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!

5 Market Tour of Santiago

A Weekend in Mendoza

Visiting Mendoza’s wine country is a stone’s throw from Chile, with frequent flights and bus services to the wine region. We choose an overnight bus ride to and from Mendoza that allowed us to spend two full days in this charming city. Below is a snapshot of our trip.

A Weekend in Mendoza

Valparaiso Photo Journal

Valparaiso is a colorful port city located an hour and a half from Chile’s capital city of Santiago. It’s known for its expansive street art, intricate murals and gritty character. Here are 28 photos to help you appreciate the beauty of Valpo.

Valparaiso Photo Journal

8 hour layover guide to Bogota, Colombia

An 8 hour layover guide to Bogota, Colombia. You can check out the magnificent Cerro Monserrate, walk through the streets of the colonial neighborhood, La Candelaria, and sample the city’s distinct food and drink scene.

8 hour layover guide to Bogota, Colombia

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.

DIA DEL PATRIMONIO

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.

FREE WALKING TOUR OF SANTIAGO, CHILE

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.

Santiago Markets: 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 3: Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve

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 2: Pucon & Waterfalls

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.

Road Trip Part 1: Southern Chile