What to do, where to go, where to eat and where to sleep in Santiago, Chile
Art & museum tours in Santiago:
|Presidential Palace is the heart of the Santiago Government|
Walking tours to see architecture:
|Plaza de Armas|
The Presidential Palace is quite impressive, as is the Municipal Theatre. Slightly further out, the fish market and the old train station are another pair of interesting structures. Wander in any direction and you’re sure to find an impressive older building or a few of Latin America’s tallest modern skyscrapers.
Bicycle tours of Santiago:
For my money, the best way to see a lot of any city in a short amount of time is by bike. You can stop wherever you want, you’re not waiting for erratic bus schedules and the breeze generated is always more refreshing than walking.
|Plaza Libertad de Prensa|
Having seen a number of sites already in Santiago, Andres graciously agreed to change his intended route to show us some areas we hadn’t seen before. Being on a bike, it is so easy to see one site, jump back on and in two minutes be somewhere quite different. We enjoyed hearing about the river one minute, watching skateboarders perform in Barrio Cummings the next , and just minutes later, being in a perfectly quiet, historic residential area of Old Santiago, Plaza Libertad de Prensa, complete with fountain, park benches and gentrified century homes. Places like these would have never been discovered if we had been traveling by bus or our own car.
The people of Santiago were so accommodating, not seeming to mind sharing their sidewalks with bikers. At lunchtime, we even rode down alongside a sidewalk art exhibit and enjoyed a marvelous home-made lunch, packed by Andres’ wife. Paseos en Bicicleta offers partial day, full day and multi-day excursions. See a slide show of images from my bike tour.