Santiago de Chile, South America’s best kept secret

This beautiful city is located in a valley at the very foot of the Andes Mountains, offering within the city several hills with gorgeous panoramic views of the city.

Walking through the city we can find a the oldest buildings in Santiago de Chile, El Palacio de la Moneda, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral Church, the Pre-Columbian Art Museum and Casa Colorada are musts that you cannot miss. There are also about 40 art galleries and museums covering various styles and time periods to be visited.

The city has an excellent infrastructure of restaurants and entertainment that can satisfy all tastes. The bohemian Bella Vista has distinguished Restaurants, art galleries, pubs and features the houses of Chile’s world famous writers. Visit the San Cristobal hill by cable car to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and visit the Zoo.

Lovers of good Chilean wines can visit some of the world’s most renowned vineyards, located just a few kilometers away from the city, in the valleys surrounding Santiago like Maipo and Aconcagua.

The proximity to the Andes Mountains makes Santiago perfect for those who love winter sports. Some famous ski centers are: Valle Nevado, La Parva, Farellones, El Colorado.

Their modern road system will take you in less than an hour to the major cities of the coast: Port of Valparaiso, whose historic center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and Viña del Mar, with modern buildings and beaches. Viña del Mar is the site of one of the most popular Spanish song Festivals in the world.

If you like shopping, Santiago offers huge shopping malls where you can find the most famous brands. For something more typical, visit one of the numerous handicrafts fairs around Santiago on the weekends… the indigenous crafts and leather jobs will amaze you!

 

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