Santiago – Puts the “Fun” In Funicular

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It took me 35 hours by bus (including 2 thrilling mechanical breakdowns in the scorching desert) to reach Santiago from the northern border town of Arica, Chile…  and it was so worth it!

Staying right on the edge of Barrio Bellavista was an excellent choice. The neighbourhood is home to the University and is the city’s “bohemian” entertainment district – full of bars and cafes with huge patio spaces, live music every night, and a bustling art scene. I also visited the Mercado Central with its enormous seafood market, the National Park, watched some hilarious meerkats play at the zoo for an hour or so, and took the funicular (pictured here) up Cerro San Cristóbal.

In the mornings I laced up my long-ignored sneakers for early runs along the Mapocho River that winds its way through the city and nestles against a park space lined with paths that seem to go on forever… perfect for biking and jogging!

The Condell pedestrian bridge, used to cross the river to the park, is where couples with a romantic streak and a desire for everlasting love make their mark by committing a padlock inscribed with their names and a message to the railings. Adorable, right? The whole surface of the bridge is covered with locks of every shape and size, and heart-felt graffiti messages of passion and eternal (and highly optimistic) commitment. It’s about a 30 minute walk from here to the vibrant city center and shopping district.

This short film gives you a taste of the beauty of the country of Chile and a peek at the city of Santiago too. There is a lot to see and do - so make sure you connect with an experienced guide before you go so that you don’t miss any of the amazing Santiago attractions and unique travel experiences that can only be found here.

ps:  Did I mention the gorgeous red wines? Salud!

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