Santiago, Chile Report June 2006

Santiago, Chile is located in the majestic Andean Mountain Range which can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Due to its geographic location, Santiago is one of the few capital cities in the world which has easy access both to ski slopes, just 50 kilometers away and beaches 100 kilometers away. Numerous villages located in the countryside around Santiago invite the visitor to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of country life. There are also numerous vineyards in the countryside to sample delicious Chilean wines. We were excited to have been invited to judge at a couple of FCI shows sponsored by the Kennel Club of Chile and spend an additional week sightseeing.

The only negative aspect of the trip was the 14 hours of flying time and 6 hours spent transferring in Toronto and Atlanta. We were fortunate to have been bumped to 'business class' for the arduous 8 hour plus overnight segment from Atlanta to Santiago and enjoyed the added comfort, spacious fully reclining seats and 5 star service afforded us. We landed in Santiago at 7:30 am quite refreshed and were met by a driver who delivered us to a quaint hotel near the dog show location just outside of the city center. This quiet location would be our home for the first five days in Chile. We unpacked our bags and had a bit of shut eye till 2:00 pm when we would be picked up by a driver and translator for a tour of the downtown area in this Spanish speaking city.

Our tour began at the Santa Lucia Hill in the city important historic landmark. It was here, at the foot of this hill formerly known as the "Huelen", that the Spanish Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago on February 12th, 1541. He planned the city according to the traditional Spanish checkerboard layout which is still evident in the downtown area today. Next it was off to the Plaza de Armas with its colorful gardens where we had a quick bite to eat at an outdoor cafe overlooking the square. We toured the Metropolitan Cathedral, on the western side of the plaza, which stands on the same spot where the first church in Santiago was once built; to the north are three important buildings: the Post Office, the National Museum of History and the Town hall of Santiago.

Our walking tour continued over to Constitution Square and visit to the "Coin" Palace, a former mint now the centerpiece of many ministries of government including the Presidential offices. We then drove around to various areas of the city to view some of the local color in neighborhoods where various people live. It was then back to the hotel for a quick rest before being picked up by Dr. Eugenio Gonzalez, the President of the Kennel Club of Chili who would escort us around for the next few days. He took us to a great seafood restaurant where we enjoyed some of the local Chilean delicacies. Wendy had a 'Jaiva', shrimp and crab meat and Richard had the baked salmon. Chile is a world producer of Salmon. This of course was accompanied by the local favorite drink, 'Pisco Sour', a whiskey sour, followed by some tasty Chilean wine. Dinner is enjoyed much later in the evening than we generally eat in North America and it was after 11:30 pm when we left the restaurant. Sleep came easy after a great day.

Dog Shows

On Saturday and Sunday we judged a well run dog show organized by the Kennel Club of Chile. It was held in a covered gymnasium of the Seminario Pontifcio Menor with spacious rings with carpet for the dogs to run on. The show was held under FCI rules and CAC were awarded. They ran two separate shows simultaneously with Groups 1-4 being judged on Saturday and Groups 5-10 on Sunday. There were classes for Special Puppy (3-6 months), Puppy, Juniors, Intermediate, Open and Champions. Show Chairperson Sonnia Petrovich and her committee did an excellent job organizing the very successful event. We especially enjoyed the lunches prepared by Valeria Marques who prepared hot meals for us and the rest of the committee including a mouthwatering salmon dish on Sunday. As well as President, Dr. Gonzalez, hard at work keeping everything in order were Pamela Bias, Ximena Del Carmen, Alejandra Maulen, Paula Hidalgo, Alberto Vasquez, Claudio Salvo and Isabel Uribe.

Wendy awarded her Best In Show to



Richard awarded his Best In Show to



Complete results and photos for the shows can be found at


Each night after Best In show we were the guests of Dr. Eugenio Gonzalez for dinner. We sampled Argentinean beef at a superb restaurant called Don Carlos and Sunday we enjoyed pasta at a local Italian restaurant called Pizza des Nostra. Typical meals in Chile consist mainly of lots of meat, especially beef and chicken, rice and potatoes, fresh fruit and vegetables from the fields of Central Chile. Even though seafood could be the common daily meal in Chile with its 5.000 km long coast, it is not. But you will surely find a fresh seafood selection on every menu.

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