|Shirt and handbag from a street fair in Santiago, AEO shorts, Steve Madden sandals|
We stopped in Santiago which is the capital of Chile for 2-days after our Patagonia excursion. I didn't know what to expect since I did seldom research but I fell in love with Santiago and felt the most at home here out of all places in South America. The differing neighborhoods, vibrancy, and streets filled with art and culture reminded me a lot of San Francisco. One of the first things we did was stop by Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia to buy souvenirs, which was such a fun market to explore. I also ended up getting this top for 9,000 Chilean pesos ($14 USD) and a purse for 19,000 pesos ($30 USD). Some other favorite activities consisted of visiting Cerro San Cristóbal which is a steep hill you walk up to see the cityscape, going to the Metropolitan Cathedral, and walking around Lastarria which is the area we stayed in. We stayed in Hotel Ismael 312 which had a cozier room but the overall hotel was super hip and the location was walking distance to so many great places. Overall, Santiago was such a vibrant city and left me with a great impression of city-life in Chile.