Lives in Vina del Mar, Chile
Since Apr 2011
25-34 year old male
I am a medical student in 7th year, also a self-taught photographer and a freelance tour guide.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Jogging Paths & Tracks, Parks
Flea & Street Markets
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Wineries & Vineyards
This is a nice, protected neighborhood with plenty of Neo-Gothic and Neo-Classical architecture to admire. If you're traveling with children, they will love the original Plaza Brasil playground, designed by Federica Matta. Plus, there are lots of coffee shops and restaurants on Cumming Street and Brasil Street.
Head to this quirky, original restaurant — found on Cumming Street — that has different, attention-grabbing themes in each dining room, such as the inside of a boat and even the inside of a whale! Seafood is the main specialty here, and you can eat fresh fish from 'Robinson Crusoe island,' and even from Easter Island.
This historical area of Santiago — found in Barrio Brasil — is a little hidden gem with cobbled streets, palaces, and 1920s mansions that transport you back in time. In the center of the neighborhood is the 'Plaza Libertad de Prensa' (Freedom of the Press Square,) where you'll find a beautiful water fountain and musicians playing their instruments.
This cafe-restaurant — nicely located in the middle of the patrimonial neighborhood Concha y Toro — was the residence of the poet Vicente Huidobro. With a variety of dishes, desserts, coffee, and wine on offer it's the perfect stop to grab a bite or a drink while you're discovering the city.
Find a small piece of Europe in the center of Santiago in the Barrio Paris Londres (Paris-London neighborhood,) which takes its name from the homonymous streets. Walk down narrow, winding cobblestone lanes, surrounded by beautiful buildings featuring Renaissance architecture. The building at 38 London Street was a detention center at the time of the military dictatorship and is now a memorial and center of remembrance for those who lost their lives there.
This is the perfect coffee shop to take some time out to have a quiet moment and to grab some refreshments before you start discovering the 'Parque Bustamante.' You can read and have a nice coffee with cake, and on certain days there are activities for children such as story telling and human chess!
Originally a train line, this lovely park is quiet and peaceful with a coffee shop, open water, a skatepark, and a cycle path.
I know it's not the Pont Des Arts in Paris, or as pretty as Moscow’s Luzhkov Bridge, but in Chile we also have a 'love lock bridge' at 'El Puente Peatonal Condell.' Lovers attach locks to the bridge to 'lock' their love, and throw the keys into the Mapocho River. It's worth a look.
You can find pretty much anything you want to buy in this lovely shopping area, once named as one of the world's 'most beautiful shopping districts.' A mix of old and new, you can wander around antique shops but also discover new design stores and modern art galleries, plus plenty of great restaurants.
This place is named 'Sanhattan,' because it's the financial heart of the city — located in the middle of 'El Golf' neighborhood. Here you can find contemporary architecture, big office buildings, and important hotel chains. Plus, there are some nice, open boulevards with a variety of gastronomic offers and several bars.
You'll find a commitment to the true Italian pizza here: always stone-baked with delicious mozzarella. And the restaurant name makes sense when you try the Tiramisu — the original mascarpone cheese provides a unique flavor.
In this 30-hectare park, created in 2007 by the Municipality of Vitacura, you'll find trails, grass esplanades, different native trees, and ponds — as well as animal life such as black-necked swans, flamingos, herons, and ducks. Plus, there's plenty to do with places to jog and cycle, different sculptures to see, giant chess and games for kids, and a restaurant to eat at.
This park in Las Condes is one of the green lungs of Santiago. Here you can use the cycle path, skate park, and exercise equipment, while kids can enjoy the different playgrounds with slides, swings, and other games. Also you can walk in the garden of roses and visit the aviary.
This is a little, old-fashioned village in las Condes that houses a walled market with many different Chilean handicrafts. Next to the old church, you can find around 200 stores and workshops, offering traditional goods, such as furniture and sculptures, pottery, textiles, metalwork, glass, jewelry, herbs, chilean plants, and even some local foods.
After four years regenerating the residential neighborhood of San Miguel, the Mixart Cultural Center created this impressive public art gallery. Visit this 'open air museum' of street art, comprised of around 40 large and impressive works of graffiti and murals.
Chile is well known for its fine wines and visiting the capital without approaching a vineyard would be a shame! The Santa Rita vineyard is not far from Santiago and offers many options to visit including a classical tour, private tour, premium tour, and bike tour. Plus, you can also visit the Andean museum, restaurant, cafeteria, and of course the wine shop!
The Cajon del Maipo is a beautiful canyon in the Andes, following the Maipo river. You'll find attractions such as the Natural Monument El Morado, Volcano San Jose and Maipo, El Yeso reservoir, a ski center, and several hot springs. You can do many sports and activities here, such as trekking, bungee jumping, 'randonee' (long-distance cycling), skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, kayaking, and rafting.
This beautiful and friendly place, on the way to the Cajon del Maipo, is built of cypress wood, and is a cozy and pleasant place to take a break. The specialty here is food cooked over wood fire.
Sewell was a mining town in the Andes Mountains — copper has been mined here since the early 1900s — and is now a World Heritage Site. Take a tour of the town and check out the small but interesting museum of copper mining.