Once passed over as a sleepy town at the end of the world, Santiago is now a bustling metropolis and an up-and-coming hotbed of culinary activity, not to mention its thriving cultural scene and hyperkinetic nightlife. Bordered on all sides by mountains, the Chilean capital is a patchwork quilt made up of old-world colonial mansions, eclectic pockets of youthful energy and the austere skyscrapers of the aptly nicknamed “Sanhattan” district. Despite their differences, these neighborhoods blend seamlessly from one to the next in a perfect fusion of classic and modern. Come discover for yourself what all the buzz is about.
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Start the day in Santiago’s historical center for an introduction to Chile’s storied past, from its Spanish colonial roots to more recent, politically charged events. Explore the Plaza de Armas, the presidential palace La Moneda and La Vega Central, Santiago’s largest and most vibrant produce market for the past 200 years.
Meander through some of the lesser-known barrios of Santiago including Republica and Concha y Toro, once home to Santiago’s high society. Make your way through the cobblestone streets of the bohemian Lastarria neighborhood and on into the tree-lined Parque Forestal.
Ride an old-fashioned funicular up the side of Cerro San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views from its summit 984 feet above the city. Drop in on Pablo Neruda’s Santiago home, La Chascona, and take a peek into the life and mind of Chile’s most beloved poet.