Santiago, Chile

Santiago, por vezes chamada de Santiago do Chile!  Localizada na região metropolitana de Santiago, no vale central Chileno, ao lado da Cordilheira dos Andes. É o maior e mais importante e desenvolvido centro urbano, financeiro, cultural e administrativo do país.
Venha conhecer um pouco da capital cosmopolita deste país que possui a perfeita mistura de atrações históricas e modernas!
Abraço a todos!
Professor Anderson 

Santiago de Chile Vacation Travel Guide – Expedia

Nestled between the world’s largest ocean, driest desert, longest mountain range and southern most grasslands is Santiago de Chile. It’s no wonder that this South American capital is a city of extremes.
“Bienvenidos a Santiago.” A cosmopolitan city where you can be whoever you want to be. Dine out in elegant business districts, grab a churro in an urban park, or hand pick fresh seafood in a historic market hall.
Delve into classic art museums or get inspired by bohemian street art. Escape the heat in modern air condition malls or find sanctuary in historic cathedrals.
Treat your palate to a fine wine or down a beer in one of the city’s favorite bars.
No matter what you are looking for, Santiago has it all. Fringed by mountain ranges, Santiago is often shrouded in a hazy cloud. In this soft light, the well-worn stones of the city’s oldest districts recall the atmosphere of the old Europe.
Chile is the country of poets and its romantic urban parks show us the simple delights of the old days before the digital world arrived.
Outside of the historic district, Santiago is buzzing with energy and growth. Shining skyscrapers tell a story of a thriving city with its eyes fixed on the future.
Free spirited students, artists and business people make this one of South America’s most progressive cities. The central Plaza de Armas is the perfect starting point for first time visitors. Browse its art stalls or have a drink in one of the square’s lively cafés to mingle with friendly Chilenos.
Admire some of the city’s oldest buildings and step into the metropolitan cathedral, a place for devotion and contemplation. Still in La Plaza, make your way up the historical bell tower of the National History Museum. See how sixteenth century Spanish “conquistadores” planned the capital around Santa Lucia Hill, the spot where the city was founded. Of course, thousands of years before the Spanish arrived; Chile already had a thriving civilization.
Today, only a few indigenous groups remain. The Civic District along Almada Boulevard is home to La Moneda Palace, which was the colonial mint and is now the seat of government. The original palace was bombed when General Augusto Pinochet ceased power in 1973. The museum of memory and human rights reminds visitors of the thousands of victims of his repressive rule. The people fought back and Chile is now a prosperous and free nation.
As the country’s beloved poet Pablo Neruda once said: “you can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”
Since the 1990’s, Santiago has flourished and is today one of the happiest capitals in South America. Don’t miss “Parque Forestal”. This green corridor gives access to some of the city’s most remarkable art museums and sculptures. Take a peek inside Cento Cultural Estación Mapocho, a monumental train station turned exhibition space with café and restaurant.
Rent a bike and head to Providencia to see the jumble of artworks in the “Parque de Las Esculturas”. Keep riding northeast to Vitacura to feed the swans in Parque Bicentenário or pull up a beach chair.
To the south of the city is Pirque, where you can tour the famous Concha Y Toro Winery. The experience will make you a connoisseur of the region’s chardonnay and the vino’s tasting sessions are a feast for the senses.
If you’d rather drink a cold cerveza, visit a sidewalk café and the central Belavista neighborhood. Browse craft shops, look for precious antiques and check out the area’s colorful street art.
From Belavista, which is Spanish for beautiful views, you can scale the city’s revered hill, Serro San Cristobal.
Take one last look at sparkling Santiago, before you set out to explore Chile’s many natural treasures.
Vocabulary
Nestled (to nestle) – to be in or put someone or something into a comfortable or protected position
To dine out – (formal) to go to a restaurant to eat your evening meal
To delve into something  – to examine something carefully in order to discover more information about someone or something
Sanctuary –  protection or a safe place; the part of a church where religious ceremonies happen
To down – to eat or drink something quickly
Fringed (to fringe) – to form a border around the edge of something
Shrouded – covered or protected or hidden from being seen
Hazy – not clear because of haze (= fog)
Well-worn – used very often or too often; showing the signs of extensive use or wear
To recall – to remember or think of
Delight – great pleasure
Buzzing – filled with excitement, activity, or sounds
Thriving (to thrive) – to grow, develop, or be successful
To browse – to look at or through something to see what is there
Stall – A stand, booth, or compartment for the sale of goods in a market or large covered area
To mingle with – to be with or among other people, esp. talking to them
Mint – a place where the new coins and paper money of a country are made
Seat – a place that is a center for an important activity, esp. government
Beloved – loved very much
Flourished (to flourish) – to grow or develop successfully
Take a peek – to look, esp. for a short time or while trying to avoid being seen
Jumble – a confused mixture or mass of things
Connoisseur – a person who has expert knowledge of something, esp. an art, food, or drink, and is qualified to judge and appreciate its quality
Feast – a large, special meal, often for many people, to celebrate someone or something
Craft shop – a shop that sells decorative objects made by hand or the materials and tools used for making such objects
Revered (to revere) – to greatly respect and admire someone or something
Sparkling – energetic and interesting