Exploring the graffiti covered streets of Santiago, Chile where I have just moved to!!

My hostel La Chimba where I am currently staying
My hostel La Chimba where I am currently staying

I am planning on working and staying in Chile for a while and made the move to Santiago two weeks ago. I booked myself into a hostel, La Chimba right in the center of the city. La Chimba hostel lies in the heart of the Bellavista district surrounded by universities and small restaurants and pubs. It’s a good point to explore the city from and its located close to my new workplace.

Walking through the streets of the Bellavista district
Walking through the streets of the Bellavista district 
The streets of Santiago are deserted before 10am in the morning
The streets of Santiago are deserted before 10am in the morning
The sidewalks are covered in Mosaic
The sidewalks are covered in Mosaic

Bellavista had me stunned with its colourful streets, its beautiful architecture and the colourful graffiti found on the walls and sides of the buildings.  These colourful streets have the lushness of a tree-clad hill, the Cerro San Cristóbal, as its natural backdrop. Barrio Bellavista lies between the Mapocho River and San Cristóbal Hill. It is known as Santiago’s bohemian quarter, with new hip restaurants, boutiques, and avant-garde galleries occupying loft spaces and lordly mansions along the tree-lined streets.

The buildings are covered in brightly coloured graffiti
The buildings are covered in brightly coloured graffiti

No wonder it was here that Pablo Neruda, Chile’s famous Noble literate  poet, decided to build his home in the capital in the 1950’s.

These whole neighbourhood is filled with beautiful art
These whole neighbourhood is filled with beautiful art
Living in an area like this would definitely be a huge art inspiration
Living in an area like this would definitely be a huge art inspiration

On my first sunny weekend in Santiago I started my exploring early and this barrio felt like a village miles away from the roaring noise of a city. It was quiet and most of the streets were deserted. Everything was still closed and the city streets only came alive around 10am.

 

I enjoy walking around the neighbourhood early mornings when it’s quiet, it calms me down and gives me the chance to think. I have actually moved to different countries a couple of times up until now but I found my first week here very hard. It was hard being so far away from everybody I know again. Being in a foreign country where I don’t know anybody and can’t even speak the language. I love a challenge but the first week it was a bit overwhelming.

There are no signs visible of what actually goes on in these graffiti covered builings
There are no signs visible of what actually goes on in these graffiti covered builings

My second week in Santiago went a bit better once I actually started work and found a fabulous place to live. Now I can actually start settling into my new home and explore Santiago and unearth all the fascinating secrets it holds.

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41 comments

  1. Love this! I adore street art, and photograph it wherever I see it. In my home city though, street art is not endorsed by the council so instead we end up with horrible cheap spray painted ‘tags’, generally just obscene language! So thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

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    • The street art here is stunning!! I have never lived in a city with such beautiful graffiti in! This is something new for me and I am definitely going to be taking way too many pictures of the graffiti!

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    • Thank you! I heard that the Chilean people are very laid back but didn’t expect the streets to only come alive after 10am!! It is quite an adjustment as I love walking around a city early and spending some time with a good book in a cafe early morning.

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    • I agree! I was not expecting it to be everywhere in the city and to actually be so beautiful and colourful. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered the stunning graffiti all over the city!

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  2. Really cool! I have a few friends who are moving to Santiago in a month! I will tell them to be on the look out. My husband is obsessed with street art. Ever been to Montevideo, Uruguay by chance? Hopefully I will see some great art there. I am moving there in 9 days! I can’t wait!

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    • Yes, Santiago has some fabulous street art!! Having loads of fun walking around trying to photograph it all. Haven´t been to Uruguay yet, best of luck for your move!! How long are you planning on living there?

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