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Santiago Top Ten

February 3, 2009

dscn4697It’s been quite a while ago that I wrote the Rio top ten, I had better get to a Santiago version.  Here are 10 items, in to particular order.

10. Plaza de Armas.  Walking up through the Paseo de Ahumada will bring you to the old plaza which features the main Cathedral in Santiago and a super spot to view colonial Chile.  It’s always a good people watching site too, with sellers, performers, and artists.

9. Santa Lucia Hill.  Maybe because the first time I ever went up this hill there was a big fire in town and I got to watch the whole event from a great top view, but I always enjoy taking a peek from Santa Lucia Hill.  On the hill you’ll also catch theater groups, singers, etc.

8.  Make sure to take in any one of the millions of places that serve churrasco sandwiches.  Plan on overeating, and if you ask for it “Italiano” you’ll get the tri-colors of avocado, mayonnaise, and tomato.

7.  San Cristobal Hill.  You can hike up, bike up, train up, tram up, drive up, but no matter how you get there, you’ll get a view of all of Santiago, north and south, and you can grab a little snack of cuchufli, mote, or palmeras.

8.  La moneda.  Maybe it’s the architecture, maybe it is knowing that it was the site of the 1973 coup attempt, maybe it is knowing that Allende committed suicide there, I don’t know, it’s just a cool place to visit.  Add the changing of the guards, or a quick stop to the museum underneath, and you’ve got a top ten spot in Santiago.

6.  Parque Forestal.  All along the Mapocho River is a park that makes for a great jogging path.  You can follow the park all the way from the Central Market on up into Providencia if you want.

5.  Pueblito los Domincos.  The arts and crafts that are sold are somehow cooler when located right next to the church.  I’ve always liked handicrafts more when you can see the artists making them in front of you.  Well worth checking it out.

4.  Bella Vista.  I’ve always loved how Spanish uses the word “bohemia” to mean artsy, in a way that it doesn’t have the same exact meaning in English.  Anyway, Bella Vista is the “bohemian” part of town, and fun to look around, including clubs and restaurants.

3.  Chascona.  Every so often it is fun to get a glimpse at how geniuses think. Visiting Neruda’s hideway home with Matilde gives you a view at how eccentric genius minds work.  “Oh yes, let’s make this room look like a boat’s galley.”  “Yes, let’s make a collection of the bizarre in this room.”

2.  Central Market.  I’m not sure why I enjoy this place so much because the smell of fish isn’t really the greatest smell in the world.  But I enjoy seeing all of the Paila Marina and the tons of seafood options that are there.  The fruit sections are always cool as well.

1. Universidad Católica.  Although we’ll be attending a lecture at the university, many people forget to take a little walking tour inside the many buildings.  There are some neat courtyards, gardens, and get-a-way spots that are totally unexpected.