Sundays make Santiago feel like a ghost town, since the entire city tends to shut down. However, there are still many ways to take advantage of everything Santiago has to offer, and none of them include going to the mall!
For the outdoorsy or active type:
CicloRecroVía is a city-wide project that closes several of Santiago's main streets on Sundays from 9am to 2pm for people to run, walk, skate, bike and much more. Check out the available circuits here!
Santiago has numerous parks throughout the city that are a popular destination for santaguinos (residents of Santiago) on the weekends for picnics, Frisbee, or lots of public displays of affection. Parque Forestal, Parque Bustamante, Parque Quinta Normal, Parque Bicentenario, and Parque Metropolitano (located on Cerro San Cristobal) are some of the most well-known. The two main cerros (hills) in Santiago, Cerro Santa Lucia and Cerro San Cristobal, are great places to bike or hike. They also offer lovely panoramic views of the entire city.
There are lots of opportunities for free or inexpensive yoga classes throughout the city on Sundays. Escuela Yoga Clasico offers free classes in the Jardín Botánico in the Parque Metropolitano (Cerro San Cristóbal) on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 11:30am. They also have a Facebook group. Yoga Itinerante has free yoga classes on Sundays at 12pm in Parque Forestal by the Museo de Bellas Artes. Yoga a Luka offers yoga classes throughout the week for CP$1,000 (US$2.00)
For the foodie:
Sundays are a great time to get the grocery shopping done for the week at one of Santiago's many ferias (markets). Whether you go to La Vega or to a feria in your comuna, you will be sure to find lots of fresh produce at reasonable prices. This site offers information on the ferias available in each comuna.
Brunch at Holm Ensaladería
If you are looking for a Sunday brunch, Café Melba and Holm Ensaladeria offer delicious spreads. The brunch scene in Santiago is growing rapidly, and more and more restaurants are catering to the expat love for the combo of breakfast and lunch. Check out our picks for the best brunches in Santiago here.
For the history and culture buff:
As of March 2015, all of the museums that belong to the DIBAM network in Chile have free entrance. This network of museums includes the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo de Historia Nacional, and the Museo Histórico Nacional. Most of the other museums in Santiago have free entrance on Sundays. The Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos is free to enter Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm, and the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino has free entrance on the first Sunday of each month. The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo has free entrance every Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Museo Bellas Artes
The city's public transport system offers a "Circuito Cultural" on Sundays and national holidays from 10am to 6:30pm. Once you board the 122 bus, you receive a special bracelet that allows you to "hop on, hop off" all along the cultural circuit that goes throughout the city. You pay the bus fare only once, and can get to know eighteen culturally significant places in Santiago all in an afternoon.
The oldest church in Santiago, the Iglesia de San Francisco, is open on Sundays from 10am to 1pm, and the Catedral Metropolitana is open on Sundays from 9am to 12pm. The chapel at the top of Cerro San Cristobal holds a mass every Sunday at 10:30am and 12pm. The U.S. Embassy also has a list of religious services offered in English throughout the city.
For more information and events, keep an eye out for Revolver's "Best things to do this weekend in Santiago," published weekly and packed full of activities and events in the city!