"Between the mountains and the sea" Top 5 Page for this destination Santiago by TheWanderingCamel
Santiago Travel Guide: 957 reviews and 2,219 photos
Coming to the city overland from Argentina is no less dramatic. The pass across the Andes takes you to 10,000 feet and through a long tunnel. Then it's a seemingly-endless switchback of terrifying hairpin bends, down , down, down from the barren, rocky heights, through the increasingly green and lush Arconcagua Valley, its rushing river tumbling through a steep gorge and between steep banks where water-side willows give way to cactii further up the steep hillside.
Once you are in the city, the mountains are behind you - forming a dramatic backdrop to the urban sprawl - a mixture of old and new, grand and rundown, affluent and poor. To get to the sea you actually have to cross another range of mountains -the coastal cordillera. But that is for later - right now you have Santiago to explore.
Santiago is often dismissed as a rather boring, mostly modern, city with little of the glamour or colour of other South... more travel advice
Whilst the Cathedral takes up the east side of the Plaza de Armas, and small shops and restaurants most of the south and... more travel advice
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