After such an amazing month in Colombia our plan of stopping over in Santiago was more about breaking up the long haul flights home to Australia than really getting time to explore anywhere new. Within a couple of hours in the capital we could tell that we had totally misjudged the appeal of the city.
With a looming mountain vista, a walkable cultural centre, a refreshingly cool climate, and a visible street-art scene, we quickly realised that a few days in Santiago would never be enough.
Then there’s the food. For seafood and wine lovers Chile knows how to win you over with crisp whites, tasty reds, killer oysters and locally sourced ocean delicacies. From what we could tell mid week the night life also has a gregarious, pisco sour infused style all of it’s very own – with plenty of options to shake it like a latino!
We chose to stay in the creative heart of the city in one of the many historic buildings that have been transformed in to hostels – close enough to the river, grand central parks, main museums and galleries. After exploring the areas of Bellas Artes and Bellavista we realised you could spend a couple of days indulging your palate in the cafes, restaurants and nightclubs in these two suburbs alone.
The edgy style of Santiago and the super friendly locals inspired a conversation about returning to spend more time in Chile; besides the obvious hiking appeal of all the naturally diverse spaces we realise that the skinniest country in South America deserves a lot more special attention. Next time!