Santiago, Chile (Capital)

Plaza de Armas Santiago Chile
Plaza de Armas - Santiago, Chile
Mercado Central Santiago Chile
Mercado Central - Santiago, Chile
Chilean Lunch Santiago Chile
Chilean Lunch - Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile (Capital) (1/14-15/2010)

Hola! from Santiago, capital and largest city (population 5 million) of Chile with nearly a third of Chile’s entire population.

Santiago is one of South America’s more modern, clean, and rather cosmopolitan cities with good transportation, trendy areas, and quite affordable prices.  

Santiago lacks the rich culture and popular tourist destinations of other South American cities and is normally a jumping off point for other Chilean locations. 

The wonderful Chilean hospitality in Santiago outshines any normal big city unfriendliness. People all over the city went out of their way to help us and be friendly.

Wayne's New Friends Santiago Chile
Wayne's New Friends - Santiago, Chile
Pedestrian Shopping Walkways Santiago Chile
Pedestrian Shopping Walkways - Santiago, Chile
Chilean Girls Santiago Chile
Chilean Girls - Santiago, Chile
Santiago was just a quick stopover for us to organize the rest of our adventures in Chile but we were able to get around a bit and discover some enjoyable places. 

We wandered Santiago's downtown area visiting the historic Plaza de Armas and Cathedral De Santiago (see photos). We also walked pedestrian shopping walkways, witnessed a political event, and had lunch at the Mercado Central famous for its Chilean fish and wine (see photos). 

At night we had a chance to visit Santiago's trendy neighborhoods of Barrio Paris-Londres and Barrio Bellavista having a wonderful dinner at the outdoor Patagonia Café (see photos).

Some history... The Spanish founded Santiago in 1541. Overcoming resistance from the native Incas, floods and earthquakes, the Spanish Conquistadores prevailed. Independence from
Political Event Santiago Chile
Political Event - Santiago, Chile
Spain was declared in 1817.

Please also see our 7 other blog posts for beautiful Chile:

Outdoor Cafe Patagonia in Barrio Paris Londres Santiago Chile
Outdoor Cafe (Patagonia)
in Barrio Paris-Londres - Santiago, Chile

Chile - Santa Cruz & Colchagua Valley Wine Country

Street Performers Santiago Chile
Street Performers - Santiago, Chile

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