First day the Chilean capital

March 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Here we are... We just arrived in Santiago in the middle of the afternoon after a long 14h of flying overnight. Our first impressions occurred just before landing when the plane flew over the Andes and we were blessed with a magnificent view over the Cordillera.

The CordilleraShot with my IPhone. Just before landing, we saw the characteristic mineral colours of the Andes, with a background of snowy peaks

After refreshing ourselves at the hotel and having a short break at the bar, we decided to go out to discover the area around it. The location of our hotel (http://www.thesingular.com/santiago/lastarria/) was very central (in Lastarria). We walked in the area and found the pedestrian passage "Jose Vittorio Lastarria" vibrant with restaurants, small shops and bars. We continues our walk to Cerro Santa Lucia, a communal park set on a hill with a beautiful view from the city. It was a nice way to relax after our long flight and take a breather.

Cerro Santa LuciaCerro Santa Lucia is a small hill in the centre of Santiago in Chile that is also a communal park. It has a vibrant vegetation and you can go up to enjoy a panoramic view of the city

We then crossed the river and walked to Barrio Bellavista which was about 10-15min walk from our hotel. We discovered a bustling area with bars, restaurants and art galleries. Even the walls were painted with very artistic graffitis.

We hoped that we could still visit "La Chascona", the former home of poet Pablo Neruda and now the home of his foundation. It was a very entertaining experience, we loved the 1950' original furniture and the story that surrounded him and his wife during the difficult political changes through which Chile went.

La ChasconaPablo Neruda's house in Santiago

We went back to our hotel to rest a little before heading for diner to a local restaurant (http://www.mulato.cl/). We enjoyed the food (the fish in particular was really good) but started to feel the effect of the trip. We headed back to the hotel for a good night sleep.


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