The symposium will be organized by the Center
for Web Research of the Dept. of
Computer Science of the University of
Chile in downtown Santiago. The symposium will take place in the Gorbea
Auditorium at the Third floor of Escuela de Ingeniería, Universidad
de Chile. Av. Beaucheff #850, Santiago.
Santiago, the capital of Chile, is an energetic city in the Maipo valley
and the foothills of the Andes mountains, with the Mapocho River crossing
it from east to west. The most remarkable thing about Santiago, with its
5 million inhabitants, is perhaps its diversity. It is a city with many
faces, great and varied changes, a social and political landscape that sometimes
takes us back to the colonial city it once was, and also well known for
excellent seafood and wine. The Pacific ocean, vineyards or ski resorts
are all at most 100kms away.
See also: Wikipedia page for Santiago.
Flickr pictures of Santiago.
You can find the common tourist advice on tourism websites like Contact
Chile, on their site, you can find information on things such as:
You can find a huge list of hotels in Santiago on chile-hotels.
in Santiago from Yahoo! Travel.
We've collected this list of hotels for reasonable prices (US$ 60-90
per night) in the main areas of the city:
Presidente, 4 stars, in Providencia
- Av. Eliodoro Yánez 867, Metro Salvador, Providencia
- Fono: 2358015
Panamericana Providencia, 4 stars, in Providencia
- Francisco Noguera 146, Metro Pedro de Valdivia, Providencia
- Fonos: 2349610 / 2349611
- Hotel Neruda,
5 stars, in Providencia
- Pedro de Valdivia 164, Metro Pedro de Valdivia, Providencia
Fono: (2) 679 0712
Fono: (2) 679 0700
Fono: (2) 679 0741
Santiago, 4 stars, in Providencia
- Av.Condell 40
Providencia - Santiago - RM
Fono: (2) 341 7575
Special Fare for our Events: US$105., Breakfast Included.
We have a set of 30 rooms available at this price until Sept 11th,
you need to mention code "spire 2007 - Univ de Chile".
Rio Bidasoa, 4 stars, in Vitacura
- Av. Vitacura 4873
- Fono: 2421525
Novotel, 4 stars, in Vitacura
- Av. Américo Vespucio Norte, Vitacura
- Fono: 4992200
Av.República 25, Metro República,
Closest to venue, 15-20 minutes walk.
Icludes Breakfast and Wifi.
Fono: (2) 696 0807 / (2) 671 8376
Single for CLP$ 21.000.- Plus 19% tax
Double for CLP$ 26.000.- Plus 19% tax
Triple for CLP$ 30.000.- Plus 19% tax
Cuadruple for CLP$ 33.000.- Plus 19% tax
A good friend of ours once stayed at Marilu's
B&B and thoroughly enjoyed it, but unfortunately we don't have
any other B&B's to recommend. Near Metro Salvador.
For more information, help and reservations for short
trips you can contact our travel agent, Sylvia Araya at
Santiago Landmarks and Museums
- Palacio de la
Moneda - holds the house of government, which you can walk
across alter a brief bagagge check, unless there’s an extraordinary
event that day.
- Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda
located under the plaza right in front of the palace, you can find a recently
opened (2005) art museum that also has a crafts shop with a large scale
map of Chile.
- Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
holds Chile’s visual art history, and is located in Parque
Forestal, a nice place to walk by. The rear part of this building
holds the Museum of Contemporary
Art. If coming northward through Parque Forestal, don’t
miss the ice creams at Emporio
- Museo de Arte Precolombino
major antrhopology museum, unmissable.
- Plaza de Armas, plaza where the city was born into
what it is nowdays, still has most of its colonial buildings, some in
great shape still, including the Cathedral, Post
Office and Museo
Histórico Nacional (National History Museum).
- Estación Mapocho
old train station with beautiful architecture now turned into cultural
- Paseo Ahumada, walkway where you can sit to look at
the flow of the city and many of its different characters.
- Vega Central, main vegetable and fruit market, bursting
in life, not recommended for weary folks.
- Cerro Santa Lucía, small hill in the heart of
downtown, has a fort on top. Good for overlooking the downtown of the
city if in a rush, sketchy when dark.
- Cerro San Cristóbal, the metropolitan park
is a large hill almost amidst the city, you can reach its top where virgin
mary guards the city. On clear days this view is amazing (this means when
smog allows). On weekends it will have lots of people jogging and cycling.
- La Chascona
what used to be Pablo Neruda’s home in Santiago, now one of his
museums, in Bellavista.
- Pueblito Los
Domínicos old monastery turned into craft shop gallery,
located at the foothills of the Andes, beautiful scenery on clear days.
Craft is great quality but not cheap.
- Parque Mahuida
one of the closest places to get a look of what nature used to be in the
Mapocho Valley, great for organizing a barbecue with friends, for hiking
or cycling, also has a restaurant. Not easy to reach on public transport.
This park is located in the lower mountains of the andes and overlooks
the whole city.
tour of Downtown Santiago.
You can find all kinds of food in Santiago, it is growing each year more
cosmopolitan in terms of food. Here are some of the major restaurant clusters:
- Barrio El Bosque/ El Golf (aka Sanhattan), this is
a modern part of town, here you can feel like in any modern city of the
world. The place is full of high-end restaurants, many focused on fish
and seafood, most places have their menus at the front door in Spanish
and English, so you can choose in a walk before making a choice. Chilean
Lobster is not to be missed, it comes from the
island of Robinson Crusoe. This area also has a huge wine store: El
Mundo del Vino.
- Barrio Bellavista, cute architecture, an area full
of bars, pubs and restaurants. Will get noisy on weekends. Check the places
in Constitucion street.
Ñuñoa in a residantial area of the city, Plaza
Ñuñoa will give you yet another face of the city, at the
center of the plaza is the Ñuñoa municipality building,
and around it, the pubs and restaurants. It also has the theater of Universidad
Catolica, with great quality plays, La Batuta with live rock every night.
[Walking tip] If you have a free day and want to take
a nice walk through a cute and silent residential area, we recommend walking
through García Moreno street in Ñuñoa, it starts
in Tobalaba, near Bilbao station (line 4), and you can walk your way up
to plaza ñuñoa for a refreshing beer, this walk should take
about an hour and you’ll see samples of architecture from different
decades, tip not on any tour guide ;-)
- Borde Río
modern food mall in Vitacura, not easy to reach but high end cuisine.
- Mercado Central,
fresh fish market, also has fish restaurants, beautiful old architecture,
very touristic area.
The subway is one of the city’s prides. Fast, clean and efficient,
its tracks have grown these last years to currently span most of the city.
Some of its stations have notable architecture, and on Line 1, most stations
have been decorated with local art. See Wikipedia
Of special note
- Estación Universidad de Chile, covered in wallpaintings
by Mario Toral, depicting the history of Chile.
- Estación La Moneda, contains a set of large
oil canvases by Guillermo Muñoz Vera portraying Chile’s landscape
Short trips from Santiago
del Maipo a mountaineous valley from Santiago upwards to
the Andes, the higher you reach, the more surreal the landscape is, and
the fewer urbanization you’ll find. Lower towns have cute countryside
food, great mid afternoon coffe and cake stops. Also some cabins, swimming
Natural El Morado, at the high end of Cajón del
Maipo, this is a strong three hour hike that will
leave you walking over a glacier, surrounded by breathtaking mountains,
if you’re into hiking and nature, this trip can make your whole
visit to Chile worthy. More
info, some pics.
Colina, at the very end of the road, these amazing hot
springs can be a real treat. You can camp here, or rent a room at
the town of Baños Morales, about an hour down the road. Pools
are very hot, best early morning or late afternoon.
this amazing port city is Human Patrimony according to Unesco. You’ve
probably heard about it, now don’t miss it. Has some great BnBs
and great restaurants inside its hills.
- La Sebastiana,
Neruda’s museum-house in Valparaíso, some of his amazing
collections and an unsurpassable view of the port from his bedroom.
del Mar, right next to Valparaíso, Viña is
a beautiful coastal city, more mellow and less extravagant than Valpo,
nice to know both on the same visit.
- Algarrobo, in a sector called Litoral Central, this
is a quiet summer-town with some nice colonial houses and very calm sea.
Good for relaxing unless it's Jan-Feb.
Negra also in Litoral Central, this corresponds to the most
amazing of Neruda’s museum-houses.
For more information, help and reservations for short trips you can contact
our travel agent, Sylvia Araya at