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On this tour of the Matadero Franklin Market you will discover the transformation of this old factory and the origins of the charming Huemul neighborhood.

On this tour of the Matadero Franklin Market you will discover the transformation of this old factory and the origins of the charming Huemul neighborhood.

Matadero Franklin Market Free Tour 

At 3:30 pm, we will meet up at the Franklin metro station to and head to what was once the old slaughterhouse in Santiago now converted into a bustling market selling top-quality ingredients. The origins of this building date back to 1847, when the emerging Franklin neighborhood began to take shape.

In the vicinity of the slaughterhouse, we will encounter the "conventillos" (tenements) and hear all about their function. In the 1970s, the prosperity of the slaughterhouse came to an end with its move to another sector of Santiago de Chile. During the free tour, we will visit the old facilities which today is a lively market for fish, vegetables, meat, and many other fresh products. This is a genuine treat for your senses!

After visiting the Franklin Slaughterhouse Market, we will head to the Huemul I neighborhood and its neighbors Huemul II and Huemul III, three residential areas of working-class origin. We will stop in front of two striking buildings: the Huemul Theatre and the Caja de Ahorros bank. This last building was built at the beginning of the 20th century with the best materials and still exudes the elegance and splendor of that era!

Strolling around the Huemul neighborhood we will find several "galpones", street stalls selling everything including antiques, furniture, and technology. We will also take the opportunity to talk about the haunted sanatorium in the area, which conceals a terrifying legend.

To finish the free tour, we will go to Vítor Jara Park, where we will briefly explain the legacy of this author in Chilean folklore before bidding farewell at around 6 pm.


It is not possible to take the free tour of the Matadero Franklin Market if you are a group of more than 6 people. In this case, we recommend booking a private tour of Santiago.

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Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

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Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Show more

Tours or activities will not consist of more than 10 people per group.

A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.

The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.

Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear gloves throughout its duration.

Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use.

Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.

The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.

The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit), and a full refund applied.

The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.

The capacity of all means of transport will be reduced to 25% of their maximum capacity.

At monuments, museums and attractions, the maximum permitted capacity will be a 25% of the total maximum capacity.

Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

Alcoholic drinks are not available.

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2 hours 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.


English speaking guide

When to book?

You can book up until 18 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


Wheelchair accessible. This must be indicated in the reservation. An accompanying person is required.


All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.


Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us.


Free cancellation

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

Meeting point

Metro Franklin.