Santiago de Chile: Vacations and travel info
Set in a fertile valley, with the peaks of the Andean Cordillera on one side and the Coastal Cordillera on the other, Santiago de Chile is an ever-developing metropolis, boasting an intriguing past, a colorful present and a promising future.
Santiago de Chile, also known simply as Santiago, is the nerve center for nearly forty administrative communities and entities forming the Santiago Metropolitan Area. Here, multiple government offices for the entire country of Chile all come together, along with some of the country's most influential universities, museums, hotels, convention centers, theaters, shopping centers and sporting arenas.
Santiago is also considered a gateway to some of Chile's most fascinating natural landscapes, such as Cajon del Maipo (a little more than thirty miles away), four different ski destinations (about 25 miles away), and the Rio Clarillo National Reserve (28 miles away), along with many other sites that you won't want to miss.
A Little History
The first inhabitants in the area were nomadic groups that lived off of hunting and fruit gathering. Later on, around the year 800 A.D., the fertile shores of the Rio Mapocho were used to develop a new agricultural system. After the arrival of Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia in the 16th century, various confrontations between the native people and the Spanish took place, leading into a long colonial period that reached its peak in 1810.
During the 19th and 20th centuries, Santiago de Chile went through accelerated industrial development, laying the foundation for the modern city that today is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Now, Santiago has one of the best standards of living in Latin America along with one of the world's largest metropolitan areas.
Business in Santiago de Chile
Santiago de Chile is one of the best cities in the country for holding conventions, business meetings and incentive trips. In addition to its status as a hub for various national and international flights, this metropolis features modern facilities, including beautiful hotels and convention centers with capacities reaching up to 7,000 guests. The city's excellent telecommunications system allows visitors in Santiago to stay connected with the office or family back in their hometown. On the other hand, Santiago de Chile's natural mountainous surroundings provide the ideal backdrop for group activities.
Learning More about Santiago de Chile
The well-laid streets of downtown Santiago ("Centro") draw in the eyes of locals and visitors alike, along with the eclectic mix of modern buildings and neoclassic palaces. A stroll through the Santiago's Centro Civico, where you'll come across the Palacio de la Moneda (Chile's government headquarters), is a must-see during your trip to this fascinating city. Art and history blend together at the numerous museums and art galleries dedicated to traditional local artisanry.
Although it has seen impressive growth and expansion in the last few decades, it's undeniable that Santiago de Chile has managed to conserve its traditional flavors. This fact is proven by the city's great restaurants and bohemian bars, where you can try delicious Creole dishes accompanied by a bottle of the best South American wine. In fact, a visit to some of the wineries just outside the city is one of the most interesting activities Santiago has to offer. There, you'll learn all about the wine-making process while trying some local samples.
Outside Santiago de Chile
Be sure to make a trip to Cajon del Maipo, a beautiful mountainous landscape where you can spend a few days relaxing or enjoy an adventurous day outdoors. Near the city, you'll also find Pomaire, a traditional town known for its typical Chilean empanadas and delicious corn cakes.
About 25 miles outside Santiago de Chile, you'll come across a few world-famous ski centers where you can dive into an exciting world of descending down snowy slopes. Spend an exciting vacation learning this sport or perfecting your technique. These ski centers offer sporting goods stores, well-tended slopes, cozy hotel rooms and great restaurants.
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