It has been ages since I last blogged and we’ve left Chile quite a while ago. We only spent a grand total of 11 days in this country. It’s very large though geographically very narrow, check the map it covers most of the South American Pacific coast. After the deep South of Patagonia it was now time to visit some cities.
We’ve only been to two cities: Santiago and Valparaiso, both are truly charming and lively cities though so I still have to tell you about them.
We flew into Santiago international airport from Punta Arenas and easily joined the city centre using the bus shuttle (5400 CPL for a return ticket valid three months ). The bus final stop is at Los Heroes, from there you just catch the metro to your final destination. We stayed in the quarter of Bellavista and do really recommend this area, it’s safe, lively and if you like street art, a bit of student life and popular bars, it’s the place to be! Lots of restaurants but still very local and not too touristy.
We spent the few days walking through the streets, exploring the numerous markets and doing some window shopping. Also it’s very easy to get around by metro, just pay attention there is a green and a red line and some stops only serve one of the 2 even if the other line passes through that station.
We maybe didn’t dig deep enough but there seems to be a bit less to do on a cultural level except churches, the plaza de Armas and the presidential palace (palacio de la moneda) but I believe one could find museums if you’re looking for them 😉
A famous trip to do when in Santiago (and a big highlight for us) is the visit to Valparaiso, the boheminian coastal town. An absolute must do.
A short 2h drive by bus. Simply take the metro to Parajitos and from there catch a bus (one every 20 minutes) the return ticket is 6000 CPL. We decided to spend the night in Valparaiso to have a bit more time (I’d recommend this). If you’re into street art you definitely need some time as you might just have found paradise 😊.
There hundreds of “murales” spread all around the city, some streets are literally covered of paintings It’s overwhelming and of high quality. Valparaiso is a very pleasant city at the seaside and even though you can’t really go to swim it’s always nice to have the views. We spent time wandering around, going up and down the very steep streets, watching skilled skateboarders and enjoying the truly bohemian vibe of this artisty town.
Again be prepared for a lot of ups and downs though but at least you’ll earn your dinner and sleep like a baby 😂. One can still use their iconic funiculars which are fairly cheap at 100 CLP a ride, there are several around town.
For diner we found a cute restaurant with a great value deal (3 course menu) and view over the city – the name is Mito Restaurante, cozy ambiance, nice wine, good service!
Overall a really nice town with a great laid-back flair, great tags, bars, restaurants and little boutiques. You can easily spend 2/3 days here.
I’ll leave you with a few pictures and will soon be back for our adventures in the Atacama dessert!