Please keep in mind Santiago is a 6 million people Latin urban conglomeration, housing 50% of Chile population, and above 90% of he country's economic transactions and wealth. It is a city to enjoy, walk and explore specially Downtown and Mid-town areas which will be more appealing and more authentically Chilean/Latin. Crowded, busy, noisy, friendly and unique? Like buses? Santiago has thousands, all yellow color and a wide variety of street art. Street dogs...all over. ......well that's all about Latin America...come and see it all !!!!!! HOLA, GRACIAS, COMO ESTAS? make yourself familiar with these expressions.
·Alameda is short name for 'Bernardo OHiggins' avenue, Chile-s longest street running with several names from the Andes to the Coast. Pedestrian streets Paseo Ahumada and Huerfanos are the heart of Downtown area. A full hand of money exchange houses, street vendors, street actors, and all the possible people watching of urban tribes. Ripley and Falabella department stores are a great show of good offers.
·San Cristobal hill, inside Parque Metropolitano , with funicular, cable car, zoo, 2 swimming pools, Japanese garden and great views from the top Virgin Mary statue. Great views at 5pm in winter and 9pm in summer.. Funicular closed on Mondays but can get to the top by taxi with maximum rate 3,000 pesos. Strongly reccomend getting to the top at sunset.
·Do not miss Precolumbian museum and nearby old Congress building and gardens, and Justice palace
·Calle Dieciocho street and Palacio Cousino house/museum belonging to Chile’s richest family in last century. Owners of coal and nitrate mines. Continue east to Almagro Park and Iglesia Sacramentinos church, like being in Paris...or continue to west streets Republica, Ejercito, Republica, Espana old mansions quarter and now students quarter
vSernatur tourist office and nearby Red Phone Box restaurant and old and English used books plaza
vShopping arcades surrounding Los Leones metro station
vParque Arauco and trendy Alto Las Condes. Both accesible from Escuela Militar metro station
vHyatt hotel design
vLos Dominicos antiques village
vAlonso de Cordova avenue will surprise you with its trendy and modern style stores in classic houses and mansions
1.Valparaiso and Vina del Mar cities. Valparaiso port, hilly and collorful houses, cable cars, world heritage area, bohemian life and art displays. Vina del Mar is the summer resort, beaches, casino, picturesque coastline
2.Ski resorts nearby Santiago
3.Cajon del Maipo canyon.Banos Morales-Colina hot springs, El Morado glacier- park, Cascada de las Animas park, Casa Bosque restaurant, great views, water rafting and trekking)
4.Isla Negra and Pablo Neruda 2nd house
5.Pomaire pottery center
6.Rancagua, San Fernando, Santa Cruz central valley and wineries
7.La Ligua textile town
Enjoy SANTIAGO’S Nightlife .…and Cuisine
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·You can drink tap water safely. Drink plenty as you dehidrate easily
·UNIMARC supermarket , across the park, o Portugal street, is open until 10pm.
·Empanadas (types: meat "empanada de horno", cheese “empanada de queso” are a great deal..very filling) . In some places they offer shrimp or seafood “empanada”
·Typical Drinks: "Pisco Sour", Wine (specially cheap and great variety in supermarkets like Jumbo, Lider, Unimarc, Santa Isabel), Beer (Cristal, Escudo, Kuntsmann, Austral), “mote con huesillos” (dried peach boiled, plus corn, sweet and cold great drink)
·Specialties in food: "Pastel de Choclo" (corn cake with meat or chicken, in clay pot), "Cazuela" (stew..meat or chicken, gren beans, potato, pumpkin, rice) any type of Seafood and Shell Fish, "Biste a lo Pobre" (steak, french fries, onion, fried eggs), "Hot Dogs" (in Chile served with avocado, tomato and mayonaise make up the “italiano”), typical Chile cakes "Alfajores", "Chilenitos" & "Cuchuflis" (cakes filled with cramel), sandwiches like "Churrasco" (steak and cheese) and "Chacarero" (steak,green beans, tomato and mayonaise). Marmelade made of local fruits: Alcayota, Membrillo
·Desserts: Ice creams are great, and fresh fruits ("Chirimoya", "Papaya", "Lucuma", great apples, bananas, pears, peaches, berries)
·Plaza Italia area: Fuente Alemana, next to KFC, is a must for sandwiches (open mon-sat up to 11pm). Valle de Oro, at the corner of Portugal and Alameda, is a must for pizzas. (open mon-sun) or “La Hacienda” at the corner of Carbineros de Chile and Vicuna Mackenna
·Barrio Lastarria's "R punto", "Gatopardo, "Les Assasins", "Cafe Escondido", "Berry". Outdoors cafes specially on Jose Miguel de la Barra and Rosal streets: "Brain Works", "Cafe Santiago"
·Downtown’s “Adobes de Argomedo” has a great folk show and great food. Easteries around Plaza de Armas have a wide variety of cheap and simple food. The outdoor cafe in the plaza is great for people watching. Watch your valuables. Famous “Cafe con Piernas” is part of Chile kitsch culture (indoors coffee shops were waitresses wear tiny lingerie or topless) Find them in covered alleys bear Ahumada or Huerfanos pedestrian streets. Indian food, the one and only!! Majestic, in downtown
·Mercado Central has 2 main and costly restaurants but there are several good choices of small eateries. Great and tasty seafood and shell fish. Donde Augusto is a must but high prices. Budget great places are Rincon Marino and Pailas Blancas. Near this place look for La Piojera typical dusty bar.
·Bellavista bohemian quarter with popular restaurants like "Eladio" (great steak), "Havana Salsa" Cuba Tropicana type of show), "Galindo" (great Chile food, pisco sour, cafe) and trendy "Etniko" (great suchi with electronic music ambiance), "Como Agua para Chocolate" (the best international cuisine). Bars like "Tapas y Copas, "La Boheme", "Off the Record". Clubs like "La Feria" (trendy electronic music) & "Punta Brown" (for latin, pop, etc). LA SALITA Merced 142 . Many pubs offering "Schop" (draft beer). PECADO CAPITAL--Ernesto Pinto Lagarrigue 192
·Barrio Brasil's "Los Buenos Muchachos" (great show) and “Ocean Pacific”. Near by, next to Metro Station Union Latinoamericana you will find gothic/techno/80’s pop underground great club “Blondie”
·Bellavista Gay scene includes: trendy club "Bunker" (great on saturdays), "Bokhara" (specially crowded on thu and fri), "Fausto" tue to sun and dark room on wed), and restaurant "Capricho Espanol". Saunas in the same area include famous Bellavista 282. Ask for shows and venues, "Sarita Colonia" is a trendy bar,
·Avenida Italia's MUCCA--Av. Italia 830 , "De Cangrejo a Conejo" are a great deal . YAGAN. El Sofa club. AHUAHIERBA--Marín 0285. CLUB MIEL Av. Bilbao
·Plaza Nunoa's various students pubs and great deal restaurants surrounding areas of the plaza
·Manuel Montt st, metro same name, gather sevarl pubs and live music bars, also great Peruvian restaurant Barandarian, suchi bar .
·Providencia street's "Liguria" and trendy “Pinch of Pancho", "Red Phone Box" pub. Near Manuel Montt street gathers a great variety of pubs and restaurants. “El Huerto” is a great vegetarian restaurant, Orrego Luco st. SANTO REMEDIO--Ricardo Lyon 45 local 3. BALSAMICO--Ricardo Lyon 45 local 3
·Avenida Suecia's crowded dozens of "happy hour" bars, some live music at "Mr.Ed", "Green Bull")
·Avenida El Bosque and Isidora Goyenechea gather most of business type and up scale restaurants. Also pubs like "TG Fridays", bars like “Hooters", coffe shops "Starbucks", great happy hours at “Publicity”
·Irish Flanerys/Dublín pub in Tobalaba metro, and Red Phone Box restaurant (metro Manuel Montt) gather UK visitors, and Sephia bar. Vitacura avenue's "Las Urracas". Las Condes has several Go-Go girls bars like Platinum, Champagne, Lucas Bar, Shampoo (be ready to pay a cover US$ 30 and drinks at US$ 20 each just for the company of a girl). Lucas Bar in Av.Suecia and Passapoga located in Providencia. MITTO--Av. Vitacura 8653. SALA MURANO--Plaza San Enrique, Lo Barnechea
·Wineries: Concha y Toro (and nearby great restaurant "La Vaquita Echa), Cousino Macul, Undurraga, Santa Rita (fine cuisine at a great hacienda) make a great trip to Chile's Central Valleys.(make a booking first)
Chile highlights outside Central Region:
(plan ahead, book ahead, check prices, transportation sources and schedules, ....and weather and equipment needed)
Torres del paine and Patagonia
San Pedro and desert
Lake district and Lake crossing to Bariloche
Lauca Park in Chile/Bolivia high plateau
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