So, after a rather quick encounter with Ms. ArgentinaI blitzed through Chile to check things out on the ground. I had heard a lot about Chile before going, especially about the growing economy, business friendly environment, and strong investment climate.
This is the center of life in Chile. The city itself I felt was somewhat unremarkable. I was not attracted. It was not particularly beautiful, it has poor air quality with pollution, it has little eye-catching architecture. I ended up staying in the rather Bohemian district of Bellavista.
Valparaiso is an old coastal port designated as a Unesco World Heritage site and has a really unique feel to it. Chile is not cheap, and thus is not a good choice for base-lining entrepreneurs. My hostel had 8 Mbps download velocity. And you know why internet speed is important. It was great to have a reliably fast connection.
Word on the street was that you could get some faster connections in apartments as well. There are loads of opportunities for legit startups i. Because they invite people to bring their startups to Chile, there is a community of young entrepreneurs from all over the world there building their startups.
Big opportunity for smart RE investors as Chile gets wealthier and more people move to Santiago away from Argentina for opportunities. Of course, you will need to speak Spanish in order to really find your RE niche here.
Northern Chile is a complete and utter desert with sand as far as the eye can see, which leads to incredibly boring bus rides, and Arica is the driest city on the planet. However, if you are a younger laptop-bootstrapper who wants pretty girls and low to medium-low cost of living, forget it.
Why i came to this Speed dating viña del mar Santiago has an air quality problem that can be known by any visitor… Anyone can go to Santiago and experience it for themselves. Anyone can see the smog over the city. And anyone can literally taste the difference of what they find in Santiago vs say, the clean mountain air of Mendoza.
Air is polluted, like in any big city, but smog problems a toxic quantity appears only in winter, because of some ventilation shit. And also is a visual thing, you have the andes as background and Speed dating viña del mar is a big contrast between smog and that mountains… But anyway man, The air quality is monitored everyday, and the indexes are fine, regular. While you are not wrong about the cost of living or the boring city life, Santiago does have lots of advantages in terms of safety, local entrepreneurial community thanks in no small part to Startup Chile and being well located to vast numbers of outdoor activities and nearby travel destinations.
From Santiago, you have access to skiing, snowboarding, mountain climbing, plus short trips to surfing in Pichilemu, volcano climbing in Pucon, hiking and natural springs in Cajon de Maipo, or the biological preserve in Huilo Huilo.
Its also easy to do weekend trips to Mendoza or even Buenos Aires by bus. Santiago also provides the most direct flights to major destinations like to Easter Island, San Pedro or Speed dating viña del mar del Paine in Patagonia. So while I did not fall in love with Santiago per se, I did enjoy the opportunity to see of the most amazing places in South America while I was there.
Here are some quick notes: Santiago This is the center of life in Chile. Summer Nov-March is sunny during the day, but definitely jacket weather at night.
Cost of Living Chile is not cheap, and thus is not a good choice for base-lining entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship There are loads of opportunities for legit startups i. Real Estate Big opportunity for smart RE investors as Chile gets wealthier and more people move to Santiago away from Argentina for opportunities.