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and Growth of Santiago de Chile by Hortense Soulier
Santiago de Chile Hotels
Santiago de Chile, capital
of Chile, is arguably one of the most attractive capitals in Latin and
Central America. Far from the chaos found in most major cities on the continent,
such as Lima or Mexico, Santiago is a beautifully city, modern, extremely
well maintained with great infrastructures, and countless attractions to
keep visitors entertained for days.
|The city also boasts a fascinating
history, and has grown through the ages to become what it is now, the center
of all culture, economics, and politics in Chile. Santiago was founded
in February 1541 by Pedro de Valdivia, on the site of a former indigenous
settlement between the southern bank of the Rio Mapocho and the Cerro Santa
Lucia. This strategic location also makes for a magical backdrop, with
the city dominated by the nearby Andean range.
At first, Santiago was far
from a major hub, and was only one of the many Spanish administrative and
cultural outposts in the colonial period. Some other important centers
in the era include Concepcion in the South and La Serena in the north of
the country. Nevertheless, the city continually grew and evolved to become
one the main centers, with 12 churches built by the mid-17th century -
only one of which survived the devastating earthquake that destroyed most
of Santiago in 1618). Another massive earthquake was responsible for extensive
destruction in 1730.
The city started taking on
its role as a leading center for culture and politics after Chile declared
its independence form the Spanish Crown. In the 1870's, under the Indente,
or regional governor, Benjamin Vicuna MacKenna, the city was entirely redesigned.
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|An urban plan was drafted,
transforming Cerro Santa Lucia into a public park and building tramway
lines for public transportation.
The Chilean elite also started
settling in the city, with the wealthy from mining and shipping building
mansions in the western part of Santiago. Most colonial buildings were
gradually replaced throughout the 20th century as the city modernized itself
and grew ever more rapidly by the end of the century.
Like most Latin American
capitals, Santiago underwent massive expansion, but the city has somehow
managed to control this enormous growth and make Santiago one of the most
modern metropolitan areas on the continent.
Extensive suburbs, dozens
of shopping malls, and impressive sky scrapers fill the city. The transportation
infrastructure is also extremely modern, with a well organized bus system
as well as an underground Metro.
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Snow capped mountains and
stretches of vineyards encircle the vibrantly modern metropolis of Santiago,
Chile. The sky is pierced by soaring skyscrapers in the financial district
while off in the distance the peaks of the Andes ascend toward the same
|Airfare to Santiago is extremely
convenient if you wish to continue your travels to other destinations within
South America. The long north-south coastal strip of land that is Chile
is essentially divided in half by the central capital of Santiago, providing
an ideal home base for easy access to all parts of the country from the
Atacama Desert to Cape Horn. A short drive to the west lands you at the
beaches of the South Pacific Ocean while an even shorter jaunt to the east
reveals Andes ski resorts and neighboring Argentina. Chile is also bordered
by Peru and Bolivia to the north.
Sun, Snow and Sophistication
From Independence from Spain
in the early 1800s to the end of Pinochet rule in 1990, Santiago struggled
with mass influxes of immigrants and a deterioration of infrastructure.
However, recent history has proven the strength and innovation of the people
and today Santiago is the financial capital of South America and a bastion
of cultural preservation and seemingly infinite urban renewal.
Begin your Santiago travel
in the central Plaza de Armas where the National Cathedral stands among
other government buildings. From there you can catch the underground metro
to any barrio of the city. Among the museums of Santiago, be sure to visit
the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolumbino for 4500 years of South American
history prior to European arrival. Along your way, stop in at Pablo Neruda's
home (La Chascona) where the famous author spent a good portion of his
|To fill your evenings, Santiago
is brimming over with a hip music scene and sleeplessly boisterous nightlife.
Jazz is a prominent sound throughout Santiago's streets and the Club de
Jazz in Ñuñoa is one of the best. For a bit more sophistication,
visit the Teatro Municipal to bless your ears with Chile's Philharmonic
Orchestra or the Universidad de Chile for the Chilean Symphony. Then, find
your way to Barrio Bellavista where lounges, restaurants and nightclubs
are generously dispersed among youthful hostels and boutique hotels.
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For the fresh air enthusiasts,
there is much to do in Santiago. Aside from an expansive municipal park
full of bicyclists and joggers, most ski and snowboarders begin their winter
wonderland adventures in Santiago for the easy access to many mountain
resorts. The wine enthusiast finds fantastic tastes in the surrounding
vineyards of Concha y Toro, Santa Rita and Santa Carolina. And once you
book your airfare to Santiago, you, too, will find your ideal surroundings
among the streets of Santiago.
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HOTELS IN SANTIAGO DE CHILE, CHILE
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Apart-Hotel is comprised of 50 luxury condominium units located in the
newest building in the heart of Santiago, in the Bellas Artes neighborhood,
where the best shopping, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, and museums are
located. The building is just steps to two subway stations, Bellas Artes
(line 5) and Universidad Catolica (Line 1). It is also conveniently located
within walking distance to the popular night-life neighborhood of Bellavista
and Lastarria, filled with classic, old world restaurants and lounges.
Ameristar Apart-Hotel is comprised of 50, one and two bedroom luxury condominiums
each tastefully decorated with stunning panoramic views of the city and
the Andes Mountains.
Hotel Los Espanoles, Santiago
location, comfort and convenient prices, Apart Hotel Los Españoles
is an excellent choice for your hotel needs, while in Santiago de Chile.
In this residential neighborhood of Providencia district, our guests are
close to all business, commercial, touristic and cultural centers of our
Capital City. This part of town is famous for its shopping, art galleries,
parks, malls, restaurants, and night life, with many excellent transportation
alternatives (Metro, buses, and taxis). Apart Hotel Los Españoles
is proud of its familiar and relaxed hospitality. Our rooms are fully equipped
to satisfy the many needs of today’s traveller.
El Bosque, Santiago
hotel in Santiago, Chile, offering modern rooms and free parking, Atton
El Bosque features a fitness centre and swimming pool on the 18th floor
with city views. Tobalaba Subway Station is 350 metres away. Spacious and
designed with delicate colors, each room has cable TV, a work desk and
mini bar. The 24-hour fitness centre offers views of Santiago city. Free
Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Situated in El Golf, Atton El Bosque
is less than 5 minutes’ drive from Santiago World Trade Center. It is a
short walk away from nearby restaurants.
Magnolio Bed & Breakfast, Pirque, near Santiago
in the countryside, away from the noise of the city, is El Magnolio Bed
& Breakfast, in Pirque. The colonial style house sits a mile
away from Vina Concha y Toro, and features 5 comfortable bedrooms, with
plenty of charm, wonderful sights and sounds of the Chilian countryside,
surrounded by the Andes mountains. Visit the wineries, play golf, enjoy
a spa, partake of trekking, rafting, horseback excursions and fishing.
In summer you can enjoy the local wine next to the pool or play volley
ball or soccer in the yard. In winter, read next to the fireplace
with a cup of tea or chocolate.
Points Sheraton Santiago
Points by Sheraton Santiago is located in the exclusive financial and commercial
area of Providencia. It's exceptional location is near art galleries, boutiques,
banks, clinics, bars, and restaurants, close to the subway, and 15 minutes
from Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport. Viña del Mar and
its beautiful beaches and the colorful city of Valparaiso are only an hour
away. Plus, you can enjoy the splendor of the mountains and sample some
of the best national wines at the vineyard and ski centers, both are just
90 minutes from the hotel. Buganvilia Restaurant and Bar Buganvilia feature
an exclusive menu for lunch and dinner, as well as a selection of the best
Chilean wines and international drinks.
Hyatt Santiago hotel is a 5 star luxury hotel in the exclusive business
district of Las Condes in Santiago, Chile. The hotel in Santiago offers
easy access to Santiago city centre and Santiago de Chile’s international
and domestic airports. Grand Hyatt Santiago hotel is also home to
world-class, multi-cuisine restaurants, a lagoon-style swimming pool with
a waterfall, a tennis court, and the three-story free-standing AKO Spa.
The most exclusive golf clubs of Santiago de Chile are only a few steps
away from the hotel. Our Las Condes hotel also features a health club where
guests can pamper with a variety of beauty and relaxation treatments.