Three Reasons Why: Santiago
Reason One: Adventure
At the heart of Santiago is Cerro de San Cristobal, which is without a doubt, the most visited hill in the city. San Cristobal is a must-do experience in Santiago, where visitors can hike or bike their way through to the top. Another well-known spot for adventure lovers is the Cerro Manquehue. The volcano shaped mountain can be seen from almost any part of the city. Santiago has several natural parks where you can trek, hike, and explore much of what nature has to offer.
Reason Two: Cosmopolitan City
The majority of Chile’s commercial activity is concentrated in its capital city – Santiago. As the industrial and financial center of the country, Santiago generates 45% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Santiago’s strong economy and steady growth have attracted migrants from Europe and the U.S. The city has a growing theater and restaurant scene, many suburban developments, and a rising skyline, which includes the tallest building in Latin America. Santiago is also home to South America’s most extensive subway system. The city is a booming business center and commercial hub for Latin America. Visitors are often pleasantly surprised by the size of the city, its modernity, and the amount of international restaurants that line its streets.
Reason Three: Wine Country
With its award-winning wines, Chile has become synonymous with wine - and the world has taken notice. In the southeast of Santiago is one of Chile’s most famous labels, which was established in 1883. This label was also the first winery in the world to trade its shares in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). There are several wineries located throughout Chile, with many of the routes beginning in Santiago. As the desire for wines sourced from Santiago has grown, so have the wineries.
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