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After San Pedro de Atacama, I got in the plane at Calama Airport to Santiago. At Santiago Airport (Aeroporto Internacional Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez), it’s possible to go to city centre by bus. I stayed in a hostel in Providencia district, a calm and nice district. A Chilean friend told me to stay in Providencia, it is also easy and cheap to go to city centre using the underground.
It’ possible to visit many places by walk and underground. The underground is very useful and it’s not expensive, you just need to buy the card at a station and recharge it when needed. First I visited Palacio de la Moneda, the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. It looks like most political demonstrations happen in front of this palace. On the underground there is a museum, very interesting as well. It is in the centre of the city, so you can walk around the busy and beautiful city centre after that.
For those who like nature, it may nice to visit Cerro San Cristóban, Cerro Santa Lucia, and Parque Forestal, for example. There are a lot of museums and art galleries as well, like Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo de Arte Conteporáneo and Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (GAM). It’s important to check if the museums are open, when I went there Museo de Bellas Artes was closed, so I visited only Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral.
CONCHA Y TORO VINEYARD
I really wanted to visit a vineyard in Santiago, as Chilean wine is famous all around the world and there are many vineyards close to Santiago. So I decided to visit Concha y Toro Vineyard, one of the most visited vineyards of Santiago. I booked the tour at the hostel, which included transport (about 1 hour from Santiago), entrance with guide and wine tasting. The vineyard is huge, with beautiful gardens, various types of grape plantations, wine cellar, etc.
The recommendation is Carmenere, originally from region of Bordeaux, in France. It was considered extinct for many years, but it was discovered again in 1994 in Chile. It seems that the grapes were brought by mistake from Europe to Chile. As they are similar to Merlot, they took a long time to notice the mistake.
After Santiago I continued my trip to Easter Island, a place I really wanted to visit. It was one of the most spectacular places I ever visited. I’m going to write about the island on the next post.
About San Pedro de Atacama: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, CHILE
My TOP 10 of this backpack trip: TOP 10 – PLACES/EXPERIENCES OF MY LATIN AMERICA BACKPACK TRIP
How much I spent in this backpack trip: LATIN AMERICA BACKPACK TRIP! ～SUMMARY～
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