The Paseo Ahumada is a four-block-long pedestrian mall filled with retail shops, handicraft vendors, musicians, cafes, restaurants, shoeshine stands, and blankets spread on sidewalks selling everything from Christmas wrapping paper to stacks of yellow underpants. (What’s with that?) The promenade eventually leads to Plaza de Armas, a gathering spot for Chilean immigrants and the city’s social hub since 1540. The Metro L5 Green Line stops right beneath the square, at Plaza de Armas stop; how easy is that!
Plaza de Armas is in the heart of Santiago de Chile’s historic district and the city’s most important buildings can be found here around the square:
- Palacio de La Moneda (Presidential Palace) seat of the President of the Republic of Chile.
- Correo Central (Central Post Office) dating from 1715 was the former Governor’s house, rebuilt in 1882 in a rococo style.