From New Zealand to Chuchunco City
Hi guys! Let me introduce myself, you can call me Ina. I’m a Chilean girl of 26 years old and this is my first article and because of that I want to start explaining why the name chuchuncocity.com
Chilean people are known for speaking bad Spanish basically because we use a lot of slangs. Chuchunco City is one of them.
When you hear a Chilean person saying that particular word, they are referring to a place that is really far away, sometimes we don’t even now the exact location or how can we get there. Is kind of the Bermudas Triangle of Chile haha.
But the truth is that this place actually exists! And is not a random place or lost on the map. In fact, is the most extensive center of transport in Santiago (the capital of Chile), in that area you can find the biggest station of buses and even the train station that lead you to the south of the country. The real name of the area is Estación Central (Central Station).
In old times was known as Chuchunco (since the Mapuches, aborigines of Chile), and it means where the water was lost. This was because it was really far away from the town center.
After the construction of the train station in XIX Chuchunco was no longer the “farther place”, and it continues to increase and develop so strong that now is one of the most important commercial and financial centers in Santiago.
Is an obligated stop to everyone who arrives in Chile, and you can find so many ways to have fun and enjoy! But first, the best advice that I can give you is *Keep an eye on your stuff!
If you are filling to do shopping, the best place is the Meiggs neighborhood, really crowded and full of life! And the best part is really cheap!
If you are interested in culture and museums, you can visit the Artequin Museum, is an interactive art museum. In 1986 the building was declared National Historical Monument because it’s installed in the París Pabellon. A building constructed in Paris in 1889 for the architect Henri Picq and used for the Universal Exposition of Paris the same year. Then was send to Chile. Artequin Museum is the best way to learn art and have fun in a beautiful place for all ages! (the tickets cost almost $3 US bucks)
I love stars! I can look the sky for hours! I really love it! It’s so relaxing, and you can do it too if you like, the only thing you had to do is going to the Planetarium of the University of Santiago. It’s been open since 1980 and is one of the 50 audiovisual centers of astronomic diffusion most respected and is considered between the biggest planetariums.
FOOD AND DRINKS!
For me, one of the best things of Chile is the food and drinks! I’m a foodie 100% and I really recommend you to try one of our traditional drinks Terremoto (Earthquake, I think that is not necessary to explain the name haha) made with white wine, pineapple ice cream and grenadine. Be careful! Is super good and sweet, but it can be tricky! You can find this delicious drink in the restaurant El Hoyo (The Hole) is a tavern where you can find traditional food and drinks from Chile, even the architecture of the house is a traditional classic style of the early twentieth century so you can experience a unique and traditional meal with your family and friends!
I also recommended to you to try the specialties, if you like meat you can try the juicy meatloaf with mashed potatoes. OMG! So good! And if you are vegetarian you can try all the diverse salad that they have, the traditional Chilean salad is tomato, onion and coriander, sometimes you can find with chili peppers. And off course, you must try the homemade bread Pan Batido or Marraqueta, as a fun fact we are the second largest consumer of bread in the world (after Germany), with Pebre, is a typical marinade type sauce of Chile, similar to the Pico de Gallo of Mexico. Is made with coriander, onion, garlic, green chili, vinegar, salt, and olive oil. It’s a little spicy sometimes so be careful, bust most of all, enjoy!
(In the next photo you can see the Terremoto, the meatloaf with smash potatoes and the bread with Pebre)
Matucana 100 is another amazing place to go in Chuchunco City, is a cultural center where the mission is to develop cultural, scientific, technological and social actions and manifestations allowing the access to everyone. They promote actively the development of the arts and culture. So you can find cinema, art, dance, theater, circus, music, anything you want! So I promise you that you are going to have fun there! (The exhibitions are free, the prices of shows depends).
Another advice, be prepared for non-English speakers, that’s the only problem in Chile. But everybody is willing to help and they are very friendly, especially after some drinks haha. I just give you some tips for a visit but only in one neighborhood of Santiago, there so many places to go! And that’s only in the capital.
Chuncho City is a neighborhood in Santiago, and it’s the capital of Chile, with more than 7 million habitants, was founded by Pedro de Valdivia in 1541. Is one of the biggest cities in Latin America.
I invited you to visit because is an amazing place, with so much to give. But remember, Santiago is not Chile, so after spend some time in the city, please, go and enjoy the other beautiful cities and places.
Actually, I’m from Viña del Mar, two hours from Santiago, but since March I been living in Auckland, New Zealand, but, independent of where I’m living now for me is important to star from the beginning. I always have been thinking that when you are telling a story or knowing someone new, is better star from yourself, your own story, your own life and experience. This is the first time that I write something that is going to be public on social medias, and I’m sorry if I don’t good at it, but this is me and this is my story. I hope you enjoy it!