Santiago Sights

Estación Mapocho

  • Independencia at Balmaceda Map It
  • Parque Forestal
  • Building/Architectural Site

Published 01/11/2016

Fodor's Review

This mighty edifice, with its trio of two-story arches framed by intricate terra-cotta detailing, is as elegant as any train station in the world. The station was inaugurated in 1913 as a terminus for trains arriving from Valparaíso and points north, but after trains were diverted to Estación Central, the space was turned into one of the city's principal arts and conference centers. The Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho houses two restaurants, a café, a large exhibition hall, and arts space. The cavernous station that once sheltered steam engines now hosts musical performances and other events, such as the Cumbre Guachaca, a celebration of city-meets-down-home-country culture, usually held in April.

Sight Information


Plaza de la Cultura, Independencia at Balmaceda, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 8350809, Chile

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Sight Details:

  • Station free, exhibition fees vary
  • Daily 10–6; exhibitions closed Mon.

Published 01/11/2016


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