Santiago more than a stopover
Today we head south to the beautiful country of Chile. What I like about this city is not only the modern buildings, restaurants and hotels, but its view to the beautiful Andes.
Santiago is for sure, one of the firsts stops on your clients itinerary thanks to the direct flights from Melbourne and Sydney. But don´t be fooled by the layover, this city is worth some days to explore. Right in the centre of the city, clients will enjoy the lively Santiago markets: Mercado Central and Mercado de la Vega. Here they will taste the flavours of this country while enjoying King Crab, piscos and merquén. After a delicious meal, suggest your clients a visit to Cerro San Cristobal to have the best view from the city´s largest green space: Parque Metropolitano. They won´t have to spend too much time hiking up as there is a funicular that carries you between the different sections of the park all the way to the summit where you will admire the city with the Andes on the backdrop, and see why I love this place.
From San Cristobal it’s easy to walk down into Bellavista neighbourhood. Here your clients can enjoy the many bars and restaurants, shops and galleries that characterise this area. The beauty also relies on the street art, where local artists paint the shops walls according to the products sold, so you will see walls of painted shoes, hats, or even bread. In Bellavista your clients can stop by La Chascona, one of Pablo Nerudas´ houses and to learn about this famous Latin-American poet.
Going back to the centre, clients can hike up Cerro Santa Lucía, another great place for a viewpoint, but this one is right in the centre of the city, so they will have a panoramic view of Santiago. If clients are viewpoint hunters, they can also go to the tallest sky scrapper in Latin America, the Gran Torre. Otherwise, they can continue back to the centre and visit the Cathedral, and the Plaza de Armas. Santiago offers a wide range of great museums and architectural wonders, from Palacio de la Moneda to Gabriela Mistral Centre or the Museo Nacional de Historia.
There is so much more to Santiago, so stay tuned for next week to have more recommendations to explore this City on a less conventional way! We take your clients to off the beaten track areas, we tailor the best itinerary for those clients who want the best of the best, we are here to help.