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5 Alternatives to Starbucks in Santiago

5 Alternatives to Starbucks in Santiago March 31, 2012 | Food, Things to Do | Read More
Photo by kkmarais. It’s a feeling most of us know, even world travelers. We’re in a new place, hearing a new language, trying to figure out the public transportation system between visits to the ATM, souvenir shopping, church peeping, and all we really want is a relaxing place to drink a...

Skateboarding in Santiago

Skateboarding in Santiago March 20, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
Photo by magoexperto.   If you’re a skateboarder yourself, or just looking for a place to see some (mostly young) locals doing what locals do, the people watching could not be better than at a skate park. It’s a reasonably small community, and most of the skaters at each particular...

Short and sweet hike up Santiago’s Cerro San Cristobal Hill

Short and sweet hike up Santiago’s Cerro San Cristobal Hill March 15, 2012 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
  The view from Cerro San Cristobal in Santiago, Chile. Photo by David Berkowitz. Cerro San Cristobal is one of two iconic hills from which you can get a good aerial view of Santiago, Chile. It has two main access points, with the bulk of people going up on the Pio Nono (Bellavista) side on Saturdays...

Daytrip from Santiago: Pomaire

Daytrip from Santiago: Pomaire February 27, 2012 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
You can also catch a folkloric show in Pomaire. Photo: Pedro Villavicencio. Santiago has quite a lot to offer, but it’s hard to get to know Chile, precisely, when you’re within the city. For a close-by look into more of the huaso (Chilean cowboy) culture, as well as a chance to buy low-priced,...

Souvenir Shopping in Santiago

Souvenir Shopping in Santiago February 19, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
Photo: rodri_gop. A fun part of many people’s trip is thinking about what to bring home for those who you left behind. While it’s nice to send a postcard, there’s also a certain satisfaction in bringing out a souvenir you picked up on the road, and tell the story behind it. Where you...

La Vega, Santiago’s real “central market”

La Vega, Santiago’s real “central market” February 14, 2012 | Food, Things to Do | Read More
  Photo: La Bicicleta Verde If you’re coming to Santiago, everyone will tell you to go to the central market to have lunch. Fair enough. It’s tourist-friendly (and tourist-priced), you get to sit in a large, bustling pretend market and possibly have an accordion player amble through...

Chilean Film Wins at Sundance Festival

Chilean Film Wins at Sundance Festival February 8, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
Still from the movie Violeta Se Fue a Los CielosVioleta Se Fue a Los Cielos, a movie about the life of Violeta Parra, one of Chile’s great folk heroes has made a big splash at the Sundance festival, winning the World Cinema Jury Prize. Violeta Parra was a Chilean painter, potter, embroiderer, sculptor...

Driving trips from Santiago, Santa Cruz and Pichilemu

Driving trips from Santiago, Santa Cruz and Pichilemu January 24, 2012 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Photo by avodrocc on Flickr.   For a quick escape from Santiago, everyone will tell you to go to a winery and the coast (unless they’re telling you to go to the mountains, in which case, here’s an idea). But which winery, or at least which wine valley, and which beach? As it happens,...

Saint Patrick’s Day 2012 in Santiago

Saint Patrick’s Day 2012 in Santiago January 20, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
Photo by Umberto Fisterol on Flickr. Spending Saint Patrick’s day far from home in Santiago, Chile? Where summertime is just coming to an end, and it feels like nothing Irish at all is going on? Don’t panic, because Santiago has a large number of Irish bars, to sit, while away the hours,...

Day Trip Ideas from Santiago, Cajon de Maipo

Day Trip Ideas from Santiago, Cajon de Maipo January 17, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
Photo by pcasko on Flickr. Santiago makes a great travel destination, and many people will choose to stay in the city for several days, making trips to the central market, the two iconic hills in the city, as well as the museums, taking long walks, appreciating the architecture and just generally getting...