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Santiago, Chile - Things To Do In The Neighborhoods Of The Capital

Chile travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2008 April 2009 April 2014   » View Photoset (231 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I had passed through Santiago a few times before but didn't visit the city properly until a recent trip in 2014. I spent 3 days walking many kms exploring
Chile Photo - A montage of things depicted in this street mural in the Brazil neighborhood in Santiago.
A montage of things depicted in this street mural in the Brazil neighborhood in Santiago.
and I must say that I absolutely loved the place. I stayed very close to the Plaza de Armas, this really is the heart of the city, not the plaza but the blocks all around filled with 100's of shops, places to eat and street activity ranging from music groups to clowns and comical impersonators. History and historic architecture as well as old churches, statues and monuments are scattered all around the city. Santiago is an easy place to navigate overland around the streets but also has a fantastic modern and clean underground train system. There are some lovely parks and green spaces to be enjoyed, you are never too far away from one.

Bellavista Neighborhood

Santiago has many very distinctive neighborhoods, 2 of them I spent a lot of time in, one was Barrio Bellavista. I had planned
Chile Photo - A woman in orange wall mural looks down on a man walking past in Bellavista, Santiago.
A woman in orange wall mural looks down on a man walking past in Bellavista, Santiago.
to visit this neighborhood but actually stumbled upon it anyway while just walking around, it's about 20mins walk from the center. Bellavista is a Bohemian neighborhood full of vibrant streets, cafes, restaurants, bars and block after block of fine street art and murals. Murals are a huge part of Chilean culture, every city I have been to is full of it! I enjoyed over 2 and a half hours of street art photography right there. Bellavista is very close to the university so has many young people around, it's a very cool place to hang out.

Brazil Neighborhood

For the next day I planned to visit the Brazil Neighborhood (Barrio Brazil). I had researched this place before I arrived in town and knew it was the crem de la crem location to see street art. It is also the most overlooked neighborhood in Santiago by travelers, probably because it is more rundown and a lot less safe. And yes it is, it is not Bellavista! Barrio Brazil for me was just amazing,
Chile Photo - Ugly street corner made beautiful by a mural of a woman in Santiago.
Ugly street corner made beautiful by a mural of a woman in Santiago.
5 solid hours photographing block after block, street after street, wall after wall after wall of mostly fantastic murals and street art. The kind of thing that makes you fall in love with street corners!

Other Points of Interest

On my 3rd day in Santiago I wandered around trying to see anything I hadn't seen before as well as book a bus for the next day across the border to Mendoza. I did that in the morning by getting the train to the university station to buy the ticket. During the day I saw the old Congress Palace, the theatre, various plazas and churches and briefly visited another neighborhood called Barrio Lastarria, the neighborhood of cinemas, theaters, museums and fine restaurants. Santa Lucia Hill is another great place to visit, a park on a hill with stone staircases climbing up to the lookout point at the top. In the evening on my last night in town 2 local friends who I met the year before in Uruguay drove me to see a few sights. They took me to Bicentennial Park as the sun was going down, a new and very large park that receives around 300,000 visitors per year. I really look forward to visiting Santiago again in the future! From Santiago I travelled by bus over the mountains to Mendoza in Argentina.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Santiago (Chile) to:


Map location: Santiago, Chile. Santiago is a modern city with many neighborhoods to explore, from upmarket to bohemian, there's an underground rail system too! Spend several days here, you'll like it I'm sure! And yes I hope to get south of here to the Patagonia later in 2017!
 A : Santiago to Mendoza - Chile 75 kms 75 kms straight distance | 1hr 16mins 1hr 16mins by car (97 kms) | 1hr 31mins 1hr 31mins by bus (97 kms) (97 kms)
 B : Valparaiso - Chile 79 kms 79 kms straight distance | 1hr 12mins 1hr 12mins by car (100 kms) | 1hr 26mins 1hr 26mins by bus (100 kms) (100 kms)
 C : Mendoza from Santiago - Argentina 126 kms 126 kms straight distance | 2hrs 56mins 2hrs 56mins by car (207 kms) | 3hrs 31mins 3hrs 31mins by bus (207 kms) (207 kms)
 D : Mendoza - Argentina 198 kms 198 kms straight distance | 5hrs 16mins 5hrs 16mins by car (379 kms) | 6hrs 19mins 6hrs 19mins by bus (379 kms) (379 kms)
 E : Coquimbo - Chile 391 kms 391 kms straight distance | 5hrs 5mins 5hrs 5mins by car (478 kms) | 6hrs 6mins 6hrs 6mins by bus (478 kms) (478 kms)
 F : La Serena - Chile 398 kms 398 kms straight distance | 5hrs 9mins 5hrs 9mins by car (483 kms) | 6hrs 10mins 6hrs 10mins by bus (483 kms) (483 kms)
 G : San Juan - Argentina 307 kms 307 kms straight distance | 7hrs 6mins 7hrs 6mins by car (551 kms) | 8hrs 31mins 8hrs 31mins by bus (551 kms) (551 kms)
 H : Cordoba - Argentina 658 kms 658 kms straight distance | 12hrs 36mins 12hrs 36mins by car (1034 kms) | 15hrs 7mins 15hrs 7mins by bus (1034 kms) (1034 kms)
 I : Rosario - Argentina 944 kms 944 kms straight distance | 14hrs 12mins 14hrs 12mins by car (1231 kms) | 17hrs 2mins 17hrs 2mins by bus (1231 kms) (1231 kms)
 J : Santa Fe - Argentina 971 kms 971 kms straight distance | 15hrs 17mins 15hrs 17mins by car (1275 kms) | 18hrs 20mins 18hrs 20mins by bus (1275 kms) (1275 kms)
 K : Parana - Argentina 985 kms 985 kms straight distance | 16hrs 19mins 16hrs 19mins by car (1324 kms) | 19hrs 34mins 19hrs 34mins by bus (1324 kms) (1324 kms)
 L : Antofagasta - Chile 1109 kms 1109 kms straight distance | 14hrs 47mins 14hrs 47mins by car (1374 kms) | 17hrs 44mins 17hrs 44mins by bus (1374 kms) (1374 kms)
 M : Cafayate - Argentina 949 kms 949 kms straight distance | 18hrs 14mins 18hrs 14mins by car (1423 kms) | 21hrs 52mins 21hrs 52mins by bus (1423 kms) (1423 kms)
 N : Salta to Cafayate - Argentina 1028 kms 1028 kms straight distance | 19hrs 50mins 19hrs 50mins by car (1531 kms) | 23hrs 48mins 23hrs 48mins by bus (1531 kms) (1531 kms)
 O : Salta - Argentina 1097 kms 1097 kms straight distance | 19hrs 45mins 19hrs 45mins by car (1670 kms) | 23hrs 42mins 23hrs 42mins by bus (1670 kms) (1670 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Santiago, Chile:

Guesthouse Lucy en Renca, Santiago, Chile - Large Photo
Guesthouse Lucy en Renca, Santiago, Chile (November 2017 - 1 night) - Located close to Santiago Airport, just 8kms. A budget guesthouse to sleep the night if you are waiting for a flight! $7000 pesos ($11USD) for a bed or room and there is a kitchen to use also. Lucy was very kind and made me some food of her own. She also cooked my food and later got me takeaways, that's great service! The other guests were friendly and helpful. Recommended if you are on a budget.
Hostal Plaza de Armas, Santiago, Chile - Large Photo
Hostal Plaza de Armas, Santiago, Chile (April 2014 - 1 night) - This hostel has a fantastic view of the central plaza and was much cheaper than the hostel I stayed at up the road. Can't say that much about the hostel as I just slept here and left early the next morning. It seemed like a pretty laidback place with great views from the outside area and windows of the city below. You can't get much more central than here.
Andes Hostel, Santiago, Chile - Large Photo
Andes Hostel, Santiago, Chile (April 2014 - 4 nights) - I stayed in one of the more expensive 4 bed dorms, $20USD per night. The breakfast was late most days but was a good one with eggs, cereal, bread, coffee and tea. You can cook your own meals in the kitchen and the dining room is large. Upstairs is a large foyer and bar area. The staff are mostly helpful. Had a pretty good view from the balcony off of my room. For my last night in Santiago I went to another place down the road for nearly half the price.

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