Touring around Santiago!

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Mural in Santiago - Easter island

Today is Monday and I finally had the chance to tour over Santiago. My friend's mother in law offered to show me around, I thought it was great. I only had three hours to tour downtown Santiago, so it's better to go with someone who knows the place. We first went to Cerro Santa Lucí­a, a hill in the middle of city with a castle from where the spaniards defended from the attacks of the natives. We went up and down the hill, and took a lot of pictures, since the view of Santiago from there was just great. When we went down the hill we went to the National Archives where we could see a picture exhibition of a native indians catholic festival from the north of Chile.

Then we went to the National Palace with a very modern and sophisticated architecture.

National Palace "La Moneda"
We couldn't go inside, but we could watch the "change of guard", a small military parade for the change of the milice in charge of the palace security. Underneath the palace there is the "Museum of the Coin", which has nothing to do with coins, but with the palace name itself "Palace of the coin". We could see a great exhibition of Rapa Nui and other pacific islands. Unfortunately pictures were not allowed, but I managed to take a few when the guards were distracted :D

From there we went to the National Cathedral, which was really impressive. While walking down the main square in Santiago I was surprised that they have the statue of the Spanish Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia there. I think it's very impressive that Chileans don't disregard any part of their history and are proud of their Spanish heritage! Something that is not true in Mexico or Peru, unfortunately.

Me at Cerro Santa Lucía
 Then we went to the Post Office, where we could see an exhibition of post office antiques. The last stop of our walking tour was the "Casa Colorada", an old mansion for chilean presidents, but we couldn't go inside since it was Monday and it was closed. My feet where swelling after so much walking, but it was al worth it! I find Santiago as a very modern, cosmopolite city, probably the closest to the so called "first world" in all Latin America! Besides the people is so friendly, not like in usual big-sized cities. It's a shame I could only spend here 3 days, but I must definitively come back! When I go to Rapa Nui!

montecarlostar says:
Thank you man! Yes, indeed it's always best to have someone to show you around! Now I am in Mendoza and so far it seems I won't have the same luck. Anyway, I'll let you guys know in my next entries :D
Posted on: Aug 11, 2009
vances says:
Really is best to have a local show you around...glad you got to enjoy an "insider" tour!
Posted on: Aug 11, 2009
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Mural in Santiago - Easter island
Mural in Santiago - Easter island
National Palace La Moneda
National Palace "La Moneda"
Me at Cerro Santa Lucía
Me at Cerro Santa Lucía
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Mural in Santiago - Valparaiso
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A park in Santiago
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Cerro Santa Lucía
Cerro Santa Lucía
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Cerro Santa Lucía
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Me at the Bicentenary Square
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Change of guard in the national pa…
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Rapa Nui exhibition
Rapa Nui exhibition
Rapa Nui exhibition
Rapa Nui exhibition
Rapa Nui exhibition
Rapa Nui exhibition
Rapa Nui exhibition
Rapa Nui exhibition
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Rapa Nui exhibition
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Rapa Nui exhibition
Rapa Nui exhibition
Rapa Nui exhibition
Rapa Nui exhibition
Rapa Nui exhibition
A street of Santiago
A street of Santiago
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Me with a Rapa Nui-like statue
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Rapa Nui-like statue
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Inside of the cathedral
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Casa Colorada
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Sweet bread vendings :)
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The catholic university of Chile
The catholic university of Chile
The catholic university of Chile
The catholic university of Chile
The catholic university of Chile
The catholic university of Chile
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