Travel writing, tips, and perspectives from an American living in Temuco, Chile.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Santiago is the capital of Chile, and is also the largest city in Chile, with a population of around 6.2 million people. Santiago was founded in 1541 by Pedro de Valdivia, the Spanish conquistador who founded Chile.
Santiago is now a modern metropolis, and is one of the most important financial centers in Latin America. It is also home to La Moneda presidential palace.
Santiago is a culturally diverse city, with inhabitants from all over the world. It is a good place to visit if you are looking for other English speaking people living in Chile. There are restaurants of all types of foods, and all price ranges.
The easiest method of transportation in Santiago is to use the subway. Due to recent changes in the mass transit system, it can be very crowded at times. But it is much easier to use than the bus system, although the buses may be necessary if the Subway doesn't take you to your destination.
Most people that visit Chile also visit Santiago, partly because it is the location of the international airport, but mostly because of all that it has to offer. Of course, if your reasons for coming to Chile are to get away from the fast pace of modern life and enjoy untouched natural areas, it is best to head south as soon as you arrive.