An internship abroad in Santiago, Chile's capital, promises to be an interesting and demanding experience. Without a doubt the city is the country's political and economic center.
Bellavista is considered the bohemian, arty quarter of Santiago. The narrow, colorful streets away from the city's noise and hassle can actually remind you of a village. There are lots of little cafés, crafts shops, workshops and restaurants. The main road Pío Nono becomes a colorful crafts market at night and the nightlife in the quarter is generally fun and interesting!
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
The Chilean Museum for Prehistoric art has a a broad collection of art, some of the exhibits older than 5000 years and which were drawn from the whole South American continent. Do not miss the Maya carvings.
Cerro Santa Lucia
A small hill in the middle of Santiago with a great garden, beautiful turrets and fountains and swirling stairways. You have a great view from the top and a visit is always worthwhile, even when there is smog covering the city.
Los Dominicus Market
One of the most cozy and beautiful markets of Santiago and the best place to go souvenir hunting. You can find everything from leather products and antiques to books and fossils. Furthermore, there are a couple of small, cozy restaurants and bars.
Cerro San Christóbal cable car
You will have a beautiful view of Santiago during a trip with the cable way up to the San Christóbal, the city's largest green area. On its top you can then visit a church, an amphitheater and a statue of the Virgin Mary. On your way back, you might want to stop at Santiago's zoo which is situated at the foot of the hill.
The house belonged to the poet and Nobel Prize winner Pablos Neruda. Neruda designed a large part of the house and garden and built it for his third wife who was his lover at this time. It shows his preference for angled rooms, narrow passages, low ceilings and big windows.
Palacio de La Moneda
Today the Palacio de La Moneda is the Presidential Palace, but it used to be the mint of the country. It was opened in 1805 while still being under construction and was partly destroyed during the coup in 1973. Do not miss the daily change of guards!
Mercado Central - Fish market
A true Santiago landmark and an amazing experience for your nose. Vast quantities of fish, sea food and fruits are being offered in this huge market hall, an interesting steal construction. You can also try a lot of typical Chilean specialties in the surrounding restaurants and booths.
A luxurious villa which was built at the end of the 19th century and still has all its original furniture. The palace was built and belonged to the Cousino Goyenecha family until it was sold to the city of Santiago in 1941. The building was declared a historic monument in 1981.
The theater is one of the cultural centers of Santiago. Everyone will find something interesting, from Opera and Ballet to classical concerts and plays.