Santiago is a delightful South American city, and one that is full of surprises. Many people visit without expectations and leave enchanted with this city. There are many things to do and see there and also in surrounding area. However if you do manage to spend a few days there, the following are some recommendations you should definitely put on your list.
1. Mercado Central
As the name suggests this is the central food market and is an experience in itself. This mainly seafood market is a good demonstration in organised chaos and makes a delicious and cheap place for a meal. It also gives you a great insight into local life.
2. Cerro San Cristobal
Standing at 880m, this is the second highest point in the city and a great view point. To get there you take the funicular from the station in Bellavista. At the top there is also an ampitheatre, small church and statue of the Virgin Mary. It’s definitely worth the effort to get there for the views.
This bohemian neighbourhood (Pablo Neruda lived there) should be on everyone’s itinerary. Lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and quirky things to look at including outstanding graffiti!
4. Plaza de Armas
This is the historical centre of Santiago. Here you will find the beautiful cathedral amongst many other interesting buildings including the National History Museum. Just to fully appreciate the history of city, this area is a must see.
5. Museum of Memory and Human Rights (Museo de la Memoria y Los Derechos Humanos)
We all know of the not so long ago troubled past of Chile and there is no better place to learn about it all at this very informative and thought provoking museum.
Santiago is just the starting point for a wonderful holiday in Chile. It’s a country that has something for everyone to enjoy and caters well for its visitors. The accommodation is generally of a very good standard with a variety of different styles including colonial haciendas. Have a look at Historic Haciendas for a selection of the best.
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