The Lastarria neighborhood in central Santiago offers a multitude of first-rate photo opportunities, thanks to its well-maintained European architecture, cobblestone streets, vine-covered buildings, and large pack of artists, hipsters and international travelers. Wander around and you’ll be sure to come across some interesting graffiti, buildings or other curiosities to upload to your feed.
This quirky, off-beat bohemian neighborhood has some of the best graffiti in the city, excellent for snapping photos and taking a picturesque city walk. Much of the city’s historic architecture is also concentrated in the neighborhood, which has since been painted bright, vibrant colors. Don’t forget to stop by the nearby Quinta Normal Park while you’re in the neighborhood.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Modeled after the Petit Palais of Paris, Santiago’s National Fine Arts Museum is gorgeous on the inside and out. Pose in front of the dramatic sculpture “Unidos en la Gloria y en la Muerte” at the museum’s entrance before walking in. The museum is open every day except Mondays, and admission is free of charge.
Cerro San Cristobal
Much like Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue, Santiago’s Virgin Mary on top of the San Cristobal Hill is a must-see spot. Not only will it provide ample stunning views for your Instagram feed, but the hike up is an ideal way to get a taste of nature without leaving the city.
Cerro Santa Lucía
The yellow and white fountain in front of the this gorgeous Santiago hill (and former volcano) is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. Up the hill and cobblestone streets you’ll find a beautiful view and a small castle. Snap some Instagram pics and buy yourself a tasty treat like mote con huesillos while you’re up there.
This gorgeous modern park is a sight for sore eyes. With the towering Andes mountains in the background, find flamingos, palm trees, a lagoon and an unmatched landscape at Parque Bicentenario in the upscale Vitacura neighborhood.
Bahá’í House of Worship for South America
This Bahá’í temple is the only house of worship of its kind in South America. Located on the foothills of the Andes mountains outside Santiago, this relatively new attraction is drawing in locals and visitors alike. Snap a pic at sunset and you’ll be the envy of all your Instagram followers.
La Vega Central
With cats lounging on old wooden crates, fruits and vegetables of every color of the rainbow and a slew of interesting characters, Santiago’s La Vega Central Market is an ideal spot for taking photos. Just be aware that while La Vega isn’t a dangerous spot during the daytime, pick-pocketers will take advantage if they see a golden opportunity. Be alert, like you would in any bustling public area.
Barrio Concha y Toro
This historic Santiago neighborhood is a little off the beaten path, so it doesn’t get much foot traffic. All the better for taking creative pictures among these beautiful and tranquil streets.
Palacio La Moneda
This historic Santiago building was originally a mint in colonial times, hence the name “La Moneda” or “the coin.” Now La Moneda serves as Chile’s presidential palace, base for the country’s executive branch. Designed in the late 18th century by Italian architect Joaquín Toesca, the palace makes an excellent spot to snap a photo. Try to include some of the attractive guards in green or white if you can.