Santiago de Chile [sanˈtjaɣo ðe ˈtʃile], or simply Santiago, is the capital and largest city of Chile as well as one of the largest cities in the Americas. It is the center of Chile’s largest and the most densely populated conurbation. The city is entirely located in the country’s central valley, at an elevation of 520 m (1,706 ft) above mean sea level.
Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital city of Chile since colonial times. The city has a downtown core of 19th century neoclassical architecture and winding side-streets, dotted by art deco, neo-gothic, and other styles. Santiago’s cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and the fast-flowing Mapocho River, lined by parks such as Parque Forestal. The Andes Mountains can be seen from most points in the city. These mountains contribute to a considerable smog problem, particularly during winter. The city outskirts are surrounded by vineyards and Santiago is within a few hours of both the mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
Santiago is the cultural, political and financial center of Chile and is home to the regional headquarters of many multinational corporations. The Chilean executive and judiciary are located in Santiago, but Congress meets mostly in nearby Valparaíso. Santiago is named after the biblical figure St. James.
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|Santiago and La Chascona||USD 165||November:14, 28
December: 5, 12, 19
January 2018: 9, 16, 30
February: 6, 13
March: 6, 13, 20
April: 3, 10
|Terms: Requires at least 4 pers / tour|
Duration of the trip: 10-11 hours
Start: From Valparaiso, 09:00
Includes: professional driver, licensed vehicle, bilingual guide, tickets for the Neruda museum at La Chascona, and lunch at Mercado Central comprising an appetizer, starter, main course (seafood), dessert, coffee or tea, juice, drinks or wine, and tips.
+ trip Valparaíso-Santiago-Valparaíso
We start in Valparaíso and travel to Santiago through the Curacavi and Casablanca valleys.
Tour of the Chilean capital, Santiago. We visit the civic and historical center of the city, including the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza de Armas.
Visit to Mercado Central indoor market. At the indoor market you can experience traditional Chilean cuisine and the party-like atmosphere that gives this place its unique charm and makes it one of the best market halls in the world.
Visits (includes tickets):
La Chascona Museum – the home of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
The house was built in 1953 for Matilde Urrutia, Neruda’s secret love.
In her honor the house was renamed “La Chascona”, the nickname he gave her in reference to her abundant red hair. The house is home to a portrait painted by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera – a Matilde with two heads. If you look closely at her hair, you can see a diffuse profile of Neruda, her secret lover. This is just one of the many items on show in the house.
In the afternoon we’ll depart for Viña del Mar or Valparaíso through the Curacavi and Casablanca valleys.