Conscious City Guide: Santiago
WHERE TO STAY
Located in the new financial district of Santiago (also known as “Sanhattan”), the InterContinental Hotel operates on the Green Engage System to assure their facilities are as eco-friendly as possible. The hotels system monitors and controls operations to reduce water, energy and waste and to cut carbon emissions as well. The hotel has a 17,000-square foot green living wall that lines the side of the building; it’s the largest green wall in the WORLD! Dually modern and classic both inside and out, this hotel does not disappoint!
Carmenere Eco Hotel
Hotel Carmenere is a small little boutique hotel tucked away on a quite street amongst the bustling city of Santiago. With only five rooms, the hotel feels less like a hotel and more like a private mansion. This rustic oasis has the perfect backyard and garden where guests can enjoy breakfast. There is also a small wine cellar for sampling organic Chilean wines!
WHAT TO DO
Bellavista is a quirky and lively neighborhood full of restaurants, bars and shopping. The streets are picturesque with its brightly colored homes and graffiti throughout. Along with the colorful streets, Bellavista is home to poet Pablo Neruda’s famous house, La Chascona, as well as the popular restaurant El Mesón Nerudiano which is named after him.
Cerro San Cristobal
At the edge of Bellavista, you’ll find the entrance to Cerro San Cristobal. It is the city’s second highest hill with some of the best views in all the city. To get to the top, you can either take the funicular that leaves from Bellavista or you can hike from any entrance throughout the park. Once you arrive at the top, you’ll have a panoramic view of the city and surrounding Andes Mountains.
If Cerro San Cristobal isn’t high enough for you, take a visit to the tallest skyscraper in Latin America; Gran Torre Santiago. The tower sits at 300 meters (65 stories) high! A quick elevator ride takes you to the 61 st floor where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the entire city and mountains. It’s incredible.
Mercado Central is Santiago’s famous fish market and ranked fifth best market in the world by National Geographic. Located in the city center, this market is considered a historical landmark in Santiago. The market is known for its seafood, including items you can pick up and cook at home as well as restaurants within.
WHERE TO EAT
Located in the heart of Santiago and currently listed as #4 on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, Boragó is one of the most impressive dining experiences. Chef Rodolfo Guzmán takes you on a culinary journey through every region of Chile. The list of unique ingredients used is endless, and most importantly, all of them can only be found in Chile. Foraging, exploring, gardening and locally sourcing are all a part of the culture that make up the experience at Boragó.
Ranked #20 on the Worlds 50 Best Latin American Restaurants list in 2016, Ambrosia is the ultimate market-to-table experience. This restaurant is managed by two awesome women; Chef Carolina Bazán and Sommelier Rosario Onetto. Together they showcase the great variety of ingredients and wines that Chile offers today. The menu changes daily according to the best ingredients Chef Bazán can find to create delicious, innovative and incredibly flavorful dishes. Rosario pairs Bazáns cooking-style with a balanced wine list that focuses on biodynamic and small wineries from Chile. Don’t miss out on this hidden gem!! #GIRLPOWER
Peumayen Ancestral Food
The restaurant celebrates pre-colonial Chilean cuisine that uses a wide variety of Chilean ingredients. Peumayen brings together ancestral ingredients from across Chile and combines them with traditional cooking methods and modern presentation.
Situated in the bustling area of Providencia, 99 Restaurant has been dubbed the leader of the “Chilean bistronomy” movement. Chef Kurt Schmidt has created a super-casual, yet gastronomically innovative vibe, serving dishes extracted from Chilean ingredients.