Torre Entel, a main landmark
The Torre Entel (Entel Tower) is a 135-metre high telecommunications tower belonging to ENTEL (Chile's main telecom company) located at the very centre of the city, and generally used as a landmark and point-of-reference for pedestrians finding their way in Santiago's downtown: "South of Torre Entel", or "just walk 3 blocks from the tower" are common directions you may hear more than once (it is also used as a navigation landmark for pilots flying on VFR over Santiago, or on their approach phase for Cerrillos airport).
On New Year's Eve, there is a massive firework show launched from the top of it, which can be seen from most of urban Santiago.
It is located at the corner of Alameda and Amunategui streets, one block west (downstreet) from La Moneda.
Here, the tower at sunset, seen from my apartment on a summer afternoon, just as I see it every day through the window next to my computer.
Taken with a Fuji FinePix S2 Pro 7-Megapixel Digital camera, fitted with a Nikkor 300 mm. lens, f. 6,3, 1/1500 sec., ISO 100, no filter, medium definition.
Ride the Micro like a rollercoaster
Are you ready for a fast ride through town in a crowed and stinky bus? Go for it and take a ride at a Micro. just about 50cent for an experience like in a rollercoaster. for a special feeling go town the street providencia, sitting in the back and jump up and down!
Metro: Santiago's subway
Santiago's Metro is the most efficient and fast way to go around the city.
There are 3 lines numbered 1 to 5 (Lines 3 and 4 are under planning or being currently built).
Line 1 goes from Pudahuel -not the airport, though- to Escuela Militar (35 km. to the east).
Line 2 goes from Estacion Mapocho -next to the river- to Lo Ovalle, in the southern suburb of San Miguel.
Line 5 goes from Santa Ana -an intermediate combination station of Line 2- to Bellavista, in the southeastern suburb of La Florida.
The longest trip takes 41 minutes. Ticket price is $ 320/380 - US$ 0,60/0,70 (normal/rush hour), and there's also an electronic debit card that can be recharged and used at a cost of $ 290/330; it's good if you're going to stay a couple of weeks in Santiago and using a lot the Metro. Card itself cost $ 1000 (US$ 1,80)
Operating hours: 600 AM till 1100 PM, Monday to Sunday.
Sunday fare is reduced price all day, and on Saturdays from 200 PM on.
It is called Divertimento and...
It is called Divertimento and it seats in the middle of one of the most important hills of this city, called Cerro San Cristobal. Surrounded with green and trees it is not something you easyly find. It serves the most amazing Italian and Chilean food. I think, a must!
Independence Day celebrations
We were in Santiago for Independence Day 2006 (19th September). There was celebrations the whole weekend. In the Plaza de Armes we saw a military Parade and saw the president in her car! The next day we went to Parque O'Higgins where there was huge celebrations with a massive barbeque, lots of kite flying and loads of stalls. The tourist info man told us 'only peasants and tourists go to Prque O'Higgins' but we certainly had a good time!