Aug 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Dynamic South American Capital Invites Seniors

Chile’s capital is a dynamic, modern city, inviting to seniors, where colonial mansions sit among soaring skyscrapers, folk art becomes fashion and Latin and European cultures intertwine. Santiago, also known as Santiago de Chile, is the capital and largest city of Chile. It is located in the country’s central valley, at an elevation of 520 m (1,706.04 ft). Although Santiago is the capital, legislative bodies meet in the coastal town of Valparaíso, a one-hour drive to the west.

Chile’s steady economic growth has transformed Santiago into one of South America’s most modern metropolitan areas, with extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping centers, and impressive high-rise architecture. It is an Alpha(-) World City and has a very modern transport infrastructure. Santiago was founded by Spanish Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia on February 12, 1541 with the name Santiago del Nuevo Extremo, as a homage to Saint James and Extremadura, Valdivia’s birth place in Spain. The founding ceremony was held on Huelén Hill (later renamed Cerro Santa Lucía).

The city lies in the centre of the Santiago Basin, a large bowl-shaped valley consisting of a broad and fertile plain surrounded by mountains. It is flanked by the main chain of the Andes on the east and the Chilean Coastal Range on the west. The Andes mountains around Santiago are quite tall, culminating in Tupungato volcano at 6570 m (21,555 ft).

According to data collected in the 2002 census by the National Institute of statistics, the Santiago metropolitan area population reached 5.428.590 inhabitants. Despite the long history, there are only a few historical buildings from the Spanish colonial period in the city, because Santiago – as the rest of the country – was regularly hit by earthquakes.

Hot Springs, a Favored Senior Activity

So seniors, you can find almost everything you need in this city. It has all star hotels, economical bed and breakfasts, restaurants of every ethnic background, discos, clubs, a museum, universities, international and national airports, high rise office buildings, theater, malls, fun parks, a modern subway system which makes finding your way around Santiago. Whether you are here on business or pleasure you’ll like Santiago, Chile.

Within an hour or so from Santiago you can also find outdoor opportunities like, hiking, nature, hot springs, and skiing. Hot springs!! My wife and I led a group of students to Chile (Temuco). We were invited to one of the well-known hot springs, a familiar activity in Chile due to the volcanic action that abounds there. Do consider a trip to Chile.  It is a very peaceful and economically sound country.  Lonely Planet can fill you in on details. jeb

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