However, it was refreshing to not feel the need to do such "must-do" museums or bars or events.
Instead, I was able to acquaint myself with Santiago with an insider's knowledge. Whilst, I could have been more productive, I enjoyed the break Santiago gave me after a whirlwind last month in Medellin. Instead, I enjoyed getting empanadas at Amadeus, wandering around Bellavista or enjoying the best ice-cream outside of Italy at Emporio La Rosa.
Leaving Medellin was never going to be easy especially when I found this Botero statue!
Amazing ice cream at Emporio La Rosa
Finally, real bread and cheese at La Jardin. The restaurant is in a greenhouse with lots of garden-based paraphernelia - highly recommended!
Some of the street art on offer in Santiago
I may have failed Santiago as a tourist but I fell hook, line and sinker in love with the place. Santiago, you haven't seen the last of me yet.
Have you ever been to a place and failed to do the touristy must-do activities?