- The Andes Ever-present jagged mountain peaks ring the capital. Wherever you go, you'll see them and remember that you are at the edge of the world.
- Great crafts markets Fine woolen items, expertly carved figurines, lapis lazuli jewelry, and other handicrafts from across the country are bountiful in Santiago.
- Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino Occupying a lovely old building in the center of Santiago that used to be the Royal Customs House, this museum's collection of indigenous pottery, jewelry, and artifacts is a joy for the eye.
- World-class wineries Santiago is in the Maipo Valley, the country's oldest wine-growing district, and some of Chile's largest and most traditional wineries—Concha y Toro and Santa Rita—are within an hour's drive of the city, as is the lovely Casablanca Valley.
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