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“Don't Miss The Changing of the Guard”
Review of La Moneda

La Moneda
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Ranked #20 of 519 things to do in Santiago
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The center of Chile's history, this presidential palace is a beautiful building that occupies an entire city block on downtown Santiago.
Reviewed June 4, 2014

The changing of the guard is done usually every other day starting at 10 o'clock in front of the Moneda Palace. It is quite a spectacle lasting almost half an hour involving horse guards with lances, two female captains calling out orders, two contingents of foot soldiers and two bands. In the middle of this militaristic pomp and ceremony, the band led by a very enthusiastic conductor, broke into the Tom Jones standard "It's Not Unusual" which made us break out into laughter. The crowd applauded the band when it was over, which also did not seem to fit this formal militaristic ceremony. They did sound good, though.
The traffic light nearby was also very entertaining. The green walk figure on the light is animated. He begins walking at a normal pace, but accelerates as the seconds tick down, ending with him seemingly sprinting panicked.

3  Thank GaryBrazel
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Liked very much being at La Moneda. Beyond its historical importance, the place itself is beautiful and I felt particularly well treated during my tourist visit.

Thank Pedro H
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

So today my day started out really well. I went to see some sights and travel around the city. On my way back to my lodge, I witnessed a stray dog attacking some people walking with their dog on the other side of the street. The owners tried to fight off the dog as it attacked their dog latching on with a fierce grip. Other bystanders tried to help but there was nothing to be done. Meanwhile the Chilean police just stood there and did nothing. I started screaming at them and finally two police went over to help the people. I am so disappointed by their actions.

Lesson to be learned: Beware of stray dogs in Santiago, Chile! They are many and this could happen to you if traveling with a pet. — feeling irritated at La Moneda metro station.

2  Thank Akisha A
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

We didn't know we could book a tour inside the palace but we still enjoyed our visit to a remarkable touristic spot in Chile.

Thank Helga L
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

Took a guided tour of the interior of the Presidential Palace on a weekday afternoon, which I booked a week in advance by email (more info: http://www.gob.cl/en/guided-tours/). The tour is offered in English or Spanish. We were led through the interior courtyard and rooms, many of which were recognizable from speeches or other media broadcasts. Photos are allowed, without flash. At the entrance, the guards are willing to have their photo taken with you, so just ask! There is also a Changing of the Guard ceremony every other day at 10am (11am on weekends).

8  Thank jump78
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