SANTIAGO, Chile — The Chilean capital is spread across a broad valley rimmed by mountains, most spectacularly the snowcapped Andes in the east. Other ranges add to the drama and with the Andes encircle Santiago.
It helps to have an elevated vantage point to visualize all this, and so it was that my press group visited San Cristobal, the hilltop site of Santiago’s 21,000-acre Metropolitan Park. From here, our guide Carlos pointed out the neighborhoods. He also advised that the government has stopped the city’s continued spread, forcing more development within the existing city’s confines. [Read more...]