Chile's capital was founded in 1541 on the banks of the Mapocho river in the middle of the Central Valley. The independence in 1810 brought new found wealth to Chile. Leading the construction of several monumental works that were to completely transform the capital, the creation of extensive parks and gardens, a fine arts museum, and new bridges over the Mapocho river, were among the important works of this era. Today, it is one of the most modern and largest cities in South America and Chile's main commercial and business pole.
At the foot of the Andes Mountains the city stands 543 meters above sea level and 161 miles from sea. Approximately six million people live here, which is one third of the country's total population. Santiago, capital and largest city in Chile, is one of the most popular destinations in South America. A country filled to the brim with stunning landscapes, historical beauty, local charm and delectable foods, Chile is fast-becoming more than just a place to stop over.
Today, Santiago is a modern city with an exceedingly pleasant Mediterranean climate, abundant parks and plazas, and a public transportation system, the Metro. The areas of principal interest to visitors include the historic city center, the bohemian arts district of Bellavista and the modern attractive commercial centers of Las Condes and Vitacura.
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SIGIR 2015 will be held in the PUC Extension Center. The venue can host groups as large as 1000 participants, making it one of the largest facilities in Chile.
Located in the heart of Santiago de Chile, the center features ample, flexible space that can serve a very large conference as SIGIR, requiring many rooms, services and personnel.
The center is located at Av. Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 390, Santiago, CHILE, near the Universidad Católica Metro station.