Last week I asked, “What South American country’s capital is Santiago?” If you guessed Chile then you are right right right! Chile and Santiago are both fascinating places full of culture, history and drinks! Lets learn a little more about this country/capital combination.
Santiago is the capital and largest city in Chile. It was founded in 1541 and has remained the capital since colonial times. Because of Santiago’s unique location nestled between the Andes Mountains and Pacific Ocean it is possible to go skiing and hit the beach for a swim all in the same day. With 5.5 million people residing in this growing metropolis the public transportation system needed to be top notch. And lucky for citizens and travelers alike it is. If you are planning a trip to the Chilean capital consider taking the subway system. It is easy to meneourver as well as clean and safe. While visiting this South American city make sure to check out the Gran Torre Santiago, which is the tallest building in South American. You can also visit the 35 story telecommunications building that is shaped like a cell phone (this I feel is a must see).
Chile is the longest country measured North to South at 2,647 miles. It is home to over 100 wineries making it the 5th largest exporter of wine in the world. But wine isn’t this country’s national beverage, Pisco is. If you remember my blog from a few weeks ago on Pisco sours you will know the great debate between Chilean Pisco and Peruvian Pisco. Make sure to pick up a bottle while you’re there, it is harder to get outside the country than Chilean wine is.
With so many amazing places to visit, Chile is a true travel treasure. Interested in checking out this South American vacation destination? Give us a call 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com
This week’s travel trivia: “Which French city hosts a world famous international film festival each year?”