Santiago, Chile

“All we could see was the dust on the road ahead” Che Guevera – The Motorcycle Diaries

Valparaíso to Santiago is just a couple of hours on the bus. Here in the Chilean capital I rented apartments with rooftop views, allowing me to photograph aerial views of the city at dawn and dusk. It was also good to have a kitchen and be able to cook my own dinner. Although by the time I’d located a supermarket, rounded up the ingredients, and created the cuisine (Pasta Amatriciana) it was about midnight.

While in town I visited (and dined) at the Central Mercado – famous for its seafood, which you can see at stalls , fresh, ready for sale, and sit at the restaurants inside to consume it. Also paid a visit to the Cerro San Cristóbal and sat with tourists, cyclists and locals to watch the sun lower itself over the horizon. (Don’t try and walk back down from here – it takes two hours on the winding road!)

I couldn’t describe the city without mentioning the stand-up coffee shops, with their (mostly) beautiful, and well endowed waitresses, why hasn’t this caught on in London, or anywhere?! Must be the lack of seating I suppose. Sadly I have no pictures of these enticing establishments, you’ll have to use your imagination, or pay a visit.

On the horizon next for me was the mythical landscapes of Patagonia, and The Torres del Paine National Park, via Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales.

Aerial view of Santiago City at Sunset, Santiago, Chile

Seafood for sale at the Mercado Central, Santiago, Chile

Seafood for sale at the Mercado Central, Santiago, Chile

Templo San Agustín at dawn, Santiago, Chile

Sunrise near the Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theatre), Santiago, Chile

The Cathedral at dawn, Santiago, Chile

Aerial view of Central Santiago City at Sunset, Santiago, Chile

Aerial view of Santiago City at Sunset, Santiago, Chile

Aerial view of Santiago City at Sunset, Santiago, Chile

Aerial view of Santiago City at Sunset, Santiago, Chile

Aerial view of Santiago City at Sunset, Santiago, Chile

 

Seafood for sale at the Mercado Central, Santiago, Chile

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View from Cerro San Cristóbal at dusk, Santiago, Chile

View from Cerro San Cristóbal at dusk, Santiago, Chile

View from Cerro San Cristóbal at dusk, Santiago, Chile

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Seafood for sale at the Mercado Central, Santiago, Chile

Mercado Central, Santiago, Chile

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