My time in Chile

Santiago Travel Blog

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My first impression of Chile was the cleanliness of Santiago.  The trip to Valparaiso reminded me of riding through Napa Valley.  After arriving in Valparaiso, I was impressed by the La Sebastiana, former home to Pablo Neruda.  His close relationship with former President Salvador Allende was interesting.  I enjoyed walking through his elegant home with antiques.  Valparaiso had its economic boom and bust through the years but it is now being preserved as a historic site.  The walking tour gave me full appreciation of its historical importance. 

Vina del Mar was a scene from French Riviera.  The ride through the town, restaurants, gave the city a special beauty of its own.  The statue from Easter Island is an important symbol of Chilean history.

The tour of Santiago gave me the impression of a modern city with many exclusive neighborhoods.  I was surprised by the social stratification in the city proper, but did not personally see the poor neighborhoods.  The visit to "The Hill" is a must for anyone travelling to Santiago along with the cable car ride.  Even though the haze was thick, the view of the city and the Andes Mountains was remarkable. 

I enjoyed the lectures at the university and the opportunity to get the Chilean perspective first hand from the speakers.  I now better understand how the Chilean Model has succeeded in many ways but disappointed in the lack of expenditures in education in the poor areas.  I would love the opportunity to come back to Chile with my family, I think they would thoroughly enjoy the country.

 

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