For the past year, I’ve been bouncing around Latin America. You can read about my adventures in Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador in part one, as well as Peru and Chile in part two. In this time, I’ve been trying out the digital nomad lifestyle – working online, learning Spanish, and exploring in my free time. As I’m both a travel and language blogger, I’d like to introduce you to some of the amazing places I’ve been on my trip, en español of course! First up is Santiago de Chile. With the help of my amiga who is from here, we’ve written an introduction into the Chilean capital. Put your Spanish reading skills to the test and then read the English translation.

Surrounded by mountains.

Santiago es la capital de Chile. Es también la ciudad más grande del país. Más de siete millones de personas viven en ella. Fue fundada en 1541 por el conquistador español Don Pedro de Valdivia y es el centro político, financiero y cultural de Chile. Está ubicada en un valle rodeado por la Cordillera de los Andes. El río Mapocho fluye a través de la ciudad. Santiago tiene un verano cálido y seco, y un invierno frío con baja humedad.

Such a beautiful city.

Santiago is the capital of Chile. It is also the largest city in the country. More than 7 million people live there. The city was founded in 1541 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia and it is the political, financial, and cultural center of Chile. It is located in a valley and is surrounded by the Andes mountains. The Mapocho River flows through the city. Santiago has a warm, dry summer and a cool winter with low humidity.

View from atop the clock tower.

La Plaza de Armas es la plaza principal de Santiago. Allí puedes encontrar la histórica Catedral Metropolitana, la casa central de Correos de Chile, y el palacio de la Corte Suprema. Este edificio ahora está destinado al Museo de Historia Nacional. Ahí puedes subir hasta la cima de la torre del reloj para una mejor vista de la plaza.

The Plaza de Armas is the main square of Santiago. Here you’ll find the historic Metropolitan Cathedral, the Central Post Office Building, and the Supreme Court Palace. This building now houses the Chilean National History Museum. You can climb up to the top of the clocktower for a great view of the plaza.

On a great bike tour with La Bicicleta verde.

Una gran forma de ver Santiago y aprender sobre la ciudad es tomar un tour en bicicleta. “La Bicicleta Verde” organiza dos tours al día. Te recomendamos tomar ambos un día. En el tour, vas a visitar parques, probar helados típicos deliciosos, y aprender sobre la historia de Santiago. Y por ultimo también vas a visitar el Palacio de La Moneda, la residencia presidencial.

La Moneda

A great way to see Santiago and learn about the city is on a bike tour. La Bicicleta Verde runs tours twice a day. We recommend you do both in one day. On the tour, you’ll visit local parks, try some delicious typical ice cream, and learn about the history of Santiago. And finally you’ll also visit La Moneda, the presidential palace.

Neptune Fountain

It’s worth the short climb here.

En Santiago hay un par de cerros que puedes subir, como el cerro Santa Lucía que está justo en el centro de la ciudad. La hermosa fuente de Neptuno está en la base del cerro. También puedes ver el Castillo Hidalgo cuando estés ahí. Hay una gran vista de la ciudad desde la cima. Por otro lado, el cerro San Cristóbal es un paseo ideal para hacer una caminata. En la cumbre puedes ver la estatua de la Virgen María. Puedes tomar el teleférico al bajar y disfrutar la vista en el camino.

See the Virgin Mary up there?

There’s a closeup for you!

There are a few hills you can climb in Santiago, like the Santa Lucia Hill that is right in the city center. The beautiful Neptune Fountain is at the bottom of the hill. You can also see the Castillo Hidalgo where you are there. There’s a great view of the city from the top of the hill. On the other hand, San Cristobal Hill is a great place to go for a hike. At the top, you can see the statue of the Virgin Mary. You can take the cable car down and enjoy the view along the way.

Tallest building in Latin America.

Santiago es la casa del edificio más alto de Latinoamérica. La Gran Torre Santiago tiene 300 metros de altura y es parte del Costanera Center. Allí tu encontrarás un centro comercial gigantesco. El patio de comidas tiene un balcón con vista a la montaña. Asegúrate de probar la especialidad Chilena, el completo.

Mmmmm… completos!

Santiago is home to the tallest building in Latin America. The Grand Santiago Tower is 300 meters tall and is part of the Costanera Center. Here you’ll find a massive shopping mall. The food court here has a balcony with a mountain view. Be sure to try a Chilean specialty – a completo.

Get a BIP card!

Es fácil viajar a Santiago y pasear por sus alrededores. También cuenta con un aeropuerto internacional de buen tamaño y vuelos a muchos países. La ciudad tiene una extensa red de metro y buses llamada Transantiago. Si viajas a Santiago, debes comprar una tarjeta BIP, la que puedes cargar y usar para viajar en buses y metro. Los taxis también son accesibles y Uber es muy popular.

It is easy to travel to Santiago and get around the city. It also has a good-sized international airport with flights to many countries. The city has an extensive metro and bus network called Transantiago. If you travel to Santiago, you should buy a BIP card, which you can use to travel on the metro and the bus. Taxis are also accessible and Uber is very popular.

Drone’s eye view above the park.

Santiago es grande y moderna. Es un lugar interesante con un montón de cosas para ver y hacer. Como museos, parques, monumentos históricos, iglesias, centros culturales y una gastronomía que mezcla sabores típicos y del mundo. Hay muchos bares y restaurantes para elegir que te encantarán. Es el mejor lugar para aprender la historia y cultura chilena. ¿Quieres viajar a Santiago?

Santiago is big and modern. It’s an interesting place with a lot to see and do. With museums, parks, historical monuments, churches, cultural centers and a cuisine that mixes local flavors and those from all over the world. There are many restaurants and bars to choose from that you will love. It’s the best place to learn about the history and culture of Chile. Do you want to travel to Santiago?

About the Author:sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they’re currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.



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