Shalom Santiago 2 day tour
City tour of Santiago (combination of traditional and Jewish itinerary) – 2 days
Santiago de Chile is a city of contrasts with traces of its Colonial past mixed with the ultramodern, high-rise buildings of the financial center; Chile’s capital will surprise you. This tour offers you the opportunity to see this eclectic mix for yourself.
Get immersed in the beautiful experience of visiting the places where was born and happens the history of Jewish life in Chile.
During the tour we visit the most important places of Jewish life in Santiago de Chile, such as:
* In the old downtown area: Plaza de Armas (main square) with Catedral -Santa Lucia hill (where Santiago was founded in 1541 with a panoramic view of the city) - Government Palace -Commercial District
* Jewish Institutions: Community Center (Estadio Israelita) – Synagogue -Jewish Fire Station (Bomba Israel, the only one in South America with Jewish volunteers).
Visit to La Bomba Israel, the Jewish Fire Department in Santiago. Santiago’s Jewish history stretches back to the Spanish Conquest, but the community fully established itself in the early 1900s. The fire department, established in 1954 has a rich history and has received constant support from the Jewish community of Santiago.
You will visit afterwards the Museum of Memory & Human Rights in the cultural district of Matucana, where you will learn more about the Chilean history dedicated to the events which took place between 1973 and 1990 (Mondays closed). The Museum of Memory and Human Rights (in Spanish: Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos) is a Chilean museum located in Santiago, dedicated to commemorate the victims of human rights violations during the civic-military regime led by Augusto Pinochet between 1973 and 1990. It was inaugurated by former President Michelle Bachelet on January 11, 2010, which formed part of government works celebrating the bicentennial of Chile. In 2013, the Foundation Museo de la Memoria and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights signed an agreement to established a network of institutions dedicated to this theme. They plan to coordinate investigation, collaboration, and elaboration of human rights. The agreement will result in conferences and seminars held together, as well as interchange of officials, professional practices, research and publication.
The tour continues with a visit to the famous Central Market, which is the main market for fresh fish and seafood, an interesting building, dating back to the end of the 19th century: It is a steel construction, built in London and brought to Chile by ship. Afterwards, you continue the tour crossing the Mapocho River to reach the bohemian Bellavista district on the way to the San Cristóbal Hill. From one of the hill’s viewpoints, you will have the finest views of Santiago and the Andes Mountains.
To round off the tour, you will pass through the modern residential areas of the city with their daring architecture and, finally, the bustling Providencia shopping zone.