Published on February 3rd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN SANTIAGO
Santiago, 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 it’s a Chilean beauty of a city.
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 doesn’t matter if you identified yourself as agnostic, atheist or Jedi on the last Census, you don’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, it’s crowded and full of people trying to sell you stuff you probably don’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 Neruda’s former home, La Chascona. A zany emporium filled with offbeat art, creative collectibles and dreamy décor, it’s a trippy way to spend an afternoon.
9pm Wander the streets of bohemian Barrio Bellavista, which is easily Santiago’s hippest ‘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 Chile’s first socialist president, Salvador Allende, this bar is typically packed with local thinkers, students and creative types.