Urban Jungle in Santiago de Chile

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Urban Jungle in Santiago de Chile
3 months ago

Santiago de Chile is a modern, bustling metropolis, home to around five and half million people. It's full of activity and traffic. Because of it it's not only the largest city in Chile, but also the most polluted.

That's why urban smog is common on most days in Santiago - especially in the colder months. That's why I didn't see much of the Andes and other mountain ridges near the city this May; you have better chances after some rainfall that clears the air for some days, but we hadn't any.

In a smog ridden city like that any green provided by parks and trees is extremely important and welcome. Santiago of course has green isles, most notably its cerros or hills that stand out among the urban cityscape.

One of it is the Cerro Santa Lucia, home to a church and lots of trees - and Isle of quiet beauty among the hectic streets.

Here two panos taken from Santa Lucia:

First one shows the "urban jungle" from a lower point of view on the hill:

The second one presents the view from top - note the haze and smog visible in the background; it was acceptably low this day:

I posted an almost aerial view of Cerro Santa Lucia in the second half of another post - if you're interested have a look here: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54308077

Phil

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