“I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.” – Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda, one of Chile’s literary treasures, spent some of his life in the vibrant city of Santiago, Chile. While I have not been to this city, I chose to write about since I will soon be spending six weeks living and working in the city! So, let’s explore the fantastic city of Santiago!
Santiago was founded in 1541, and since that time it has grown into a thriving metropolis with a deep history surrounded by the quiet and elegance of the Andes and Pacific ocean. So which places are the best to experience all parts of this culture?
In the Parque Metropolitano de Santiago, you not only get to experience the being in the mountains surrounding the city, but the gorgeous view of the city below. The Parque has many many thing to do: El Zoologico Nacional, Parques Urbanos, and el Jardin Botanico. The Parque Metropolitano allows visitors to be with nature without ever leaving the city’s energy or the city limits.
El Mercado Central was opened in 1872, and sells fresh seafood from the Pacific coast, ripe fruits and vegetables from the countryside, and restaurants serving the food with a local flavor! The Locos and Crab Pie are a must, and there is always something to see from the people watching, beautiful architecture of the market, and the vivid colors of the food.
Finally, El Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos honors a darker chapter of Chile’s past. In 1973, Chile underwent a military coup oppressing much of the country. Although Chile has overcome the coup, it is still fresh on the hearts and minds of the country.
While there is more to Santiago than what I have explored, these are the places I am most excited to experience during my time there this summer. Hopefully I will have a chance to see these places and share stories about more local places as well!
Have you been to Santiago? Is there anything you have seen there or want to see? Please comment and share your stories, to help us explore the world!