Chile is a country of music, fashion scene, and blossoming art, ruled by the politically active younger set breathes new life into Santiago and the country at large. Chile is worldly popular for its historical background rather than its present time accomplishments. It’s more practical to experience the vibrant scene, by focusing on a handful of central neighborhoods which visit the past while savoring the local delicacies of Santiago.
Breakfast Chilean style is a comfortable affair and is a significant way people do from the local cafes. Local specialty sopaipilla is a must try. Check out boundless soda fountain Dominó and buy a sandwich with a ham, avocado, and cheese inside and a raspberry juice Chilean style for starters.
May your way and tour through the Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza de Armas. It’s a must visit one of the museums that abound in the area. Museo de Arte Precolombino is one of these museums that has an impressive collection of Pre-Colombian art from all over Latin America. The Pre-Colombian era starts with Museo Histórico Nacional and perturbing display of Salvador Allende’s broken glasses is the finale. During the dictatorship, the featured works by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró by Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende in a grand townhouse was utilized as a listening station. A worthy spot to take some pictures is in front of presidential palace La Moneda.
Santiago’s main fish and seafood market — Mercado Central — where seafood lovers will be overwhelmed by the endless choices. Another available food for munching is empanada or two to go for onces or afternoon tea. The traditional empanada that contains ground beef and onion is always available but there are the seafood versions, jaiba or crab and machas or razor clams and cheese have fantastic flavors.
Witness the curious décor of poet Pablo Neruda’s La Chascona home by heading yourself to the Bellavista neighborhood. In 1973, this house – one of his 3 homes – was ransacked and partially burned during the military coup. It has since been lovingly brought back the structure and filled with pieces from his other homes. Watch the sun dip over the city when you’re in the place on the funicular ride up to the top of Cerro San Cristobal. This is a large statue of the Virgin Mary can be spotted and leads over the stretch of the city and the Andes.
These are the reasons why the capital has the ideal location: there is the accessible jump-off to the Atacama Desert to the north; Patagonia to the south or to Easter Island 2000 miles west in the Pacific. There’s an available bus trip going to the pottery village of Pomaire, the hills, and shades of coastal Valparaíso and the natural world of Cajón del Maipo.