipo

I’ve added Cajón del Maipo as a bonus photo location due to its proximity to Santiago. While it is not actually within the limits of the city, it is within the Region Metropolitana, making it an easy day trip. This destination is not to be missed for those who consider themselves adventure travelers. Hiking, camping, rafting, Cajón has it all when it comes to adventure! It is also absolutely beautiful, making it worthy of an Instagram photo.

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Anna
    August 24, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I loved this post! This takes me back to Santiago! I spent a really wonderful month there when I first started traveling, and because it was my first city, it has such a huge impression on me. I never got to go to Costanero or check out any rooftop bars. Clearly, I need to return to Santiago someday! The photo of the bridge in the park is so gorgeous. 🙂

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      Leah Shoup
      August 25, 2016 at 9:07 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and Santiago! Especially on a clear day after a bit of rain, Santiago makes the perfect city for an exploring photographer!

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    Van @ Snow in Tromso
    August 24, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Santiago seems like such a fascinating city! Metropolis on the one hand but breath-taking mountains and nature on the other. Such a great combination!

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      Leah Shoup
      August 25, 2016 at 9:08 am

      It really is! Not many people visit Santiago as tourists or maybe only spend a day or so when there’s really so much to do!

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    Marcella ~ WhatAWonderfulWorld
    August 24, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Yay for Santiago! There is so much to discover, I always tell people that it’s so much more than just a stop-over city 🙂

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    Ruth
    August 25, 2016 at 1:49 am

    I really do not need additional reason to want to visit Santiago but I think your photos has deepen my desire to visit. The city has so much to see!

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      Leah Shoup
      August 25, 2016 at 9:09 am

      I’m so glad you liked it! I hope you are able to visit one day!

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    Courtney @ Adelante
    August 25, 2016 at 2:04 am

    It looks so photogenic! I would absolutely love to visit someday – the photo opportunities are endless!

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      Leah Shoup
      August 25, 2016 at 9:10 am

      They really are! I never really got into photography until I lived in Santiago! So many places to practice 🙂

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    Isabel
    August 26, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Well aren’t this locations amazing? Great post!

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    Samantha
    August 27, 2016 at 9:59 am

    These are so lovely! I’m not sure when I’ll get to that part of the world, but I’ll use this as guidance for if I ever do.

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    Lauren
    August 27, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    These are some of my favorite places around Santiago! I have yet to get to the Museo al Cielo Abierto (I’m saving it for a nice sunny day), but the rest of these are some of my favorite photos spots in the city! This is a great post and such a great guide for any photographers visiting Santiago! I’ll be sure to share 😀

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