Santiago de Chile
Santiago de Chile is the nation’s capital and one of the neuralgic centers of Chilean activity. Santiago is an historic city more than 2000 years old. It was governed by the Incan Empire from the XV to the XVI century, and served as a starting point for the Incan expeditions to the south and as an obligatory stop on the Camino del Inca (linking the peoples of the Pacific coast with present-day Colombia and Argentina) and today it continues to nurture tourism, art and world culture. It has a broad, modern transport network that includes one of the latest subways in the world. After Buenos Aires, it has the second highest quality of life in Latin America, and is the birthplace of numerous international festivals. It is located in the Maipo Valley and the famous Andes Mountain Range frames the city to the east, meaning we have several ski slopes at our disposal in winter and the most important wineries of the country that are located in the valleys surrounding the city. Like all great post-Columbian metropolis’, the government house, better known by Chileans as the Moneda Palace, the Plaza de Armas and the great cathedral, announce the history and beginnings of the city, whose traces we find immortalized in the Museum of Pre-Columbian art. Touring the neighborhoods of Santiago we find place for all tastes: from the bohemian and nightlife in the neighborhood of Bellavista to the elegance of the Alonso de Córdoba neighborhood. And as if this was not enough, nature also invades the urban center if we are willing to venture to some of the hills that surround it to see how the great metropolis rests at the foot of the Andes Mountains, while the murmur in the streets never sleeps.