Photography in Santiago, Chile: Best Spots for Awesome Shots

It makes us very happy indeed how rapidly Santiago is becoming less a quick stopover place and more of a stop explores kind of a city. Admittedly, Chile’s capital is not the most obvious city in the world to visit, lacking a long list of famous landmarks and easily overshadowed by Chile’s northern Atacama desert and the south’s Patagonian glaciers. However, whether it be a smartphone or the fanciest of fancy DSLRs, there are some seriously cool places to train your camera, and for this reason, Foto Ruta, the creative photography tour company, has landed on this side of the Andes (originally founded and still very much also found in Buenos Aires). Even after 2 years of shooting, we still love exploring Santiago and capturing the variety on offer with our lenses.

After sharing a wonderful afternoon taking photographs with the Two Monkeys, we had a little think, scrolled through our folder of favorite photos, and borrowed some places that we regularly frequent on our various tours, and here are just a few of our favorite Must See/Do/Visit/Photograph areas of Santiago.

Photography in Santiago, Chile Best Spots for Awesome Shots
Photo by Raul Urzua de la Sotta CC BY 2.0



Photography in Santiago, Chile Best Spots for Awesome Shots
Photo by RL GNZLZ CC BY-SA 2.0

A popular yet chilled-out little bubble of the city, contrasting nicely to its surrounding bustle, leafy streets and parasol-covered cafes offer some great subjects. Look out for the great old Biografo cinema also.

Photography in Santago, Chile Best Spots for Awesome Shots
Photo by adrianpuaCC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A holey rusty monstrosity with a thousand angles to toggle over. A little of everything can be found here from sculptures and installations to great people-watching opportunities. This is our usual meeting point for our Street Scape photography tours, the perfect place to start the creative inspiration flowing!

Photography in Santiago, Chile Best Spots for Awesome Shots
Photo by Dennis Jarvis CC BY-SA 2.0



Depending on the day, you will find a bunch of grumpy/happy/flirty/drunk fishermen (delete as appropriate!) Whatever their mood, there is a serious feast of visual delights here, from ancient weighing scales to numerous types of fish. There are also some delicious restaurants where you can give your camera (and legs!) a rest

Photography in Santiago, Chile Best Spots for Awesome Shots
Photo by Angel de los Rios CC BY-SA 2.0

Check out the very photogenic Museo Bellas Artes, the cool INTI murals situated by the metro station, and just soak up the general vibe of this cool little barrio

Photography in Santiago, Chile Best Spots for Awesome Shots
Photo by Jorge Jorquera CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

You are nearly guaranteed at all hours of the day to find a fabulous mixture of chess players, fortune tellers, artists, stuffed horses, real police horses, preachers, or all of the above. Great people watching and street photography possibilities as well as incredible architecture including Santiago’s cathedral


An incredible mixture of Chile’s finest street art and graffiti. Foto Ruta’s favorite streets include Bombero Nuñez, Antonia Lopez de Bello, and Purisima. Although to be honest, there are photogenic pieces on every block. Besides the art on the walls, there are also great examples of old Santiago architecture, lots of people watching in the numerous bars on Pio Nono street, and the famous Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda’s house, which for a small fee you can have a nose around (although no photography allowed inside, unfortunately). From this area, you can also zoom in to see the Virgin Mary looking down from her perch on top of the famous San Cristobal hill. You can hike or cycle up the hill, or take the funicular train to see a pretty impressive view of the city as a whole

Photography in Santiago, Chile Best Spots for Awesome Shots
Photo by Leonardo Shinagawa CC BY 2.0

This hill is the lazy/free/quick option in place of climbing Cerro San Cristobal. A great viewpoint from the top castle (follow signs for El Castillo) and some great corners to explore with your camera within the park. Usually, a plethora of adorable street dogs lazing in the sun can also be found here

Photography in Santiago, Chile Best Spots for Awesome Shots
Photo by Mario Quiroga CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In our honest opinion, there are other buildings in Santiago’s Patrimonial area which are more impressive than La Moneda, the presidential palace. However this building is rich in Chilean history, has a great underground culture center situated below, and at 10 am on alternate days, you can watch the changing of the guards, some good photographic opportunities, especially if you have good zoom capabilities!

Photography in Santiago, Chile Best Spots for Awesome Shots
Photo by tengri555 CC BY-SA 2.0

Be ready to see television crews and photo shoots happening in this little cross-section of Europe in Santiago. Great architecture, and if you’re lucky, you’ll find some cherry blossom-covered trees fluttering in the wind

Photography in Santiago, Chile Best Spots for Awesome Shots
Photo by Hugo Cardin CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


This is where we run iPhoneography, Foto Ruta’s smartphone tours, a wonderful little area away from the main hustle and bustle of the city, blocks and blocks of independent designer boutiques and packed full antique shops complete with old Chilean guys renovating furniture. A nice getaway from the main city.

If you are feeling adventurous, there are some amazing, less discovered areas of Santiago. (A little) off the beaten track:

  • Sunday

Photography in Santiago, Chile Best Spots for Awesome Shots
Photo by Sandra Donoso CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

An easy metro ride away from downtown, a completely different vibe is found here, with photogenic crumbling mansions and street art murals galore. Check out the Museo de la Memoria, Parque Quinta Normal, and a Foto Ruta favourite, the Peluqueria Francesa, the old school barber shop.

  • Sculpture Park

Photography in Santiago, Chile Best Spots for Awesome Shots
Photo by Carl Campbell CC BY 2.0

Located across the Mapocho river from Santiago’s trendy area of Providencia, the sculpture park features some amazing works by Chilean artists and gives you plenty of cool textures, angles, and colors to photograph

  • Bio Bio

Photography in Santiago, Chile Best Spots for Awesome Shots
Photo by Dwilliams851 CC BY-ND 2.0

You can buy anything and everything at the huge and wonderful Bio Bio market. Well, nearly anything. Like with all big cities, you have to be careful security-wise, and this is not the place to swing your new Nikon around your head, however, there are some great shots to be had here, we usually take our iPhones and train them on the interesting characters, the weird and wonderful mix of randomness you can find. A very different part of the city

So hopefully these will give you some more ideas of where to explore in Santiago, there are even more cool areas to explore, so feel free to get in touch if you are looking for even more photography inspiration. Also, whatever camera you have and whatever your level of experience, if you would like to join us for one of our great Foto Ruta explorations, we focus on slowing down the pace and getting creative, and always finish our photography adventures with a nice glass of Chilean wine (on us!) and review our images… the perfect way to finish an exploration!

Enjoy the list, and whether you’ve got a 6-hour layover or a week to spend, there are lots to see, do and photograph in Santiago. We look forward to seeing your favorite shots!

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.