Our hotel was located near the big Plaza Baquedano (also named plaza Italia). So we passed here every time.
There was also the metro station with the same name here, which was very handy to explore the city.
There were also lots of possibilities to explore the city on foot from here :
- Via Av Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins (Alameda) in order to go towards the Cerro Santa Lucia, and further towards the Plaza de Armas.
- Or via Avenido Cardenal Caro towards the Parque Forestal, a green oases in the busy city centre.
- Or just cross the plaza to discover the Barrio Bellavista and the Cerro Santa Cristobal.
This plaza is not actually a plaza, nor it's called Baquedano. Funny. First of all, it's a big roundabout that splits the Alameda and Providencia Avenues. It's where the Santiago district ends and the Providencia district begins (all in the Santiago metropolitan area).
Second, it's commonly known as Plaza Italia. In fact, Plaza Italia is the small plaza next to it, but people have called the area Plaza Italia.
So what's important about this particular place? It's where the santiaguinos celebrate whatever they've got to celebrate: football matches, tennis matches, beauty contests, name it. So if you hear of Chile winning something and want to avoid crowds, avoid this place. Otherwise, it's a must-see.