Published on February 3rd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN SANTIAGO
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Read time: a bit over 1 minuteSantiago, Chile | Photo courtesy of Paula Soyer-Moya, Flickr
Used to living in the shadows of bold, brash neighbour Buenos Aires, Santiago is slowly sneaking up on the world. Emerging from a period marked by political turmoil and devastating earthquakes, Santiago is starting to shine, and boy itâ€™s a Chilean beauty of a city.Â
9am Start your day with a coffee and some people watching at the Plaza de Armas. Nowhere else does a classic town square like South America! Stop in to the incredible Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago. It doesnâ€™t matter if you identified yourself as agnostic, atheist or Jedi on the last Census, you donâ€™t have to be a believer to appreciate a fine building when you see one.
12pm Grab a seafood lunch at the Central Market (Mercado Central). Like most city markets, itâ€™s crowded and full of people trying to sell you stuff you probably donâ€™t need or want, but the food is fresh and comes cheap and fast.
4pm Go deep into the ultra-imaginative world of a Noble prize-winning poet with a visit to Pablo Nerudaâ€™s former home, La Chascona. A zany emporium filled with offbeat art, creative collectibles and dreamy dÃ©cor, itâ€™s a trippy way to spend an afternoon.
9pm Wander the streets of bohemian Barrio Bellavista, which is easily Santiagoâ€™s hippest â€˜hood. Stop at the White Rabbit for dinner, where mainstays like cheeseburgers, steaks and fish and chips get the local treatment.
11pm Later, head to The Clinic for a Pisco Sour with a side of leftist politics. Featuring a satirical newspaper-style menu and portraits of Chileâ€™s first socialist president, Salvador Allende, this bar is typically packed with local thinkers, students and creative types.