santiago, chile

Patagonia was a hard act to follow, but the people in Santiago made it so worthwhile. The Cruzat Family gave us such a warm welcome to their beautiful city. Visiting the beaches and ranches near Santiago are a must during our next stay.


  • Santiago adventures with Meg, Pat, Conor, and Amy Shields 
  • Sharing such a fun dinner with our cute Chilean/Chicago family friends, the Cruzats
  • Getting dinner with Nader, Grayson Helm's good friend who bravely moved to Santiago solo 4 months ago!  


  • The Aubrey Hotel
    • Cool boutique hotel, unfortunately located in the wrong part of downtown
    • If you are going to Santiago, we recommend the Singular Hotel
  • Barrio Lastarria
    • An afternoon in this neighborhood included a great lunch spot, gelato, shopping and endless coffee shops
  • El Mestizo
    • Incredible restaurant in the park with great views 
  • Valparaíso
    • Colorful historical port town located on top of the hills
    • As a UNESCO world heritage site, residents must preserve the look and feel of the historic city. As a result, building facades remain relatively untouched, while inside is completely refurbished
    • Filled with masterful murals and colorful street art


  • Cultural Bike Tour
    • Great way to get a sense of the city and historic culture 
    • Missed the Pope by a week!
  • Gondola Ride
    • Great views of Santiago
    • You can see a huge statue of the Blessed Mother on the hill from miles away. They hold outdoor masses at the top on Sundays.
  • Casablanca Wine Tour
    • Wine region known for their white wines located 40 minutes outside of Santiago
  • Valparaíso Tour
    • Walking the hills, admiring masterful murals and colorful street art
    • Riding the funicular elevator