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Barrio Franklin, another face of Santiago

Barrio Franklin, another face of Santiago

from USD $49 per person



Santiago, the Chilean capital, is a versatile city with a great diversity of tourist options. It would be a mistake to think that you can only visit monuments, museums and go shopping. Santiago has a lot to offer, from city tours to ecotourism and indigenous tourism experiences. You will be surprised to learn that it is the city with the largest concentration of Mapuche population in all of Chile.


Barrio Franklin is located in the historic commercial area of downtown Santiago. The streets are full of antique shops, workshops, old restaurants and weekend fairs. In total, there are 4500 establishments there, employing over 10,000 people! Join us for a nice walk around the neighborhood. Among other things, we’ll pass by the fairs, meet some of their most charismatic characters and see the murals that tell the story of this wonderful area that was once the southern limit of Santiago.


Travolution in Santiago is identity, it is national history that you can travel through and relive from the stories of its own inhabitants.




  • Walking tour around the streets of the Población Huemul
  • Visit to the house of the Nobel Prize Winner Gabriela Mistral.
  • Visit to the warehouses where the first Public Slaughterhouse of Santiago was located (1847).
  • Visit to Persian Bio Bio

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Tour Features

Porcentaje Comunitario

Community-Based 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Cultural 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Physical Demand 20%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Family 80%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Nature 0%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Gastronomy 60%

  • Destination
  • Dress Code
    Light clothing for the day and warm clothing for the night / Comfortable shoes / Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen / Water bottle (At Travolution we avoid buying plastic bottles and appreciate if you bring a reusable one)
  • Included
    24/7 assistance
    Interpreter guide
    Local guide in Spanish
    Payment by bank transfer or credit card
  • Not Included
    Alcoholic drinks
    Contribution to WINTA or TDLF
    Domestic flights
    Meals not mensioned
    Meals when mentioned
    Nights in cabins run by local families
    Standard room w/private bathroom
    Transport when mentioned
    Transportation on excursions
    Travel insurance


The tour begins when we meet at the Franklin subway station, to walk around the neighborhood.
History and vestiges of the neighborhood: From the mural inside the Franklin subway station we will start to notice the vestige of the neighborhood, the diorama and the mural "Stories of a Slaughterer". Then we walk through the streets of Población Huemul (1911), which was the first model of a working class neighborhood. In the same area, we will visit the house where lived Gabriela Mistral, the Nobel Prize winner for literature
Markets and local culture: We continue along Franklin Street until we reach the old entrance of the Matadero Market (1847) and we walk around the market through its patio of fruits and vegetables, sale in bulk of mote, huesillo, cinnamon on a stick and much more. We will also see the warehouses where the First Public Slaughterhouse of Santiago (1847) operated.
Persian Biobío: In the famous Persian Biobio, we will visit warehouses full of merchants, gastronomy and antique shops. We will visit some sheds of the Persian Biobio as the Shed 1 where the Textile Musalem of Santa Rosa (1945) used to work.
Street art: Before returning to the meeting point, we will see the murals that, among other things, tell the story of this wonderful neighborhood, which in the early nineteenth century was the southern boundary of Santiago.
Once the tour is over, you will be free to visit the fairs and do some shopping, there is also a high diversity of gastronomic options for you to have lunch. Take your time and enjoy the afternoon.
* If we are lucky we will be able to meet living treasures of the neighborhood such as Zenen Vargas with his freehand typography and Luis Tobar ex-slaughterer of the Franklin Slaughterhouse.
** The main fair is held on Sundays, ask for optional activities during the week.
Included: excursion, Spanish/English translator guide, coffee.




Santiago, the Chilean capital, is a city with a versatile character and diverse touristic options. It would be a mistake to think that the only thing you can do here is to visit monuments, museums and shopping malls. Santiago has a lot to offer - from tours around the city to eco-travel to indigenous tourism.
It was founded by a Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia and, over all these years, Santiago has become a mix of oldest tradition, Spanish influence, and modern architectural wonders that can offer you plenty of things to do and see.
Located at the foot of the Andes on the banks of the Mapocho River, Santiago is surrounded by hills and mountains with incredible views towards natural landscapes where you can enjoy adventure tourism doing skiing and snowboarding, hiking, climbing, rafting and more.
Being the biggest city of Chile and the fifth-biggest in South America, Santiago consists of 37 communes and they are all different, so your perception of the city will depend on the commune you stay in or visit.
Not many people know that but right in the capital of Chile, there are places where indigenous people live. Community tourism and indigenous cultures is what we at Travolution want to make visible. It is always a pleasure to share with our travelers how they lived, cooked and shared their time in a Mapuche community in their Rukas (typical Mapuche construction). Visiting this place is a great way to learn about their history, culture and crafts.
If you are interested in having this special cultural experience, we will be happy to organize a personalized trip for you. If you would like to see other options in Santiago, check them out here or ask us about others that might interest you.

Come and enjoy a different experience of sustainable and community-based tourism!

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