Parque Forestal is Santiago's lung and central park. Created for the first centennial celebration in 1910, the park has become an iconic area of the city with elegant residential apartment buildings along the perimeter. One of the most enjoyable ways to spend an afternoon is walking under the century-old trees and then strolling the cobblestoned streets of the adjoining Lastarria area. Parisian-style facades, cafés full of intellectual life, boutiques, museums like Bellas Artes (a copy of the Petit Palais in Paris), restaurants, and bars all bring this neighborhood to life.
With the delicious climate in Santiago, thankfully there's a lot of green space to get outside and enjoy the wonderful weather. There's nothing we love more than a walk through downtown Parque Forestal, a heart-pumping bike hill ride in Parque Metropolitano, a run along the Mapocho River, or a quiet moment in Parque Bicentenario's zen garden.