Even if you’re just starting to learn about Chile, one thing is for sure. You know about Chilean wine. You know that Chile is famous for its reds, specifically Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. You also know it for being where the once thought to be extinct Carmenere grape was rediscovered which has made this another [...]
As you might imagine, there is no giant ice-skating rink with a big Christmas tree in the middle in Santiago, Chile at Christmas time. It’s summertime here, and while you will find some sweaty, bearded “viejitos pascueros” (Santa Clauses) and two large, public Christmas trees, one at Estación Central, and the other at the Plaza de Armas, Christmas may not feel exactly like it does at home.
One of the main attractions of Latin America is the vibrant markets, which tend to be very different from how we shop for staples at home. Santiago, Chile is a very modern city with plenty of supermarkets, but it’s also lucky enough to have a good collection of permanent markets, that make shopping for fresh fruit, vegetables and other food products much less expensive and quite a bit more colorful.
Santiago is located in a wide valley surrounded by mountains and with an amazing view of the Andes. While you’ll see snow on the highest peak all year round, it’s especially beautiful in winter when the magnificent snow is visible very close to the city.
You may have seen them, in every crafty souvenir shop in Chile, from Los Dominicos at the old cloister, or in Bellavista, a shopping and nightlife district. Three-legged terra cotta pigs. The story behind the pigs, and why they are called “chanchitos de la suerte” (lucky pigs) may not be clear, but everyone knows that if you’d like to spend a day eating traditional food, walking through a cute town, and perusing more terra cotta dishes and casseroles, sugar jars, salsa bowls, and yes, little pigs, then Pomaire is your place.
Santiago is a large city, with almost seven million inhabitants. But all those people don’t mean it’s just a concrete jungle, with no place to enjoy nature. In fact, green space in and around Santiago is plentiful, with urban parks, two hills in the middle of the city, and more than a few hikeable parks very close by. Here’s a selection so you can get some fresh air and relaxation while visiting Chile’s capital.