While living and working in Santiago I walked to and from work a lot. This gave me the opportunity to get to know Santiago and its tree lined streets. This is the route I walked daily from my hostel to work in the afternoons.
Plaza Camilo Mori is in the heart of the bohemian neighbourhood and just around the corner of my hostel. It is named after the well-known Chilean Painter whose house and studio stood here years ago. This huge red house known as Casa Rosa was built in 1923 and is being turned into a boutique hotel.
Bellavista Street runs through the heart of the bohemian neighbourhood of Santiago and architecturally offers a very interesting walk. This is also the area that is covered in beautiful street art.
Centro Cultural Montecarmelo is the primary cultural center of Bellavista district. It was formerly a convent which belonged to the nuns of Carmelitas de Santa Teresa in the 19th century. Today this beautifully renovated center conducts workshops and classes in photography, art, music and dance.
The Mapocho River runs through Santiago and is rarely full or even more than just a stream of water. I have seen it come roaring down only after heavy rains and is soon just a small stream again.
The most peaceful or relaxing part of my walk to work is through park de las Esculturas. This park was laid out after a massive flooding of the Mapocho River in 1982. It was a very creative response to the need to reinforce this area of the river shore. This narrow park has a bicycle path running all the way through it and a winding pedestrian walkway that I follow in the afternoons. There are a couple of statues and sculptures dotted around the park and lend to the peaceful atmosphere of the park. The park runs all the way along the river and offers views of the snow capped Andes on a rare clear day after it has rained.