What is Oaxaca Cheese?

If you just stumbled onto this article searching for some food articles you may be asking yourself what the heck Oaxaca cheese is. If you know what Oaxaca cheese is and are asking yourself the question “where do I find Oaxaca cheese?”  Fear not because I will share with you the answers. For now, let’s start with the basics…

What Is Oaxaca Cheese

Cheese lovers will rejoice over the mild and buttery flavor of Oaxaca cheese.  Although you will probably never see it being paired with wine, it is considered an artisanal cheese.  It gets its name from the region of Mexico where it originated.

It does not hit you as strongly as say a brie or a sharp cheddar and it is more akin to Mozzarella which makes it great for use in baked goods, for quesadillas and empanadas.  It has a stringy texture which makes it a perfect topping for the traditional Oaxacan dish known as Tlayuda.

The History of Oaxaca Cheese

The reason Oaxaca cheese has such a mild flavor is because it is a cheese that is made from cow milk.  The form of Oaxaca cheese that is most popular now is credited to Dominican monks who settled in the region of Oaxaca a long time ago.  The monks would typically make cheese from goat’s milk which would lend a stronger and more pungent flavor but when they arrived in Oaxaca and found that there was no goat’s milk readily available, they had to improvise.

What is Oaxaca Cheese?

What is Oaxaca Cheese?

The monks used cow’s milk and combined it with a method of cheese-making that is very similar to the process used to make Mozzarella from Italy.  Thus, Oaxaca cheese was born and implemented in many traditional Oaxacan dishes.  Since then it has become one of the most popular cheeses in Latin countries and is becoming increasingly popular with Anglos as well.

The Process

Oaxaca cheese is a curd cheese and it is kneaded and then stretched to give it its stringy consistency.  After it is stretched, it is usually wound up in a ball shape for packaging.  There is also a form of Oaxaca cheese called asadero and this incarnation of the dairy product comes in the form of a brick.

Asadero cheese is usually intended for slicing but it is made with the same ingredients as traditional Oaxaca cheese.  Oaxaca cheese whether in its brick or ball shape however will always be the same color; white.  Not pure white mind you but a very light, off-white.  It will also always be semi-soft.

Where to Get Oaxaca Cheese

Unfortunately you can’t just waltz into the national chain grocery store down the street and expect to find Oaxaca cheese. Unfortunately, the most readily available source of Oaxaca cheese is online.  There are very reputable sites where you can order authentic Oaxaca cheese such as MexGrocer.com and FoodServiceDirect.com.

For the freshest Oaxaca cheese you are going to have to do some digging.  Hopefully you live in a state with a fairly large Latin community because if you do, you can bet there will be a local Mercado that sells fresh Oaxaca cheese.  If you are south of the border you can also try a lecheria to get your fill of Oaxaca cheese.

Day of the Dead in Albuquerque New Mexico

Day of the Dead in Albuquerque New Mexico, how is it?

Should you find yourself in Albuquerque New Mexico in between Halloween and the early days of November you may see some peculiar sites.  Women in brightly colored, long flowing dresses with their faces painted like a skeleton dancing through the streets. Skulls crafted from sugar and painted to look more lively than a skull should ever hope to look.

Alters erected on the street and signs reading “Silence is Death” and “Reclamando Nuestra Querencia” in the style of street art.  It is the Day of the Dead in Albuquerque New Mexico.  Consider yourself lucky to be in this southwestern city of the United States at this particular time in the fall because Albuquerque hosts one of the most elaborate and culturally relevant celebrations of the Day of the Dead in the country.

Day of the Dead in Albuquerque New Mexico

Obviously, the Mexican contingent is alive, well and is represented in great numbers in the state of New Mexico and the Hispanic population goes in this southwestern city go to great lengths and take much pride in throwing one of the most elaborate and thrilling day of the dead celebrations in the country.

The main attraction is the day of the dead parade which is also known as the Marigold Parade.  If you catch a glimpse of this celebration you will see people of all ages marching through the main streets of Albuquerque holding up photographs of loved ones who have passed.

The spirit of the festival is to celebrate and reflect upon the cycle of life.  It is not to glorify death but to acknowledge it as a natural part of our human existence.  Día de los Muertos is also a very important time of the year for Hispanic people because it is the time to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones.  During this festival, the spirits of passed loved ones are invited to be a part of the family unit once again.

Day of the Dead In Albuquerque New Mexico

Day of the Dead In Albuquerque New Mexico

Cultural Icon

The Day of the Dead in Albuquerque New Mexico moved beyond the traditional incarnations of the holiday (although the traditional rites and means of celebration are in no way done away with) to become something of a cultural icon.

People from all over the country descend on Albuquerque in the fall to witness this spectacle for themselves.  Local organizations have been formed and committees have been dedicated to funding, promoting and organizing the Day of the Dead in Albuquerque New Mexico.

Local artists are invited to submit their creations and compete to have their work featured on posters, t-shirts promotional items and in the parade itself.  There is a theme that is selected every year that range from political calls to action to reflective mottos on Hispanic culture to coincide with the traditional themes of the holiday.  Local musicians and bands perform for the crowd, playing contemporary songs and ones that hearken to the meaning of this holiday which is meant to be at once somber and lively.

The Día de los Muertos parade and celebration continues to be focused on community and culture. Hispanics are not the only ones in attendance either; people from all walks of life enjoy taking part of this important festival.  Día de los Muertos is a very unique time so should you be in Albuquerque around October 31st, be sure to take in all of the sites and participate in this rich cultural tradition.

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Visiting Oaxaca Mexico

Visiting Oaxaca Mexico will take you to one of the more confounding cities in the country.  It is the capital city of one of Mexico’s most impoverished states but you wouldn’t really know it if you were placed in the heart of Oaxaca and never ventured beyond the city limits. It is naturally and architecturally beautiful but that is only half of its story. In truth, Oaxaca is not just a site to see but it was the center of hot political action and still remains a place where intellectuals gather and where revolutions of the past still tinge the air.

If you are visiting Oaxaca, Mexico you have the daunting task of seeing and experiencing everything it has to offer in a limited amount of time but hopefully, I will be able to help with that…

While Visiting Oaxaca Mexico Taste the Food

At this point,  you should just assume that 99% of my articles are going to involve food.  Among the most enjoyable things to do in Oaxaca Mexico is to take advantage of the sumptuous cuisine.  If you are like me and enjoy dining outdoors, there is an excellent brunch/breakfast spot called Casa Oaxaca Café where you can enjoy freshly squeezed juices, Mexican omelets and chilaquiles in the open air courtyard under the fine Mexican sun.

Oaxaca is known as “the land of 7 moles” because quite simply, they make some of the best mole you will ever try.  You can find mole dishes in almost every restaurant that serves lunch or dinner in Oaxaca.

Enjoy Art

Oaxaca is well-known for its street art which can be seen on the adobe and concrete walls all throughout the town but it has made such an impact on the local artist scene that there are now proper galleries devoted to graffiti and street art.  One of these galleries is called the Espacio Zapata.  You can also catch poetry and essay readings at this same venue as well as take part in a workshop.

Visiting Oaxaca Mexico

Visiting Oaxaca Mexico

Attend the Festivals

Oaxaca has some of the most vibrant and colorful Day of the Dead festivals in Mexico.  If at all possible you should plan to be in Oaxaca in November when the Día de los Muertos is in full swing and colorful alters, and painted skulls can be seen all throughout the city.

July is also a nice time to go to Oaxaca because the Guelaguetza festival brings traditional dancers to the town in a lively celebration of culture and art.

Visit the Sites

Among the most popular Oaxaca Mexico attractions are all the excellent photo ops that can be taken advantage of in the region. First of all, Oaxaca is home to some of the most unique and artful Baroque cathedrals in all of Mexico.

Should you find yourself in Oaxaca be sure to devote some time to check out Santo Domingo De Guzmán which is one of the most outlandishly devised examples of Latin architecture.  Like many cities in Mexico, Oaxaca has some great ruins to look at but unlike other cities, Oaxaca’s ruins are not Aztec or Mayan influenced.  You will see astronomically correct pyramids and arenas among the ruins in Oaxaca.

Get Lost in the Nightlife

We love our nightlife, don’t we?  The answer is yes we do and Oaxaca is a great locale for taking in a night of Mescal and dance. Café Central is a great place to cut loose on the dance floor, enjoy the local spirit (Mescal) and even enjoy some late night munchies all in the same place.

The History of Bolero

The history of Bolero can really only begin to be summed up by acknowledging that there are actually 2 countries that can be credited for creating the Bolero style of dance and music.  Some automatically think of Spanish bolero history when they think of the origins of Bolero and while they are not wrong in making this assumption, they leave the picture incomplete.

One must also look to Cuba when speaking of the history of Bolero as this Caribbean country played just as much a role in the development and popularization of Bolero dance and music as did Spain.

The History of Bolero Dance

The development of Bolero dance in Spain comes from a fusion of different kinds of dances.  It grew from the need to have a dance that could be performed at common shows and not just special celebrations.  In fact, every province of Spain had their own unique form of dance and Bolero emerged as the unifying dance for them all that could be performed at any time.

Some assert that they can actually pinpoint the man responsible for creating this unifying dance that would become Bolero and the year in which it was created. The man’s name is Sebastiano Carezo and the year was 1780.

Bolero is also sometimes called Goyescas thanks to the man who helped popularize and immortalize the dance in his paintings; the Spanish artist Francisco Goya.  He created a few very famous paintings that depicted dancers of the Bolero as they engaged in their movements.

The History of Bolero

The History of Bolero

During the early days of Bolero, many Italian dance troupes were performing in Spain.  It is in this time that Bolero dance, originally intended for a couple was adapted for grander theatres and more ballet-like steps were incorporated to eliminate the need for improvisation on the part of the dancers.

Through the establishment of various schools that specifically taught the dance in Spain, Bolero became more organized and uniform to the sultry and passionate incarnation that we know it to be today.

The History of Bolero Music

While the history of Bolero music can be traced to Spain where it was a ¾ metered genre that was accompanied by castanets and guitars and occasionally with vocals, what we know Bolero to be today comes by way of Cuba and the Caribbean.

As Bolero gained more popularity in Europe it was exported to the island nation of Cuba where musicians sped the tempo to a 2/4 meter and incorporated Caribbean rhythm and percussion that were essentially African in nature.

There is evidence that comes in the form of newspaper articles of Bolero music being present in Cuba as early as 1792 and a Cuban musician named Pepe Sánchez is credited as writing one of the earliest trova style Bolero numbers in the country.

With the diminishment of Tango as the most popular Latin music, Bolero spread from Spain and Cuba and captured the ears and hearts of people all over the world.

The images we conjure up in our minds of two lovers, deeply entwined in an intricate yet heated dance when we think of Bolero are the results of both Spanish and Cuban efforts.

Artists, musicians and of course dancers all had a prominent role to play in the history of Bolero as it is a form of expression that spans art forms and ignites the senses in a way that few other brands of creativity can. For more information on traditional Hispanic music take a look at the article Hispanic Singers and Musicians.

Hispanic Heritage Month Fun Facts

Now is the time of year dedicated to reflecting on our Hispanic heritage even as we are living here in the States.  It would seem that everyone has their own way of celebrating Hispanic Heritage month which is the beauty of it all: everyone makes it their own. So this is how I celebrate as a writer; by bringing you some Hispanic Heritage month fun facts.  Let’s get things started at the beginning.

Hispanic Heritage Month Fun Facts

The Reason for the Date

The countries of Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala all have something in common: they all share the same independence anniversary date.  What date might that be?  You guessed it, September 15th the day that Hispanic Heritage month kicks off here in the States.

The Origins of the Hispanic Term

There has been a decent amount of web space dedicated to attempting to clarify the whole Hispanic vs. Latino debate but what many people don’t know are the deep down roots of the word ‘Hispanic.’  Originally (going back further than even the P.C. police were concerned) the term Hispania was used to refer to people from Portugal and Spain only.

Early Colonization

Everybody thinks of Plymouth Rock as the birthplace of American colonization but few people know that there are a couple cities in the United States that were founded way before the pilgrims landed on the East Coast. Santa Fe, New Mexico and St. Augustine, Florida were both founded, Hispanic cities before Plymouth, Massachusetts was settled.  Here you can test a bit of your Hispanic history knowledge.

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

You have probably heard of the Mexican-American war of the 1800’s and you have probably even heard of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that resulted from the conflict but do you know how much the States agreed to pay for California, Texas and New Mexico for?  Approximately 15 million dollars.  What a deal!

Hispanic Heritage Month Fun Facts

Hispanic Heritage Month Fun Facts

The Unsolved Death of Oscar Zeta Acosta

Oscar Zeta Acosta was a lawyer, novelist and prominent figure in the Chicano movement of the 70’s but there is still mystery surrounding his disappearance and death.  His body was never found but he is believed to have been assassinated at some time during a trip to Mazatlán, Mexico.

Good Blood

Type O blood is the blood type that is most sought out by hospitals and guess which ethnic group has the most of it?  That’s right, Hispanics. It is estimated that type O blood runs through the veins of 60% of the Hispanic population.

Language

Did you know that Spanish is the 2nd most commonly spoken language in the world?  There are over 300 million native Spanish speakers in the world and that is just ahead of English speakers but Chinese still dominates in terms of how many people speak it as their native language.

Spanish Longevity

While there is some speculation it is generally accepted that Spaniards have been established in Europe in some form or another longer than any other European ethnic group.

I sincerely hope you enjoyed these Hispanic Heritage month fun facts and as you engage in various kinds of Hispanic culture traditions in the coming weeks, take some time to observe our rich history and learn something you never knew about us. Hopefully this was a good start.

10 Things Not to Do in Cuba

Here are the 10 things not to do in Cuba if you are traveling there.  While diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba have thawed in the last year and leisurely travel is much easier for Americans now, there are some things you should educate yourself on if in fact you are planning a trip to the island nation.  We have already talked about traveling to Cuba and what to do once you are there, but it is equally important to know what not to do.

10 Things Not to Do in Cuba

Don’t Spit

There are a handful of cultural differences between the U.S. and Cuba that can make your trip tense and awkward.  Spitting and blowing your nose in public are considered rude in Cuba.

Don’t Badmouth Castro

While the communist hold in Cuba seems to be waning every day, Fidel Castro is engrained in the history of the nation and is still seen as a hero in the civilian’s eyes.  Just like it is not a good idea to talk politics at the dinner table in America, it would be best to avoid the subject in Cuba as well.

Don’t Forget to Keep Some Pesos With You

Although the American dollar is accepted in Cuba, there are certain things that you can only pay for in Pesos such as the airport departure tax.  This tax may not apply to your airline but it is always a good idea to keep some Pesos with you no matter what.

Don’t Fall for Local Tricks

The Cuban economy is not the most stable so its locals often try to trick tourists into giving them money.  They tell sob-stories or unsolicited guide services and giving into one of them may be enough to make you a mark for all of them.

Don’t Over-Tip

Yes the Cuban economy is not that great but the people still have dignity. It is considered rude to over-tip and makes the locals feel like you are just another fat cat American throwing money around even if you have the best intentions.

10 Things Not To Do In Cuba

10 Things Not To Do In Cuba

Don’t Call Attention to Yourself

Wearing gaudy jewelry, being excessively loud and spending lots of money in a very public way are to be avoided in Cuba where engaging in such acts will only make you a target for thieves and scammers.

Don’t Take Pictures of the Police or Military

This is actually a crime in Cuba and you may be arrested as a spy if you take pictures of armed guards, police, military personnel or even airport security.

Don’t Stay at A Resort

This is really more of a preference but why not experience the real Cuba as opposed to one that is sheltered and made to be as much like The States as possible.

Don’t Drink the Water

Montezuma’s revenge is a real thing even in Cuba and you can get very sick if you drink tap water.  Stick with bottled water on your visit instead.

Don’t Bring Traveler’s Checks

Traveler’s checks as well as some credit cards issued by American banks are not accepted in Cuba.

What to Expect in Cuba

While all this sounds like a lot you must avoid don’t for a minute think that you can’t still have a great time in Cuba. bYou can feel very safe in Cuba because the crime rate is very low and as long as you are not a complete idiot with your money, you will never encounter a street-hood or run into a bad situation.

Cuba has much to offer in culture with their numerous museums and architecture, great food, awesome Jazz and music clubs and of course, fine Cuban cigars so take this list of 10 things not to do in Cuba not as a guide of restrictions but as a way to successfully navigate the country and to find the many things there are to be enjoyed there.

Puerto Rican Culture

The more I researched Puerto Rican culture and attempted to make myself more privy to it, the more I got the feeling that it mirrored the way in which the American cultures was cultivated. In no way am I asserting that American and Puerto Rican culture are one in the same rather the manner in which each culture took shape are closely related. Puerto Rican culture came about as a conglomeration of foreign influences just like the culture present here in the states.

At a glance, there is very little that binds Puerto Rican and American culture other than the fact that Puerto Rico is an American territory and English is a prominent language on the Caribbean island but the more I learned, the more I found that the evolution of Puerto Rican culture is a strong parallel to American culture.

Location

One of the most important factors that shape any culture in the world is geography and Puerto Rico draws its cultural influences from one of the most unique geographical placements in the world: the Caribbean.

The reason the Caribbean is so unique is its proximity to both Africa and South America.  If you read through the history of Puerto Rico, you will know that it was conquered by the Spanish who found the indigenous Taino Indians.

The echoes of the Taino can still be heard in Puerto Rican culture even in music as a traditional Taino instrument called the guiro is still used in Puerto Rican music but the Spanish brought language and Catholicism which are both very much engrained in every day Puerto Rican life. The Spanish also imported Africans to the island and the African influence can definitely be seen and heard in Puerto Rican through bomba music and dance.

More recently, Puerto Rico’s location has made it a locale for Cuban refugees fleeing from Fidel Castro’s communist regime and Dominican Republic expatriates who came to Puerto Rico seeking a better life and more economical opportunities.  All of these influences shape the Puerto Rican culture with regards to food and integration.

Puerto Rican Culture

Puerto Rican Culture

Food

At this point you can probably just assume that any article on this site will involve the discussion of food in some way shape or form and I would be remiss to write an article about Puerto Rican culture that did not touch on the food.  For any culture in the world, cuisine stands as a distinguishing factor and a representation of the spirit of a nation, the fruition of a people’s efforts and the nature of their land.  Puerto Rico is no different.

Since Puerto Rico is essentially a tropical island, it grows lots of tropical fruit such as plantains, coconuts and papaya which all make their mark in traditional Puerto Rican dishes.

Chicken Adobo is a common dish as are a variety of exotic stews.  The influence that is most prominent in Puerto Rican fare comes from Spain but many Caribbean spices are also contributors to the flavors of the island.

Differences

Puerto Rican culture differentiates itself from other Hispanic nations thanks to its location and long history.  While African factors played no part in the development of other Latin countries, it was very crucial to the evolution of Puerto Rican culture. The fact that Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island also gives the whole vibe there a more tropical and exotic feel.

Linking Parallels

In many ways, Puerto Rican culture is the result of an amalgamation of foreign cultures. Doesn’t that sound familiar? Isn’t that how America formed and continues to form its culture as well?  That is what struck me the most when preparing to write this article; Puerto Rican culture can almost be seen as a microcosm of American culture. It draws from historical events, foreign contributors and is marked by the acceptance of such foreign cultures.

In any case, Puerto Rican culture which you can read more about in the article Christmas in Puerto Rico, stands as an example of how diversities are not something to be shunned but celebrated and of how the work of the entire globe can form a unique culture.

 

5 Reasons Every Man Should Date A Latina

I have already talked about why Latinas like to marry Gringo men but now let’s flip the tables and talk about the many benefits that come with dating a Latina.

It was pretty hard to narrow the list down but I think I have distilled the field into the best 5 reasons why every man should date a Latina.  Mind you we are not talking about marriage necessarily but I feel it incumbent upon me to implore the men of the world, Hispanic or otherwise to at least date a Latina once in their lives.  So let’s get started.

5 Reasons Every Man Should Date A Latina

Femininity

I have come across a lot of Anglo women who for some reason or another choose to suppress their femininity and to be cruelly honest, it seems neurotic.  Why deny biological roles?  This by and large is not a neurosis that Latina women are prone to.  They embrace their femininity which honestly makes a man feel like a man.  They wear dresses, heels and accentuate their glorious bodily gifts as opposed to hiding them away in some sort of misguided protest against the establishment.

Food

I ask you again; did you really think we weren’t going to talk about food here?  Mexican and really any Hispanic cuisine is delicious.  I’m sorry but there’s just no denying it and while not all Latinas learn how to cook (I know it’s a crying shame) you will most likely be privy to some one of a kind home cooking if you are dating a Latina.

5 Reasons Every Man Should Date A Latina

5 Reasons Every Man Should Date A Latina

Spirit

Have you ever dated a woman that was timid, shy or didn’t like to hang out with your friends?  I have and it puts a strain on the relationship when you feel like you have to tend to them at social gatherings and that they are attached to your hip.

Latina women are confident and outgoing and while this can sometimes work to their disadvantage it is nice to know that you will not have to coddle your significant other at every turn.

Family

This is something I have witnessed firsthand when my sister married a Jewish man: if the family is accepting of you then you will earn a support system that is fiercely loyal and nurturing.  My mother loves my brother-in-law as we all do and he has the benefit of adding strong men and maternal women to his family.

Fun

Having dated Latina women I can say that one of the best things about it, to me at least is the amount of fun you can have with them.  Latina women are spirited.  They like to go out.  They can be restless which again, can work to their detriment but is more often than not, energy put to good use.  Whether you are hitting the town or spending the night in Latina women have a way of making everything more lively.

I have been asked how it is dating a Latina woman and the truth is, like every other type of woman, you take the good with the bad.

Latinas are strong, opinionated and incredibly devoted and any of those traits when taken to the extreme can be dangerous.  Still, if you are lucky enough to find a Latina who can temper those attributes, do your best to hold onto her as she will surely add to the quality of your life and that is why every man should date a Latina.

Coca and Andean Culture

How is it that coca and Andean culture are so intertwined?  There is somewhat of a complicated relationship between coca leaf chewing and the rest of the world but in Bolivia and many other South American countries, there is no complication.  While the U.S. may take issue with the practice of coca leaf chewing and the coca leaf chewing effect, the reality is that it is an integral part of Andean culture and has helped shaped many South American countries.

Effect

To understand how coca leaf chewing has ingrained itself in Andean culture you must understand what the practice is and what it does.

Coca leaves release a mild stimulant similar to the buzz you get from caffeine. Placing the leaf on the inside of your cheek (you aren’t supposed to actually chew the leaf) and combining it with a bicarbonate powder activates this stimulating effect.  The practice actually helps with the digestive process, acts as an appetite suppressant (which may or may not be a good thing) provides something of a boost of energy and even has anesthetic properties.

Coca and Andean Culture

Coca and Andean Culture

Uses

Because chewing coca leaves does so much it has been used in many different ways.  First of all it has been used for many many centuries.  The first evidence of coca leaf chewing in fact dates to prehistoric times.  Back then the practice was more akin to religious rites and closely tied with tribal myths. The coca leaf became a sacred plant and symbol in ancient times and would often be used as a sacrifice to ancient gods.

Today however the uses of coca leaves are much broader.  Workers use it to power them through the day and there are even coca breaks in the normal Bolivian work day similar to coffee breaks here in the U.S.

Coca leaf chewing has certainly made its way into the social culture of Bolivia where parties and gatherings often include coca leaves being passed around for members to share.  Coca leaves are often given as gifts as well and it is very common practice for a young family to build a coca garden on their property where they can grow the plant.

Still there are many coca leaf myths and the plant is still very much associated with mystical rites and tribal religions.  Coca leaves are chewed and predictions of the future are made.  It is used to bless a person and to protect him or her from curses.  It is also still offered up as a sacrifice to appease the gods.

Coca and Andean Culture – Varying Roles

Cocoa and Andean culture, which you can read more about in the article Festival Virgin de la Candalaria are inexorably tied but you also must understand that its usage varies a lot depending on where you go and who you interact with.  For example in some small villages, the leaf is so important that it is actually used as currency.

By and large however, if you visit Bolivia you will more than likely see people on the streets with leaves in their mouths and these people are using the plant for its most popular purpose: a mild stimulant.  In terms of usage it is no different than how we Americans order a cup of coffee or slam an energy drink to give us a boost.

The difference is that the coca leaf is a much more important aspect of Andean culture than coffee and energy drinks are for us.  It represents their history, heritage and even acts as a symbol for the working class.  There is no sordidness about chewing coca in Andean culture nor should there be anywhere else.

24 Hours in Santiago Chile

Your travel itinerary for South America is probably jam packed but if you are going to pass through Santiago, Chile you should really take some time to see the sites. But what if you only have 24 hours in Santiago Chile? A lot of people simply pass through Santiago on their way to other locales and that is fine because below is the ultimate guide for making the most of 24 hours in Santiago Chile.

Eating  While Enjoying 24 Hours in Santiago Chile

Let’s go in chronological order. Let’s assume that you arrive in Santiago sometime in the morning and what is the first thing you are going to want to do in the A.M. hours in Santiago? What else? Eat! Santiago is home to some of the most unique cuisine in the world so start your24 hours in Santiago Chile the right way by fueling yourself for the rest of the day with authentic Chilean cuisine.

A Completo may make you feel more at home because it is essentially a burger or hotdog Chilean style. Topped with avocado and mayonnaise a Completo is sure to get you ready for your big day out. You can also go more authentic with a Pastel de Choclo which is a hearty dish of meat and vegetables covered with something similar to the crust of a pot pie.

Enjoy the Weather

Now that you are all fueled up, segue into the afternoon by enjoying the amazing Santiago weather and visiting the Santiago Sculpture Park. This is an open air exhibit located in a beautiful stretch along the Mapocho River featuring many unique and inspiring sculptures from renowned Chilean artists. While you are strolling in the sunshine, try some Chilean Helado (ice cream) to refresh you.

24 Hours In Santiago Chile

24 Hours In Santiago Chile

While the gorgeous Chilean sun is waning you may want to check out one of Santiago’s world famous wineries. Taste some wine and toast your day in Santiago as the warm twilight showers you and heralds in the night.

Party

If you have been following this blog you probably know 2 things to be true: we love food and we love night life. No 24 hours in Santiago Chile is complete without a taste of its nightlife. You can kick off the night with a trip to The Black Rock Pub where you can try some home-brewed Chilean beers like Kross and Prima.

Once you are feeling loose you may want to hit up one of Santiago’s Salsa clubs where you can see professionals exhibit their flavorful art form and get in on the fun for yourself. There are tons of live salsa bands playing on any given night in Santiago so just follow your ears through the night streets. Again for the music lovers, you will be happy to know that Santiago has a great Jazz scene so that means plenty of hip clubs to choose from. One of the most famous is Club de Jazz but if you are looking for a more low key night of music check out The Jazz Corner or Bar Grez.

Finally, if its not to late one of the best places to go in Santiago Chile is near the coast. Santiago is not far from the Pacific and that means super-fresh seafood. Cap off your day in Santiago with some great sushi or a classic Chilean seafood stew which prominently features crab legs and tasty vegetables.

There is really so much more to do in Santiago that it really warrants a good long visit so for more information on what to do in Santiago, check out Easter Island Chile.