We rented an apartment and decided to stay put over New Years. It was a great decision because Santiago was a lively place to celebrate. It’s a really nice city and it was a relaxing week with plenty of things to see and do.
We were fortunate because the building we were staying in held a New Years Eve party on the roof complete with music, fancy lights, and dancing. The rooftop was also a great spot to take in the fireworks that were all around the city. We had fun visiting with Rosa and her daughter Maria, they told us a lot about Chile.
New Years Day and the walking streets are completely empty, everyone is still sleeping!
From our apartment we could pretty much walk everywhere in the historical center and take the metro to areas that were farther out.
We enjoyed Santa Lucia Hill and it was a nice walk to this area of the city. The views were pretty but it was a little hazy due to the forest fires that were nearby.
From Santa Lucia Hill we visited the neighbourhood of Lastarria. It was very European with the architecture and cobblestone streets.
An interesting place to have a look and even a bite to eat is Mercado Central. Many vendors are here selling seafood and there’s a variety of seafood eateries as well. It’s very popular because the place was packed!
Barrio Bellavista was really nice to see with some cool street art. While here we had lunch at Galindo, an insitution in Santiago.
In the same area as Barrio Bellavista is San Cristobal Hill. The line for the funicular was crazy long so we tried to hike up to the top but the trail was closed…back in line we went. There was a park at the top and the views were nice too.
Not too far from our apartment was Barrio Brasil. This area of the city had amazing street art and some of the old mansions were interesting to see.
We really liked Santiago and had a great time here. We also tried a few different Chilean wines while we were here and we love the wines in Chile!
Where we stayed: Apartment Airbnb 👍