Chilenismo

Chilenismo:

We recognized that you liked the other article about “chilenismo” and we think that you are interested in knowing more about how Chilean people speak. Because really it seams that Chilean people sometimes try to setting themselves apart from the rest of South American Spanish.

MI self I didn’t spoke Spanish before I came to chile and I wanted to learn Spanish, so I studied for a while. But only studying you still will have problems to understand some people here… 🙂 so I tried to speak as much as possible with Chileans, but then I had the problem that my teachers told me that if I speak like this in spain, they won’t understand me 🙂 but I like the Chilean Spanish, even if its not very helpful for formal speaking…. So here I will show you some sentences, touch phrases and comparisons that I heard during my time in chile and found all over internet…

First some words you have to know, some of them you already rode the last time, but to fresh up and show you some new ones.

  1. ¿Como estai?

¿Como estai? means ¿Como estás? (how are you?). The singular “you” structure in Chilean Spanish is often conjugated informally with “i.” “en que andai” “Que pensai”,…. “Cachai”

  1. ¿Cachai?

From the verb cachar meaning “to catch,” so  “do you catch?” it means the same like “you know?” or “you got it?”

  1. ¿Qué onda?

informal way to mean, “what’s going on?” or “how’s it going?” With a little more emphasis and a bit of indignation, ¿qué onda? can mean, “what’s wrong with you?” or “what’s your deal?”

  1. Sipo

“Si” means “yes” and the “po” comes from the Word “pues” wich could be translatet like “well” but Chilean people doesn’t use it only for well, they almost put it at the endd of every expression. For example : Yapo, nopo, no cachai po, donde estai po, tai loco po,….

  1. Completo

This delicious Chilean specialty is nothing more than a grilled hotdog smothered in avocado, chopped tomatoes, and mayonnaise. And it tastes especially good after a party when you have some munchies,…

  1. Carretear

Carretear means “to party!” This phrase is not intended for a 5-year-old’s birthday party; instead, it is reserved for all-night drinking benders, bar-hops and barbeques. Carreterefers to the party it self.

  1. Pololo

The normal Word for boyfriend or girlfriend(polola) here in chile when it isn’t still that serious. When it gets more serious you call It novio o novia, but to call your girlfriend like this you almost have to be promised.

  1. Fome and Bakan

Pronounced “foh me,” this Chilenismo translates best to “lame.” (Example: this party is lame.) The exact opposite is bakan, pronounced “bak án,” meaning “awesome” or “cool.”

Second the comparisons, Chilean people us that very often and I can’t translate them with the sense they have but I think you should understand, at least some of them: Enfatizar una situación, haciendo una comparación graciosa:

– Más prendido que tele de conserje      = more on than the televisión of a                                                                       guardian

– Más raro que paco rubio                      = stranger than a blond cop

– Más helado que pasillo de yogurt        = colder that the corridor where are                                                                    the yogurt

– Más asustada que monja con atraso   = more afraid than a nun with delay

– Más seco que piojo de muñeca           = dryer than a louse of a doll

– Más helado que poto de pingüino       = colder than the but of o pinguin

– Más  asustado que pescado en Semana Santa   = More scared than fish                                                                                      at Easter

– Más esperado que fin de mes. = Than expected like the end of the month.

–  Más apretado que peo de visita    = more clasped than the fart of a guest

– Más corto que beso de marido         = Shorter than the kiss of a husband

– Más puntual que novia fea             = More punctual than ugly girlfriend

Third, here are some typical ways to speak of Chilean, which will call your attention:

  • Chilean people makes some vocales larger than they are: hace calooooooooooor, tengo haaaaaaaaaaambre, estoy cansaaaaaaaaaaaaado.
  • Making things smaller than they are: . “Vamos a un asadito”, “tomémonos una cervecita o un vinito”, “espérame un chiquitito
  • The contradiction: we start with a disclaimer, facing a statement. “Cómo estás?”  – “No, igual bien”.Vas a ir al cine? – No, si ya salimos.- “Cómo está tu pega?  – Nada, ahí trabajando
  • If we greet we repeat the questions twice:

Cómo estás?

Bien y tú?

Bien también.

¿Y cómo te ha ido?

Bien y a ti?

  • We use animals to express:

Hagamos una vaca

Te fuiste al chancho

Te echaste el pollo

Estoy pa’l gato.

  • Transformation of words to persons or situations wich sounds similar.

Y boston? (Y Voh’)

Estoy Jennifer (estoy llena)

Cómo andamio? (cómo andamos)

Estoy Liz Taylor (estoy lista)

  • We are little direct and unclear when not want to do something.

“Te confirmo después”, “hablemos en la semana”.

I hope this will help you to understand a little bit better the chilean people!? and i hchilenismoope you could laught about the one or the other, even if you are chilean 🙂 i am sure i will learn more to teach you more stuff like this!!

read you soon

El 2014 en el Aji

El Año 2014 en el Aji

El Año 2014 empezó bien tranquillo. Estuvimos por año nuevo en el hostal conxy unos huéspedes que después salieron a ver el gran show de los fuegos artificiales y de ahí volvieron al hostal y nos quedamos hasta tempranito en la mañana disfrutando del comienzo de una nueva etapa.

Los invitamos a todos a disfrutar el verano con nosotros, viajar, disfrutar, relajarse y pasarlo bien!! Durante todo el año tratamos de motivarles que vengan y con muchos funciono 🙂

Llegaron mucha gente buena onda, loca, amorosa,….fuerza chile

En la primera mitad del año pasaron muchas cosas en Chile que afectaron a mucha gente. Primero el terremoto en el norte y después el incendio en Valparaíso. Tratamos de motivar para ayudar lo que se pudo.

Después de todo eso ya empezó a llegar el otoño y con el igual llego el IMG_7669comienzo del evento más grande este año: la copa mundial!! Teníamos mucha fe, porque ahora todos saben que chile mete miedo!! Todos los momentos IMG_7758emocionantes que compartimos, el partido contra España que hico historia… y todo lo que estuvimos con los brasileños aquí en el hostal, solo en un momento no nos apoyamos… J fue bueno compartir esos momentos aquí en el aji mirando los partidos con ustedes querida gente, lo disfrutamos harto!!

Durante la copa llego el invierno y así también la nieve. Mucha gente que por primera vez fueron a la nieve y sintieron la magia…

28Y de repente llego la magia al hostal también. Llego el mago y amigo del hostal Oscar Duval! Y nos encantó con sus trucos…

Durante ese tiempo igual participamos con Chilesertur en la feria de Turismo de invierno.

Y de ahí llego el momento que todos estuvimos esperando. sust lo tenemoshostal sustentable sin cablesTrabajamos harto por eso y al fin era el momento: nos entregaron el sello de sustentabilidad!!!

Mientras estuvimos trabajando en nuestro nuevo blog! Un Blog con historias, Traveltips, Budget, Santiago,…

En nuestro Blog empezamos a mostrarles que se puede hacer aquí en Santiago, que es lo especial del Aji Hostel, que viajes se pueden hacer de aquí,…. Vamos a seguir con eso, ojala que lo disfruten y les sirve.

Al fin del invierno ya lanzamos nuestra nueva 1 sin fondo mas chicoempresa, Internship and Travel, una agencia para extranjeros que quieren venir a Chile para hacer prácticas, trabajo voluntario, curso español o más… Así que si quieren venir a Chile a trabajar, avisen no más!

Y ya era tiempo para la primavera y con ella llego el 18 de septiembre! Lo pasamos bailando cueca en el living, o tratando de bailar J

De ahí nos inscribimos en compitemas, que es 1654027_10152342569771898_1526799943357669211_nuna plataforma que tiene como objetivo apoyar los avances en Sustentabilidad de las pequeñas y medianas empresas chilenas. Queremos ser más sustentable todavía

En la última etapa de este año ya estuvimos pensando en el año que empieza ahora, para hacer su estadía más agradable todavía.

Pero si nosotros pensamos en el año 2014, más que nada pensamos en 24todos ustedes, en los momentos felices y chistosos que pasamos, en todos los asados, los partidos, en los miércoles Po,… y se los queremos agradecer a todos ustedes que estuvieron con nosotros este año… Ojala que más que uno lo vamos a ver en el 2015!

Gracias a nuestro staff que nos acompañó aji amordurante este año… algunos tomaron otro camino ahora y les deseamos lo mejor y los vamos a extrañar.  A los nuevos que llegaron les deseamos que lo pasen bien el próximo año con todos ustedes, suerte y animo!

De todo el corazón les deseamos a todos ustedes, nuestros queridos huéspedes y amigos, lo mejor para el próximo año, sus próximos viajes y sus aventuras!! gracias por todo!!    El equipo del aji!

English:

The year 2014 started well quiet. We stayed for New Year at the hostel with some guests who later went to see the great show of fireworks and then returned to the hostel and we were up until early in the morning, enjoying the beginning of a new stage.

We invited everyone to enjoy the summer with us, travel, enjoy, relax and have fun!! Throughout the year we try to motivate you to come and it worked with many of you J

We had here many good people wave, crazy, loving ….

In the first half of the year many things happened in Chile that affected many people. First was the earthquake in the north and after the fire in Valparaiso. We tried to help what we could.

After all that was already coming autumn and that was the start of the biggest event this year: World Cup !! We had a lot of faith, because now everyone knows that “chile mete miedo”!! All the exciting moments we shared, the match against Spain that made story … and all we were with the Brazilians here at the hostel, just at the time when we do not rely …:) was nice to share those moments here at aji watching the games with you dear people, enjoyed sick !!

During the world cup came the winter and so the snow. Many people who for the first time went to the snow and felt the magic …

And suddenly the magic got back to the hostel too. It came the magician and friend of the hostel Oscar Duval! We loved his tricks …

During that time equal to Chilesertur participate in Winter tourism fair.

And then came the moment we were all waiting. We work so fed up and finally it was time: they gave us the seal of sustainability !!!

While that, we were working on our new blog! A Blog with stories, Traveltips, Budget, Santiago, …

In our blog we started to show you what you can do here in Santiago, what is so special about Aji Hostel, which trips can be made from here …. We will continue with that, I hope you enjoy it and it serves you.

At the end of winter we started with our new company, Internship and Travel, an agency for foreigners who want to come to Chile to practice, volunteer work, Spanish course or more… So if you want to come to Chile to work, write us!

And it was time for spring and with it came the September 18th! Had cueca dancing in the living room, or trying to dance… J

Then we signed  in for “compitemas”, which is a platform that aims to support progress on Sustainability of small and medium Chilean companies. We want to be more sustainable yet

In the last stage of this year, we were already thinking about the year ahead, to make your stay even more enjoyable.

But if we think in 2014, mostly we think about all of you, in happy and humorous moments spent in all roasts, parties, on “Miercoles Po” … and we want to thank all of you who stayed with us this year … Hopefully some of you we are going to see in 2015!

Thanks to our staff who accompanied us this year … some took another path now, wish them well and will miss them. Some new people arrived and we wish them have a good time next year with all of you, luck and encouragement!

From all our heart we wish all of you, our dear guests and friends, the best for the next year, their upcoming trips and adventures!!

Thanks for everything!! The team aji!

back to nature, spring is comming!!! “La cascada escondida”

Tiempo de visitar la naturaleza

Ahora que al fin parece que llego la primavera y va a venir IMG_9193el verano es tiempo para salir al aire fresco de nuevo. Para todos los que les gusta moverse un poco en la naturaleza tenemos aquí un tip que queda en Santiago y es un paraíso!!

En el parque natural aguas de ramón hay mucho espacio para caminar y hacer trekking. Vas a poder encontrar senderos de diferentes dificultades, puedes encontrar recorridos de acuerdo a las condiciones físicas de cada persona.

Aparte de que IMG_9179hay diferentes senderos igual hay más parques con más senderos todavía ahí cerca. Pero esta vez les recomendamos este porque ahí hay tres rutas que son especialmente lindos.

De nuestro Hostal en Providencia por ejemplo tomas el Metro en la estación Salvador tomas la línea roja hasta tobalaba. En tobalaba te cambias a la línea azul hasta Francisco Bilbao. Desde Francisco Bilbao, tomas la micro D08 (Paradero por Av. Bilbao, tránsito dirección oriente). Bajate en Av.Padre Hurtado con Carlos Silva Vildósola, Plaza La Reina. En Plaza La Reina, tomar un taxi colectivo o caminar 25 min por Onofre Jarpa hacia la cordillera. Ahí llegas al parque.

Si llegas al parque hay un inicio dónde vas a empezar tu IMG_9196camino hacia arriba. Te vas a encontrar con miradores, puentes colgantes, saltos de agua y lugares de interacción con la naturaleza ideales para complementar y reforzar la formación cognitiva y espiritual.

Hay tres paradas en este camino que son como los tres destinos. Tu elijes el destino IMG_9230que te parece físicamente posible para ti o ese que más te gusta! Además que quieres subir, además temprano tienes que estar allá! En todo el camino hay ríos, cascadas y muchas vistas hermosas, así que igual si no quieres subirte hasta el último destino vas a ver mucho y seguro que vas a disfrutar!

Si quieres más información visita la página oficial: http://www.asociacionparquecordillera.cl/parque/parque-aguas-de-ramon/#!prettyPhoto[set_8]/0/

Y mira este video de “que hacer en Santiago”


English

time to visit nature

Now that it finally seems to get spring and summer is IMG_9193coming it is time to go back to fresh air. For all who like to move in nature we have here a traveltip in Santiago which seems like heaven!!

In the “parque natural aguas de ramón” there is much room for walking and trekking. You’ll be able to find trails of varying difficulty; you can find routes according to the physical conditions of each individual.

Besides the different paths there are more parks like more trails near there yet. But this time we recommend this because there are three routes that are especially nice.

IMG_9179From our hostel in Providence for example take the Metro station in Salvador take the red line to tobalaba. In tobalaba you transfer to the Blue Line to Francisco Bilbao. From Francisco Bilbao, you take the micro D08 (Whereabouts by Av. Bilbao, traffic direction east). Get off at Av.Padre Vildósola Silva Carlos Hurtado, Plaza La Reina. In Plaza La Reina, take a taxi or walk 25 min by Onofre Jarpa towards the mountains. There you get to the park.

When you get to the park there is a place where you start your way up. You’ll find gazebos, bridges, waterfalls IMG_9196and places of interaction with nature, ideal to complement and reinforce cognitive and spiritual formation.

There are three stops on this way, they are like the threeIMG_9230 destinations. You choose the destination that seems physically possible for you or that you like! As higher as you want to go up, the earlier you have to be there. All the way there are rivers, waterfalls and many beautiful views, so even if you want get on to the last destination you also can see a lot and you’re sure to enjoy!

If you want more information visit the official website: http://www.asociacionparquecordillera.cl/parque/parque-waters-of-ramon/#!prettyPhoto[set_8]/0/

And look at this video of “que hacer en Santiago”

Tired to share your room with snoring people for once???

search an alternative way where to stay in a city for a couple a days

When hostels can get stressfu

All of you which traveled around know that it can be very tiring to always move, 20051017_Pintores de la Plaza de Armastravel, celebrate, pack, unpack, move again, get into temptation to celebrate again….and don’t sleep a lot. Or when you have to go to another city for work, further education, courses or some business stuff maybe you want stay in a hotel and like you need your rest to be well the other day a hostel also isn’t the right place…

While traveling or staying outside you almost everyday share your room with new people, you can’t move without carrying about the others, can’t IMG_6278shower  when you want to because maybe already somebody is taking a shower, somebody puts the light on while you’re sleeping, somebody is great in snoring and so on. When you want to cook maybe everyone wants to eat or there are already a lot of people cooking… or, when you are traveling in couple and want to have your privacy once in a while…

All this things are fine for a while and is an adventure, but maybe someday you only want to come to a quiet place, where you can do whatever you want, cook like you want to, rest in the living without caring about others, watch in the television what you want, go to bed without somebody making noises around you, got up when you wake up and not because somebody is getting up…

A good solutionIMG_6702

We already had people in our hostel they were happy when there once weren’t that much people and no party so that they could sleep and didn’t Also some people who stayed in our hostel for a longer time they searched an empty hostel for one or two days to take a rest.

Another and a very good opportunity is to rend a furnished apartment. Nowadays there exist in all the big cities furnished apartments which you IMG_6299can rent for one or more days. Santiago became full of this sort of apartments in the last years and they are very popular!

They are comfortable, quiet, and nice. They include services like cleaning, information desk and a lot of them have swimming pool in the building. And the big difference: they give you your privacy.

Some references

There are a lot of different options of furnished apartments, you can find a lot in the heart of Santiago. Many offers of apartments are in the historic downtown of Santiago and also in the Providencia area. There are completely equipped apartments in the best locations DSCF1297close to La Moneda (Chilean House of Government), the most important tourist attractions in the city, and steps away from the citys subway stations.

Normally these apartments are for 2 people, they have a small living with kitchen and a bedroom with the entry to the bathroom. There are a lot of options though, one of them we have in our company, which would be www.departamentoscentrourbano.cl where you can make your reservation directly with paying only 2% of your reservation at the moment you book it. Or you can search in the web of booking.com and hostelworld.com for other companies and apartments to name only two alternatives available online.

If you would like a more personalized service, please contact us at:

Departamentos Centro Urbano
Email: info@departamentoscentrourbano.cl
Phone: 56 2 22364401

Internship and Travel

In general

In the last few years Internships in general became more popular and the demand went bigger.

There are a lot of offers for Internships in every area and every country.IMG_7759 Spanish is getting more and more important to know. And why Chile is one of the most developed, save and popular countries in South America, many people come here to study or to work or do their internship.

Internships, and also voluntary work, can be a great opportunity to know well another country, other language and over all a new culture, new people and new friends. Internships in general are a lifetime experience and can help you a lot to get further in your personal and your business carrier. In many jobs you apply in your future they may ask for experience abroad and other languages and if you have done an internship, you can reveal with both.

So come to Chile to do an Internship, voluntary work or one of our programs:

www.internshipandtravel.cl

Our Idea

Based on the increasing interest in internships we almost a year ago started with the idea to make it easier for foreigners to find a good internship in Chile.We knew that already do exist some companies for this, but we wanted to do different. We wanted something that really helps students to find tIMG_8422he job they want and where they can benefit the most possible for their studies. So it’s also guarantied for the business that the students who come are motivated to work, because they know already what they are coming for and what they will do during their stay! And the most important thing was that we wanted you to feel save and coming to Chile without fears and stress and dooing what you want and not ending up washing dishes… (like others we saw…)

Important points for us

Our first and most important point is, to be there for you!

You already can see on our page which are the internships we offer and what work you will have to do, so you can choose the most convenient one. All of our programs have been agreed upon with thenosotros companies and/or institutions in Chile before offering you the internship, and they review and approve your application before we confirm with you the internship. All of the internships have been requested by the companies and their availability has been confirmed prior to us offering them to you.

If the company doesn’t meet the expectations of what they offered you, we can provide you with an alternative internship so that your experience here will always be a great one. Means that if you at least end up doing other stuff that the work which was described on the page you can talk with us and we come to talk with the one in charge and if they don’t change your tasks you have the right to change practice.

We go with you to your work the first day and we will visit you once in a while. We have an emergency phone where you can call us 24 hours the 7 days of the week and the 365 days a year.

For us the social part also is very important. So we offer voluntary work for a very low price, only 10chicitito0 USD. And with all the 100 Dollars of voluntary workers we pay some administration and the rest of the money we donate at the end of the year to one of the organizations we are working with.

One of the things we offer to give you the best support is our psantiagorogram “your month” which is considered to help you getting in to our culture, country, people, language and more. In this month you will learn about Chile, rights, people, speaking and to handle moving in Santiago.

We as a company

We’re committed to offering work internships, volunteer options, and touristic services that provide the best available opportunity to young people from all over the world tpagina_cultura_690o get to know our culture, history, Santiago city, and our region’s attractions in the closest and most real way. We want everyone to remember having lived an excellence experience after participating in one of our programs and to take away a better understanding of our culture, its people, the customs of this part of the world, our history, and of course our language. .

We will preferentially offer internship, or volunteer programs that are with small-sized businesses or organizations that need resources for their survival and/or development. The small-sized social organizations, as well as small tourism companies, are our priority because pagina_gente3_690they require more help to function and because they represent an excellent opportunity for the young people to immerse themselves in our country and live an unforgettable experience.

To read more about go to our page

www.internshipandtravel.cl

and we hope you will be one of the people we will see soon in Chile!! Don’t due to write me if you have any questions

rebekka.kohler@internshipandtravel.cl

algunos fotos de http://www.thisischile.cl

A Trip to Altos de Cantillana

How it started

Last Thursday somebody I met at the last winter tourism fair in Santiago, invited me to come to the natural reserve she works in. I was surprised, because I’ve never heard about this place and it seemed to be very beautiful! So obviously I accept the invitation.

So last Thursday I got up in the morning and went in Santiago to the central station “SIMG_9152an borja”, there, she told me, I have to take a bus which goes to aculeo-rangue, so I did.

The bus always leaves every half an hour and it takes around an IMG_9150hour and a half to get right in front of the natural reserve called “altos de Cantillana”. I was very happy, because on the way out of Santiago sun was coming out and the bus was very comfortably and I was almost alone in the busIMG_9157. Sometimes we stop and some other people came in, but at the end I was alone again…

Already on my way to the reserve i saw some beatiful views evrywhere…

The natural reserve

When I arrived, Fernanda welcomed me with a hot coffee in their base lodge which is IMG_9171made out of a kind of clay. There were a lot of pictures on the wall which tell you about the history, the families and the residents, obviously only animals…

Fernanda showed me a book they made, which should explain which plants, trees, animals, mushrooms,… you can find in the natural reserve. She explained me a little bit of that and of their IMG_9175history and then we started leaving to see the reserve. We went up a little peace until the parking, there we started walking.

We walked through a wet forest which was very green IMG_9177and the air was fresh. If you rest for a while you can hear a lot of different birds. The most important thing is that in this forest you can see some plant and trees which you normally only can find in the forests in the south of Chile. When you come out of the forest you see a meadow and you can see a lot of hills, which are all part of this, it’s seem that if I would be there alone I could get lost… but all the views are incredible.

We walk a little bit up to a hill, like one hour and we reached a place wherIMG_9213e you could see a lagoon. The sun already run out a little bit of the picture, but it couldn’t destroy the spectacular view we had! We walked down again and on the way Fernanda told me, that they are only like 4 people who work there and two of them halftime, which is incredible when you see how big the place is. So she told me, that everybody who wants to help them a weekend or something is very welcomed. But anyway, if you visit them you already help them. The entry to the park is 4000 chilean pesos, like 7 Dollars, and if you want to stay over night 6000 chilean pesos, like 10 Dollars. There are two places where you can sleep with a tent and it’s anyway worth it because you have more time to discover.

The last thing

When we came back to the house, we don’t stay for a long time, we left after 5 minutes again, because Fernanda wantedIMG_9243 to show me the house of the forest guardian. We drove around the reserve and went up to one of the highest points, and only then I realized how big it is. The house of the guardian is also a place they still are working on, the walls still aren’t isolated, but it’s still very friendly and welcoming.

We came down to the villages again and there Fernanda showed me a small church which they rebuilt after the earthquake. All these people does so much to keep their home like it should bIMG_9200e and take care of it, that’s impressive and so I had a lot to think about on my way home to Santiago, where I arrived tired but very happy.

And I truly recommend to everybody who comes to Santiago and wants to go to the nature for a while not only to think in “cajon del maipo” which is the most famous place near Santiago, but also think about Altos de Cantillana!

TOP 10 Things you should visit in Santiago de Chile

  1. SAN CRISTOBAL HILL

    cerro san cristobal

To catch the best sweeping views over Santiago and the Andes you should go to Cerro San Cristobal. Reach the top with runners and bikers to admire the Virgin de la inmaculada Concepción, to drink a Motte Con huesillo and to taste an Empanada.

  1. SANTA LUCIA HILL & LA FERIA SANTA LUCIA

    santa lucia

Known as “the green lung of Santiago” Santa Lucia Hill offers one of the best view inside Santiago. Go for a stroll inside this park and reach the top in order to take some nice panoramas of Santiago. Then you can buy some traditional gifts at la Feria Santa Lucia. You might find funny souvenirs like a Indio(a) Picaro(a) or jewelry made of the famous blue metamorphic rock called Lapis-Lazuli.

  1. PLAZA DE ARMAS

    plaza de armas

The main square of Santiago is a vibrant place where lots of artists perform and street shows take place. It’s a perfect place for walking in the street a Sunday afternoon or to observe people. Unfortunately the square by itself is closed for renovation, then don’t be disappointed to not be able to visit the place.

  1. BARRIO LASTARRIA

lastarrias

Located in the center of the city, it regroups in a same place culture, bohemian style, white buildings, restaurants, terraces, designer shops… This neighborhood really worth it and deserves a walk.

  1. El MERCADO CENTRAL Y LA VEGA

la vega mercado central

Santiago is a city which doesn’t really break your habits; you will not be stunned in front of its contemporary buildings and its modern facilities. However, you just need to cross the Mapocho River to perceive what the Chilean culture is. The Central Market and The Vega are two indoor markets: one of seafood and the other one of fruits and vegetables. It’s the perfect place to lunch, to amaze your taste buds with the Chile’s treasure and to slip between the locals.

  1. BARRIO BELLAVISTA
     

    bellavista

Barrio Bellavista is one of the most typical and picturesque neighborhood of Santiago, with a bohemian style and a particular architecture. It’s a perfect mix between gastronomy, art, and entertainment making Bellavista a really special neighborhood. One of the finest examples of cultural heritage is the Pablo Neruda’s house called La Chascona. After the sun went down this neighborhood turns in a place to party hard and to chill out till the sunrise.

  1. THE GENERAL CEMETERY

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The General Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in Latin America. Its 85 hectares became a magnificent grounds filled with ornate mausoleums. Notable interments like presidents, senators, musicians and scientists found their final resting there. The cemetery is surrounded by palm and leaf trees together with numerous sculptures (around 237). More than its vocation it serves as a true urban park decorated with thousands of flowers.

  1. EL PARQUE QUINTO NORMAL

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Located close to the Matucana neighborhood, this park has been elected one of the 30 most splendid parks of the world. Bring your picnic (or some empanadas) and have a nap on this park can be a good idea to spend a nice afternoon. But more than a simple park, it regroups 5 museums which are all free the Sundays (/!\ but they are all closed on Monday). Outside of the park is located the Museum of the memory and the human rights. A place which tells the Pinochet’s dictatorship in order to never forget what happened not so long ago.

  1. CAJON DEL MAIPO

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Cajon del Maipo is a canyon in the Andean Southeastern portion of Santiago. You will enjoy riding, hiking, taking a bath in the hot springs and taking part to all the others activities. AndoAndes ANDOANDES is a Green Company tour; they take pride Recycling, Reuseing, Composting all of our tours. Their company is dedicated to showing the best places, magnificent and natural beauty in the Andes Mountains that can be found within just a few hours of Santiago like Glaciers, waterfalls, ancient forests, lagoons, volcanoes in Maipo Valley and national parks.

     10. EL PERSA BIO BIO

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El Persa Bio Bio is a giant second hand market located in the Franklin neighborhood. You can spend hours bargain-hunting for a really old writing machine or for a Chilean style backpack. They get everything you need and much more!