This is a cosmopolitan city on the banks of the Mapocho river. It is
a vibrant city in its urban geography, surrounded by picturesquely
traditional villages and full of modern buildings of futuristic
, the capital of Chile
one of the most important financial hubs of South America.
Streets redolent of the past. Avenues that lead you towards the
thrills, seduces and enlightens
you. It is a forgetful giant, hardly remembering that not so long
ago it was just a "bunch of buildings" strung out at the foot of
the Santa Lucia Hill.
It was centuries ago, on February 12th 1541, when Pedro de Valdivia
de la Nueva Extremadura, not realizing
that 6 months later the small village would be attacked by the brave
Mapuches , and that centuries later it would become the political,
cultural, administrative and economic center of one of the most
dynamic and progressive countries in South America.
Throughout its history, this capital has collected a series of architectural treasures
that compel you to walk through it slowly in order to discover splendid buildings like the Red House, a colonial style construction of 1769, which has been turned into a Museum and the "Palacio de la Moneda" (Palace of the Mint) (1805) - in the neo-classical style and the seat of the Chilean government. What is more, you have its splendid Cathedral, built in 1785.
There are also other important spots, such as the extensive parks and the majestic Art Museum, opened in 1910, a conservative touch that provides a contrast with the adventurous design of the modern buildings and the bohemian atmosphere of the suburbs, where the surroundings invite one to take a break and have a coffee.
The capital of Chile (543 m. above sea level) is not only attractive because of its architectural contrast between the past and the present, or its busy cultural agenda, but also because of its luxurious hotels and tempting restaurants, where you can enjoy a delicious empanada (pasty) or succulent fish and seafood, while savoring magnificent wines.