You wouldn’t think building-happy Santiago would let the prime real estate that is Parque Forestal go without construction, but the narrow strip of land was left over after a canal was built in 1891 to tame the unpredictable Río Mapocho. The area quickly filled with the city's refuse. A decade later, under the watchful eye of Enrique Cousiño, it was transformed into the leafy Parque Forestal. It was and still is enormously popular with Santiaguinos, and recent investments have cleaned it further, installed playgrounds for children, and created a bike path along the northern edge.
On weekends, the area near the Contemporary Art Museum fills with jugglers, people doing aerial silks, and acrobatics. The eastern tip of the park, near Plaza Baquedano (also referred to as Plaza Italia, though that plaza is further north) is distinguished by the Wagnerian-scale Fuente Alemana (German Fountain), donated by the German community of Santiago. The bronze-and-stone monolith commemorates the centennial of Chilean independence.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Pérgola de las Flores
Santiaguinos come to the Pérgola de las Flores (literally: "gazebo of flowers") markets to buy wreaths and flower arrangements for…Learn More >
Vega Chica and Vega Central
From fruit to furniture, meat to machinery, these lively markets stock just about anything you can name. Alongside the ordinary…Learn More >
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo
After an ambitious restoration, completed in 2008, followed by the destructive earthquake of 2010 and then another renovation, the elegant…Learn More >