(See summary of questions at end if short on time:)
We are planning a trip to Sth America - flying into Santiago. We won't have a car but we will organise a guide (maybe in a small group) to help with city familiarisation & perhaps a day trip with a local guide as well. So we would like to stay in a central location - preferably walking distance to significant historic sites, museums, cafes, gardens? etc. We assume Santiago has "neighbourhoods" similar to other large cities so even if we do stay in a central location as described, are there any neighbourhoods that are interesting to visit using public transport??...interesting places with good food (maybe lunch) away from tourist crowds?? A third question - if we spent another 4 or so nights in Chile is there a "must see" destination 5 hours Max from Santiago?...preferably visited by coach, car (with a driver), or train, depending on cost etc. We would then fly out of Chile to another destination in Sth America. So in summary our questions are:
1) Best location in Santiago?? 2) Recommendations for a short day trip to a nearby city neighbourhood-good local food?? 3) Suggestions for a 3 or 4 night excursion (maybe by bus or car) 2-5 hrs from Santiago?
Thank you for taking the time to consider & hopefully answer our questions:)