Metropolitan Park is the place to go if you want a zoology lesson, a stroll through the green or a visit to one of the many attractions in the vicinity. The National Zoo, which features about 150 different species, lies on the outskirts of the park, close to the Funicular. The Funicular is a tram that totes you to the top of Cerro San Cristobal, a tall hill frequented by Chileans and tourists alike. If you hope to see a panoramic view of the city from atop the cerros, head to Metropolitan Park early to beat the onset of Santiago‚Äôs daily smog.
Santiago‚Äôs many museums will satiate the appetite of all aviation enthusiasts, history buffs, poetry fans and art aficionados. For a few pesos you can tiptoe around one of the houses of the Nobel-prize poet Pablo Neruda or gawk at the 70,000 exhibits on display at The National Historical Museum.
Santiago also serves as a good base for exploring nearby areas. Outdoorsy folks should venture outside of the city to check out the hiking, rafting and fishing opportunities in Caj√≥n del Maipo. The ski resorts that surround the capital are great for fans of fresh powder. You can also set up a private or shared wine tour with companies that shuttle you to some of the most popular red-wine vineyards. One-day trips will take you to quaint Valpara√≠so, to the beach resort of Vi√Īa del Mar or to the pottery capital of the area, Pomaire.
Other Activity pages in Santiago that may be of interest: Center Activities, Bellavista Activities, Las Condes Activities, Vineyards, Providencia Activities, Around Santiago Activities and Caj√≥n del Maipo Activities.