Nov 29, 2018
|Santiago is the capital of Chile. It is the largest city in Chile and is home to more than one-third of the population. From our observations, Santiago, the city, and Chile, the country, appear to be the most prosperous in South America. We discovered that Chile’s primary wealth comes from the copper mines in the Atacama Desert located in the northern part of Chile. We were told that Chile is the number one producer of copper in the world.
Santiago has a wonderful historic city center, Plaza de Armas, and an amazing glass and steel building district with so many high-rises, it has the nickname “Sanhattan".
SAN CRISTOBAL TOWER
We chose the luxury San Cristobal Tower for its elegance and location to visit Santiago and celebrate our wedding anniversary while staying in the exquisite Presidential Suite.
The General Manager, Howie Brown, and his management team helped make our stay so very enjoyable and memorable.
Our Presidential Suite
Celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary with a gourmet dinner and desert prepared and served by the culinary team including Ivanna Canepa, Hostess; Diego Beltran, Food and Beverage Coordinator; Silvana Mateluna; Executive Sous Chef; Roberto Catalan, Junior Sous Chef.
Plaza de Armas
Established in 1541, Plaza de Armas began as the civic and commercial nucleus of Santiago. The area around it became the site of the court of law, the cathedral, the governor’s palace, and the residential homes of Chile’s principal conquistadors from Spain.
The Plaza and the surrounding area are now the major social hub of downtown Santiago where people come to relax, enjoy the day with friends, shop, have lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants, and visit the historic sites.
A special celebration was taking place in the Plaza de Armas in front of the Cathedral
Palacio de la Moneda – initially the nation’s mint, now Chile’s Presidential Palace
The Supreme Court
Daniela Romero Farina, Reporter for Communications, took us on a private tour and arranged for us to meet Hernan Crisosto, one of the judges.
Hernan Crisosto, Supreme Court Justice of Appeal of Santiago, was involved in the publication of a book “Acceso a La Justicia de Grupos Vulnerables” (access to justice by vulnerable groups) given to us during our visit. Harman had a conversation with him regarding the British Parliament for the people that was started for the same reason, to protect the vulnerable.
He stated that the powerful and wealthy with corrupt intention are not allowed to practice and abuse the law through smart and intelligent advocates against poor, honest and hard-working citizens.
In addition, Harman also interacted and briefly talked with a prominent lawyer on this very issue, who assured Harman that he is committed to protect the vulnerable for full justice against illegal practices.
Chamber of Deputies - Legislature
Ministry of International Relations
Arrin Andereya, Director of International Security, and Harman discussed his official role in this very serious and important position. Arrin was very gracious and succinctly candid on this issue with his commitment for keeping the country safe and protected against any harm to the citizens and visitors.
He reassured us that Chile, his country, has prospered over the last five years and is a safe place to visit.
The Stock Exchange
National Theater of Chile
Central Market is frequented by locals and visitors who come to see, smell, and buy the bounty of fish and shellfish found along the Chilean coast, or dine on a local dish at one the many restaurants in the market.
"Sanhattan" is the nickname given to the area of high-rise building, like the ones seen in Manhattan.
The Costanera high-rise shopping mall is the largest shopping mall in South America. What we liked so very much was that each floor was designated to either women, men, children, household goods, etc.
SAN CRISTOBAL HILL
San Cristóbal Hill is the largest urban park in Latin America and well worth spending a few hours visiting.
There are several ways to explore it including by bus, cable car and funicular. We chose to go up on the cable car, explore the various sites at the top, and come back down on the funicular.
The views of Santiago from the top are spectacular.
The main site on the summit is a sanctuary dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, with a 22-meter statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an amphitheater and a chapel. Within the pedestal there is a small chapel in which Pope John Paul II prayed and blessed the city of Santiago on April 1, 1987. The statue is lit up at night by lights placed on its sides, allowing it to be viewed from all over Santiago both day and night.
At the foot of the statue there is an amphitheater for holding masses or other religious ceremonies. Near the statue, there is also a small chapel for praying.
Nativity scene wooden carvings
Other sites to visit include –
Plaza Gabriel Mistra
At the foothills of Cerro San Cristóbal are the Chilean National Zoo and a Japanese-style garden.
One day we took a long walk and came upon a park being developed along the river that runs for miles through Santiago.