The first place of mountains and relaxing to spend the weekend or even a day, and Pomaire, famous for its pottery, ceramics and local cuisine like empanadas or corn cake. A great alternative is to take a tour of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, visiting on the way a vineyard in the Casablanca Valley. Strange and familiar. This mixed feeling will without fail, when you sit on the Plaza de Armas, the main square of Santiago de Chile, and let eyes wander around. Strange, for example, is that here in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed. Maybe it started in the middle of gray European autumn and is now more radiant in the spring. At midday, the sun is in the north but is capable of heating and reliably. The atmosphere reminds Europe: Spanish arcades, palaces amononados on the corner a modern building of glass and mirrors next to the neo-classical cathedral.
Family is also the aspect of people: typical Latino? No, false alarm. Santiaguinos seem not unlike the inhabitants of Frankfurt, Rome or London: yuppies rush in designer suits, school girls laugh, office workers in their gray uniforms, women managers and stomping on your cellphone to his ear. In the square, you're in the eye of the hurricane, while two blocks beyond the hustle queen of the metropolis, the people here realizes wandering around, looking through the shoulders of the players of chess or listening to a quartet rope. The cliche of a chaotic Latin American metropolis is false, everything happens here quiet and civilized.