May 29, 2017

About Santiago!

About San­ti­ago!

Is not just because we are say­ing it, but San­ti­ago is really amaz­ing! One of the coolest and more mod­ern cities of South Amer­ica that mixes  peo­ple mov­ing at 100 km/h with some really cool places where you can really chill out. The city offers you every­thing from 5-stars hotels, super big shop­ping malls, cool neigh­borh­ods with fancy cafes, fun parks, museum and a mod­ern sub­way that is our pride and will make you find your way around San­ti­ago a lot eas­ier. And best of all, from San­ti­ago you´ll be just on a 1-hour-ride to be ski­ing in the Andes Moun­tains or swim­ming in the Pacific Ocean, depend­ing what is your mood! Which other city in the world can offer you that?? Only Santiago!

Rest­ing on an inland plain, with the Andes glim­mer­ing in the dis­tance, San­ti­ago, the cap­i­tal of Chile, is the fifth largest city in South Amer­ica. San­ti­ago is a city that seems des­tined for growth. The Mapuche destroyed it in 1541, only six months after Pedro de Val­divia founded it, but soon the Span­ish were back and build­ing it up again. Today, it is one of the most mod­ern cities on the con­ti­nent, home to nearly 5 mil­lion inhabitants–over a third of all Chileans.  The city is one of the largest in South Amer­ica and Chile’s cen­ter of commerce.

San­ti­ago is also the cen­tral point of a region filled with attrac­tive sites and activ­i­ties. Only 60 km away are the main South Amer­i­can ski cen­ters, and the beau­ti­ful beaches of the Pacific are only an hour’s drive to the north­west. Just south of San­ti­ago lie the rich and beau­ti­ful vine­yards of the Maipo Val­ley, one of the world’s most esteemed wine pro­duc­ing regions.

The city is bisected by the Rio Mapocho, which gen­tly weaves through from East to West, before descend­ing to the flood plain below. The Mapocho marks the north­ern bor­der of the city cen­ter, which is defined on the west and south by the Via Norte Sur and the Avenida Lib­er­ta­dor Bernardo O’Higgins (known to San­ti­a­gans as the Alameda). Within this area can be found all the major muse­ums, mon­u­ments, and archi­tec­tural sights the city offers.

The very heart of San­ti­ago is the Plaza de Armas, which lies along the Alameda about five blocks south of the river. The city’s Euro­pean her­itage is evi­dent in the Par­que Fore­stal, designed by a French land­scaper on the model of Parisian parks. Walk­ers pass down tree-lined paths along the Mapocho, past small squares and the Museo de Bel­las Artes. The Mer­cado Cen­tral is of British design, with wrought-iron ceil­ing parts that were imported from Eng­land in the mid 19th cen­tury. Today the mar­ket sells a wide vari­ety of fresh, exotic produce.

Across the river, the Bellav­ista neigh­bor­hood is home to many restau­rants and cafes. The Par­que Met­ro­pol­i­tano is Santiago’s play­ground, with walk­ing trails, pic­nic areas, and a zoo. For stun­ning views of the city, vis­i­tors should head to the top of Cerro San Cristòbal, acces­si­ble by bus, funic­u­lar, or by a vig­or­ous hike. Also in the Bellav­ista area is La Chas­cona, the house designed by Nobel-Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda –whose work recently gained pop­u­lar­ity in the film “Il Postino”.