On Santiago's downtown, mainly on Ahumada and Estado streets, there are live performers: musicians, dancers, humourists and the so-called live statues, who make a "mechanical" movement after a small tip (50 or 100 pesos should be enough). Although they began as simple, whitewashed "statues", there are several variants now, including Robocop, devils, "china dolls" and a local version of Edward Scissorhand
Taken with Nikon F4s, 80-200 Nikkor at f.2,8, 1/60 sec. , Kodak Proimage 100 film.
There is a lot of diving in Chile and also near Santiago on diferent spots on the cost. The water is obviously colder that nin the caribean, but there is nothing that a 7mm neoprene suit can´t fix. Lots of companies offer -for the day- or weekend trips, including hotel or the BBQs etc. Personally I have seen fish banks, see wolfs (surounded by them at very close range), ship wraks, lots of flora and fauna. I have a page about everything you need to know about diving in Chile. (I think it´s the only non-comercial diving page in Chile). Check it out: www.dive.cl all gear can be rented from the local operator and is usually included in the price.
Afterour, really outstanding
Clandestino is a very crowded spot full of people with no sign outside, you have to knok the door to get in inside a lot of people ( work as an after hour bar ) i don´t know how they do but they have a great clientelle actors, foraigners and very cool locals. normally average clients 20 to 335 year old and opens at 1 AM and close at 5 AM. you´ll have to pay an entrance fee $ 3.000.- casual
Aeropuerto Arturo Merino...
Aeropuerto Arturo Merino Benítez, en el barrio de Pudahuel, el más moderno terminal aéreo del continente. Todas las líneas aéreas del mundo más importantes llegan a Santiago. Usa Lan Chile, entre las mejores del mundo.
Santiago está bien comunicada, un completo sistema de autopistas urbano, muchas avenidas grandes, carreteras y autopistas suburbanas a Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, San Antonio, Rancagua, Melipilla, Cajón del Maipo, Los Andes, La Ligua.
El metro tiene 3 líneas, es moderno, seguro, limpio y se está ampliando al doble para el 2005.
Línea 1 (Pudahuel-Las Condes)
Línea 2 (Centro-Santiago Sur)
Línea 5 (Centro-La Florida)
en el nuevo metro, cubrirá muchas comunas y zonas.
Hay trenes hacia la costa y hacia el sur.
Pizza & Pasta
Piola is now a Buenos Aires' trademark. It just opened a restaurant here in Santiago with the same pizza and pasta that made the original one so famous. Italian pasta (from Italy) and wood oven baked pizzas, plus a great decoration, makes this restaurant a must when arriving to Santiago. Do make a reservation, as it can get pretty crowded. All pizzas are great. Just choose. The pasta is very tasteful (try the gnocci!!!), and don't forget the dessert: the icecream comes in a baked tulip that is great!