If you are visiting Santiago, the Chilean capital, take sometime to use it’s underground metro. The Chilean government implemented the MetroArte project which consists of 33 art pieces spread over different terminals. Through them the Santiago Metro has acquired its own identity which in turn has earned a spot in the Lonely Planet (placing the Universidad de Chile Metro station as one of ten ‘must see’ stations to visit in the world). The Universidad de Chile station is an authentic museum which gives the feeling of being in an art gallery with works of different styles, from Soviet art to murals. The “Memoria Visual de una nación” mural is the work of national artist Mario Toral and reviews the history of Chile. In addition to the Universidad de Chile station, stop by the Santa Lucia station which features traditional Portuguese mosaics as well as The Parque Bustamante station which features the “Vida y Trabajo” (Life and Work) mural by renowned Chilean artist Alejandro González.
Source: Turismo Chile Newsletter.
Interested in tasting Chilean culinary heritage? Why not participate in the Festival del Huevo Azul an event that brings together visitors and the indigenous communities that seek to exhibit and protect this precious culinary heritage. The festival is held annually in the town of Río Negro, in the Osorno district. It is part of a Chilean Government project which aims to preserve the genes of the Mapuche chicken, which stands out amongst almost all other specimens by laying blue eggs. The festival stands out because during the event the world’s largest omelet is prepared with over 2,000 of these rare and exotic blue eggs. Prior to this an indigenous ceremony of praying and biodiversity protection is performed, accompanied by popular music.
The New York Times once again turns its attention to Chile’s tourist destinations. January 16th marks the 50th anniversary of the e legendary Torres del Paine! The 242-hectare park was created in May 1959 and is part of the National System of Protected Areas of the State of Chile. In 1978 it was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
If you travel to Torres del Paine we recommend doing the famous ‘W’ trek – chosen by Lonely Planet magazine as the best multi-day tour in the world, thanks to its spectacular views and for being one of the best ways to discover Chilean Patagonia.
The newspaper published an extensive report on the national park entitled: “Chilean Patagonia’s Peaks, Up Close“. Click-on the links to read more!