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SANTIAGO - CHILE

SNAPSHOTS OF SANTIAGO


 

Introduction

Santiago was founded in the mid 1500s on the banks of the Rio Mapocho in the Central Valley. The capital of Chile has grown into a six million population and one of the largest cities in South America. The greater Santiago area is now home to about one third of all Chileans. It is an eclectic mix of the old colonial city with the modern high tech age.

 

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Cerro San Cristobal

The best of the city's parks is the Parque Metropolitano which boasts the tourist hotspot of San Cristobal hill. The views from the top of this little mountain are phenomenal. Sometimes however it must be said that this highlights the very real smog problem of the city.

 

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Virgin of the Immaculate Conception

At the top of San Cristobal is a 36 metre high statue of the Virgin looking down on the capital city. This white marble statue was inaugurated in 1908 and when illuminated at night forms quite an impressive spectacle. It is next to the astronomical observatory of the catholic university.

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The Funicular

If you don't fancy the walk up San Cristobal, there is a charming old funicular railway which costs $1.60 to save your legs - well worth it! It was built in 1925 and carries 40 people in each carriage up an incline of 45 degrees, to a maximum height of 260 metres above ground level.

Depending on which entrance you use to the park, there is also a teleferique from the Tupahue sector.

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Interesting drinks of Chile - Pisco sour

Half a litre of Pisco; 250ml lemon juice; 1-2 limes; ice cubes; 150gm icing sugar; dash of egg white.

Put all ingredients except the ice, in liquidiser and mix for 10 seconds, then add the ice and mix for another 10 seconds. For extra kick, add a few drops of Angostura bitters to each glass

 

 

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More interesting drinks of Chile - Mote con Huesillos

Wash dried peaches and soak overnight in lots of water with cinnamon sticks and organge peel. Then simmer for half an hour until soft, and add sugar to taste. Use 1.5 cups per dozen peaches. Refrigerate until well chilled. Boil dry mote in full pan of water, drain and rinse in cold water. Or use cooked mote, or pearled barley. Put 2 or 3 tbspns of mote and two huesillos with their liquid in a tall glass.

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Other interesting facts about Chile

1 Rodeo is as popular as soccer and the main festival lasts for 3 whole days.

2 Copper is one of Chile`s main exports and the railway system used to transport the commodity was built by British engineers.

3 The Atacama desert in the north is the driest in the world.

4 Chile is the 5th largest seaweed exporter in the world.

5 La Cueca Brava is a popular dance with music expressing urban themes and was banned in the General Pinochet era.

 

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