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About the guru Jaime
I am a 44-year-old freelancer, who has had the opportunity to travel around some parts of the world and I have known the Tip Based Walking Tour system, a medium that has caught my attention and I want to replicate it in my country, together with the kindness and hospitality that characterize the Chilean. About me, I am a nice guy, and I like being a good host with the visits... More »
I am a 44-year-old freelancer, who has had the opportunity to travel around some parts of the world and I have known the Tip Based Walking Tour system, a medium that has caught my attention and I want to replicate it in my country, together with the kindness and hospitality that characterize the Chilean. About me, I am a nice guy, and I like being a good host with the visits I receive from other places, which has allowed me to experience the possibility of presenting my city and its surroundings. As a result, I want to take advantage of this and be able to guide you through Chile, from north to south, from its beautiful beaches to its ancient glaciers.
About the tour
The Franklin - Matadero market was founded in 1847, as an initiative of the President of the time, Don Manuel Bulnes, with the purpose of organizing in better conditions the supply of meats to the city and its derived products.
In that same period, the housing perimeter was formed where the first “Conventillos” of the city were founded as a housing solution to the marginality and poverty that characterized the sector during the 19th century.
With the passing of the years, and at the beginning of the 20th century, there was a mutation of the sector, from being a remote and poor place in the center of the city destined for the residence of the most dispossessed people of Santiago, to become a thriving neighborhood commercially, with its own identity and cultural nature, which has urged it to be called “Living and Cultural Heritage of Santiago”.
This progress was reflected by the foundation in 1910 of the Huemul Neighborhood, with modern housing units, and high quality features never before seen in the homes of the early twentieth century for workers, such as the beams of fine wood, triangular nails and blocks of cement brought from England.
This tour invites you to discover the essence that characterizes the Franklin Matadero Market, to discover the history that precedes it and in search of the best flavors offered by its wide gastronomic market and, as special and characteristic as that, its immense flea market, which rivals in size and variety the best known in South America as the Santelmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires.
In the same way, tourists are invited to know their wide open-air artistic sectors, art galleries, artists and popular murals.
What will we visit?
1.- Historical Access to the Franklin Matadero Neighborhood, founded in 1847.
2.- Housing perimeter where the first “Conventillos” of the city were founded.
3.- Butchers, greengrocers and deli in the historic district.
4.- Barrio Huemul, founded in 1910 and its extensions to Huemul II and III.-
5.- Huemul Theater and Antigua Savings Bank.
6.- Matte Brothers School and Claudio Matte Square.
7.- Sector where the former “Cristalerias Chile” Glass Factory was located.
8.- Franklin Metro Access and brief history of its construction.
9.- Commercial warehouses of antiques, furniture and technology.
10.- “El Manchado” Restaurant, the oldest in the sector.
11.- Old Musalem Textile Factory, now transformed into a Museum and shopping center.
12.- Old Haunted Sanatorium.
13.- Victor Jara Intercommunal Park.
The tour will be done at an appropriate time, so that visitors have the opportunity to visit its wide gastronomic sectors with an infinite number of Chilean, Peruvian, Colombian, Thai, Arab restaurants, just to name a few.
You can also enter the aisles of each of the commercial sheds that make up this gigantic Flea Market, where you will find all kinds of products, such as from Antique Furniture, "Vinyl Vintages" to items from the First and Second World War.
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