Western and Southern Santiago comprises a variety of districts west and south of the downtown of Santiago de Chile. If you travel to the city by plane or train, here is where you will end up. One highlight of this part of Santiago is the Barrio Brasil neighborhood.
In addition to the westernmost third of Santiago downtown, the western part of the city is made up of the districts of Cerrillos, Maipú, Estación Central, Quinta Normal, Pudahuel, Lo Prado and Cerro Navia. The west of the city is mostly made up of rapidly growing residential areas. A few decades ago the old town of Maipu was separated from Santiago by agricultural land, now the stretch has been entirely urbanized. One of the main streets of western Santiago, Avenida Pajaritos, is a westward continuation of downtown's main avenue Alameda.
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