Santiago Neighborhoods with Cultura Mapocho
Unlike many other major South American cities, there is little old architecture left in Santiago. This is partially a result of Chile’s fierce seismic episodes—the strongest earthquake in recorded history struck Valdivia in 1960—but at the same time, many central neighborhoods have simply been built over since the city’s 1541 founding. In recent years, however, citizens’ groups, have sounded the alarm about the negative impact of uncontrolled development and have begun to offer neighborhood walking tours to place focus on the remaining landmark structures from the colonial and subsequent historical periods. The community organization Cultura Mapocho was a pioneer in educating the neighborhoods on the issue of overdevelopment, and has garnered so much respect it now trains official government tour guides to lead its popular walking tours. Check the website for their next event—there’s usually at least one a month—and join other locals and visitors to discover the history of an old city that is getting some new respect.
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