A man sits with his son while enjoying the view of the Andes Mountains Range at the San Cristobal Hill in Santiago de Chile. (REUTERS/Minh Nguyen)
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The city of Santiago, tucked under the towering Andes, cut off in the north by the world's driest desert and in the south by frigid Patagonia, has long languished at the end of Latin America, as if forgotten.Bohemian neighborhoods, museums, leafy parks and a thriving nightlife are transforming Santiago, which residents had nicknamed "Santiasco," a pun on the Spanish word "asco," or disgust, due to its pollution.Still, Santiago is not yet Buenos Aires -- and don't you dare compare the two in front of a Chilean -- but it is putting itself on the map like never before.The following are some tips from Reuters for getting the most out of a trip to Santiago.Decompress with a stroll around the charmingly rundown houses of the Brasil neighborhood, once Santiago's chic area.Take advantage of Santiago's proximity to both the beach and the mountains -- both under two hours -- to escape the urban jungle.Consider skiing the Andean peaks that surround Santiago.
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