5 Market Tour of Santiago
Santiago is considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in South America. But when you visit the numerous markets sprinkled throughout, you can still experience its Latin American charm. For that reason, I’ve put together a DIY Walking Tour Guide to 5 of my favorite markets in Santiago. And if you need some company, you can always join me on my Airbnb tours!
DIA DEL PATRIMONIO
Chile celebrated “Dia del Patrimonio” in 2018, when all the public institutions (museums, government buildings, etc) open their doors to the public for free. There are free walking tours in each barrio, and insider access to buildings that wouldn’t normally be open. Read more to find out which places we chose to visit.
FREE WALKING TOUR OF SANTIAGO, CHILE
One of the perks of living in Santiago is that it has a number of “Free Walking Tour” companies, which is an inexpensive way to learn about the city.
We tried out Free Walking Tours earlier this month, so I wanted to share some highlights of our experience. If you find yourself in Santiago, and have half a day to walk around, you should try this out.
Santiago Markets: La Vega
When you’ve been living in Santiago for a while (or, in my case, a few weeks), it almost feels like a little bubble. The roads are clean, the subway system (metro) is great, and the traffic follows the rules of the road. So, it’s easy to forget you’re in Latin America. Until you make your way to La Vega.
Road Trip Part 3: Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve
From the moment I saw the Pinterest post on Montana Magica Lodge in Huilo Huilo, I was enamored with the hotel, and never in a million years did I think I'd get a chance to visit this "Hobbit House." We booked a couple of nights at this magical resort nestled in a biological reserve, hoping it would live up to the hype.
Road Trip Part 2: Pucon & Waterfalls
When the light started to roll in the next morning, we realized we were floating in the clouds. The house was high up on a hill, so we had clear views of the mountains, and the fog helped give Pucon a magical feel. Our hike to Salto del Claro was about 90 minutes, and was complete with beautiful vistas of adjacent farmland as well as various types of farm animals grazing on the rolling fields.
Road Trip Part 1: Southern Chile
Whenever you research travel in Chile, you'll see the country is divided into three main sections: the North (Atacama), the center (Santiago) and the south (Patagonia). When we first arrived to Santiago, we had a couple of weeks before our jobs began, so we decided to take advantage of our time off and explore the south. While we couldn't make it as far as Patagonia, we found some of the most beautiful vistas and scrumptious food we've ever seen and tasted.