Cyder Photography: Blog en-us (C) C Deretz [email protected] (Cyder Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:02:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:02:00 GMT Cyder Photography: Blog 120 120 Santiago Museums and Landmarks We started our second day in the capital with some Museums. First the The "Museo del Arte Contemporaneo" where we saw a few interesting exhibitions and the "Museo del Bellas Artes" with an exhibition from Norton Maza ( that struck us for its originality and creativity (see video at the bottom). 

Norton Maza - El RaptoTemporary exhibition at the Museo de Bellas Artes

There was an organic market outside the museum that attracted Laurence like a bee from honey. We spent a bit of time there and headed towards the Plaza de Armas, which is the central square from the city. It is a very nice square surrounded by the cathedral and the "usual" conquistadores statues.

We then walked to the "Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino". We were fascinated by the numerous native civilisation and the sophistication of their craftsmanship.

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

From there, we took a cab (or rather tried to...) to the funicular that is leading up to Cerro San Cristobal, the famous hill were the big virgin Mary statue sits. For whatever reason, the taxi led us to the wrong entrance (the entrance for cars) which was about 3km from the base of the funicular. We then decided to use our feet and walked about 1h and 30min up the hill. This was a good hike (not very well signed) with about 300m uphill where we met a new Zealander that was travelling around the globe. When we arrived, we had only one wish, which was to seat on the steps below this imposant statue. There were a lot of worshippers going up the hill on that day (we were on Easter Sunday) and we realised later that it was a very good choice to hike up because of the long queue to access the funicular.

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First day the Chilean capital 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 ( 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 ( 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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