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Spotlight On Our Cities Around The World: Santiago


Our most popular recurring news item is back once again and this time it’s almost a straight flight southeast over the Pacific from our March spotlight in California, over the equator and into beautiful Chile!

Our depot is nestled in the nation’s capital of Santiago de Chile (just referred to as ‘Santiago’, though) where it is possible to ski the nearby Andes in the morning and be back on the beaches of the glittering Pacific in time to catch the afternoon sun. The city’s skyline offers a stunning mountain range backdrop against the second tallest building in the southern hemisphere - the Gran Torre Santiago.    

Sports fans are well-catered for as the Penn office neighbours the Hipodromo Chile on one side where you can take in horse racing and BBQ and the Santa Laura Stadium, home to seven-time Primera Division winners Uniòn Española football team on the other.

If neither of those are of interest, however, don’t worry, because the historic Parque Metropolitano is just down the road as well. This famous landmark is home to a national zoo, an observatory, a Japanese-style garden, two public pools, a funicular cableway and of course the famous Cerro San Cristóbal hill where at the summit stands the iconic statue of the Virgin Mary, visible from all over Santiago. It was here that Pope John Paul II visited in 1987, praying in the small chapel and blessed the city.