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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Explore and Enjoy This Lovely City of Santiago, Chile

Santiago is the capital of CHILE. It is the fifth largest city of South America. Santiago is the central point of region filled with sites and activities. Only 60 km away are the main South American ski centres, and the beautiful beaches of the Pacific. Maipo Valley is one of the world’s most wine producing regions.

Chile is considered the Switzerland of the south not only because of its mountainous terrain but also due to its efficiency right from unique nightlife that starts at happy hours to a great museum in the city. Santiago is a typical capital city with much to offer to any tourist.

There are interesting things to do in Santiago:

Visit the CERROS (HILLS): In Spanish Cerro’s means hills and Santiago is filled with them. CERRO SAN CRISTOBEL is one of the famous hills in the city, where you can spend an entire day relaxing and exercising or going to see the gorgeous sunset. Once you reach the top you’ll be treated with sweeping views of Santiago. The summit also features an amphitheatre, sanctuary to the Immaculate Conception and a little church and a large white statue of the VIRGIN MARY. You can get up there by hiking or riding a bike.

MERCADO CENTRAL: Foodies should make it a point to stop by the Mercado Central for lunch or dinner. Santiago Chaotic seafood market is a mix of fishmongers selling the fresh catches, and the restaurants then cook them.

LAS VACAS GORDAS is a great restaurant for tourists to relax and eat scrumptious steak while sipping on a glass of red wine. The restaurant also has a wood fired grill, which provides excellent barbecued meat that is superb. If you are a lover of Sushi, then Santiago has countless Sushi restaurants.

Ride some rides at FANTASILANDIA. This Chilean theme park is no Canada’s Wonderland, but it has a great selection of roller-coaster and rides for every type of age group. It is fun to experience if you have some time to spare.

CONSIGNMENT SHOPPING IN AVENIDA BANDERA. Santiago de Chile is famous for its
Consignment shopping and has a large selection of vintage chains like Orange Blue, Nostalgic and Cero99. Shopper will find over 30 different consignment store in less than two blocks in Avenida Bandera. If at all interested in Local Jewellery especially artistic, there are three Ferias. BELLA VISTA, SANTO DOMINGO AND SANTA LUCIA. 

These places offer great, cheap Jewellery made from glass, tagua nut and official gem of Chile Lapiz Lazuli. There is also a large selection of hand knot glove, sweaters and hats. Bella vista is a special market, where it offer the tourist to purchase MAPICHE handcrafted items produced from vegetable fibres and natural sheep’s wool, all pun, dyed and woven by hand. That is really something amazing.

MUSIC AND DANCING: If you love salsa dancing, there are live salsa shows as well as some dance clubs with live bands in Santiago. This place is also popular for Jazz music scene, the most famous venue. Club DE jazz where music legends like Louis Armstrong and Wynton Marsalis played.

FUTBOL: If you like sports or even if you don’t, going to see a local Chilean football game is an experience worth having. The crowd gets rowdy and chants and jumps nearly the entire game. These games are very different from watching sports in your home country.

If you love SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING then you can hit the slopes at VALLE NEVADO, EL COLORADO OR LA PARVA in Santiago. If you are a beginner or on a budget you can visit LAGUNILLAS the closet and smallest ski resort located in CAJON DE MAIPO. There are companies that will organize the whole trip for you including clothing, rental if needed.

For ADVENTURE option there are several different place to go like the white water rafting in CAJON DE MAIPO, you can drive yourself or set up with a local tour company to take you out for the day. The ski resort in the Andes has set up a summer activities at the Parque de Montana Farellones. They have rope courses, trampolines, mountain biking, rock climbing, tubing and trekking. You can also head to the beaches to swim, scuba dive, kayak or surf in the nearby Pacific Ocean.

If you’re in Santiago with your Kids and they are sick of the typical tourist destinations, if you are looking to take a day off from traveling well the Santiago has a lot of family friendly destination. You can check out the NATIONAL ZOO in Bella vista to the accompanying PARQUE METROPOLITANO which is massive and is full of hiking paths, gardens and pools. Take the family out of the city at the BUIN ZOO or Granja Ventura for Some interactive farm fun. For fish lovers check out the Aquarium or if your kids are in love with the stars take them to the Planetarium.

This city has a number of hidden gems to offer. Enjoy your time in Santiago, Chile. Don’t lose this opportunity.

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