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Area in Santiago

This barrio within a barrio, roughly bordered by Recoleta, Loreto, Bellavista and Dominica streets, is the heart of Santiago's immigrant communities, particularly Koreans, Chinese and Arabs. The colorful, slightly rundown blocks are lined with antique buildings and illuminated by neon signs; a soundtrack of cumbia always seems to keep the beat in the background.

Come to poke around the bare-bones ethnic supermarkets, feast on street food, or wander through the clothing market to watch the locals haggling over dresses and Chinese slippers.


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