Santiago de Chile, Chile

Santiago de Chile, capital of Chile, is crossed by the Mapocho River with the beautiful scenery of the Andes. Although these mountains provide a beautiful backdrop to the city, they also cause the development of pollution clouds especially in winter. It is a modern metropolis with several theaters, restaurants, shopping malls and universities. It also houses the Grande Torre Santiago (Great Tower) considered the greatest Latin American building. The city has the metro and there is also a motorway partly underground. Unfortunately, Chile is a seismic country and it always can have an earthquake.

Tips

Every day at 10:00 and at 15:00 there is a guided free tour of the city of about 4 hours. The appointment is at Plaza de Armas (Square of Arms). You must usually give a tip to the guide. If you want a beautiful view of Santiago, take the cable car and go to the San Cristobal’ Hill. A statue of the Virgin dominates the summit and there is also a zoo. There is another hill, Santa Lucia, in the center of the city where you could also have a good view if there is no pollution. At the Aviation Square you can see a set of water colors in the evening. Visit its old quarter Concha y Toro that is characterized for having paved streets with ancient houses that reflect the elegance and richness that prevailed in the early twentieth century.

 

Ingleses Beach, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Ingleses Beach is one of the most popular destinations on the island of Florianopolis in southern Brazil all year long and especially during the summer because it has an excellent infrastructure that serves the beach and even a small shopping center. Bars, entertainment, restaurants, nightclubs and the strong presence of shops warranty families and youth diversion in the night, while during the day the beach is the favorite place. Its name was taken because of a wreck of a British vessel in the region between 1683 and 1737. These dates were established by objects found. This is a favorite beach for Argentinians that feel at home by finding a bilingual service and Argentine newspapers too. The large beach (about 5 km), allows one hand, enjoy the calm sea, ideal for taking children and the elderly, and on the other side, the waves are strong and favorable for surfing. The sand is very fine and white, and there are dune formations in this region. In summer, the temperature of the water is warm and pleasant, suitable for a relaxing swim. In the south, the Morro dos Ingleses (a very small mount) separates Ingleses Beach from Santinho Beach.

Tips

If you want to spend several hours on the beach, you can rent a space with some of the posts along the beach that will enable you to use the full service in exchange of consuming something from this post. It is very convenient because you will also have your things monitoring service when you make a bath.
You can eat local specialties especially fish and drink wonderful natural juices throughout the day.
You’ll find all kinds of places for rent as well if you do not like hotels.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. Its inhabitants are largely of Italian or Spanish origin. Located on the west bank of the river “Rio de la Plata’ with Uruguay on the other bank. It has the largest port in the country with a nice walking aerea and new buildings, restaurants, luxury apartments, hotels, etc., known as Puerto Madero. Considered a tourist and cultural center famous for its nightlife, the most important streets are Corrientes and Florida, with many cafes, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, boutiques, art galleries, etc. Its symbol is the Obelisk, which is in the intersection of Avenue 9 de julio (July, 9th) and Corrientes Avenue, marking the kilometer zero of the city. A neighborhood that is worth a visit is the Recoleta with its shopping area and quite expensive condominiums, with beautiful terraces and a cemetery where the most important people and families hold their mausoleums with many works of art made especially in marble.

Tips

Travelling by public transport and even taxi is cheap but you have to be patient because there are often traffic jams and protest marches, especially in downtown.

Get the SUBE card, rechargeable, to travel by subway and bus.

Please note, you need to make a sign with your hand to the bus to stop it or it will not do it at all.

The ‘remise’ is a safer and cheaper mean of transport than a taxi. There are small local companies with multiple cars and drivers that allow you to book your trip and with a simple phone call they will give you the price that will cost your journey, no surprises.

As Buenos Aires is a big city, plan a minimum of 3-4 days to at least see a little bit of it. For tango lovers, you will find several shows also with dinner included.