“It’s not Michael Jackson”, image with Muzan of Demon Slayer goes viral

EFE Latam Videos

La Vega, the Santiago market that resists the global tourism trend

Santiago de Chile, Dec 29 (EFE) at a low price that later fill the shelves of businesses and homes throughout the city. The Mapocho River divides the two most emblematic markets of the Chilean capital, which function very differently: the Central Market, on the south bank, and the La Vega Market, on the north; one is full of seafood restaurants where tourists who visit the city go, while the other is dressed in pure bustle of merchants. Smells of cilantro, strawberries, fresh cheese… the network of corridors of the La Vega Central market is full of stalls offering all kinds of food, in an exchange of offers that dilutes Chilean traditions with products that people from all over Latin America have imported who migrated to the country. “We decided to turn around La Vega, without losing the traditional and the autochthonous, so as not to fall into the same position as other European markets, which have become something gastronomic,” explains the manager of La Vega Central, Manuel Caro, to EFE. . La Vega’s hallmark, says Caro, is its patio, where sellers and buyers meet among the flow of people and trucks: “We don’t want to lose our identity and become a mall” or shopping center, he says. Some 7,000 people work in the La Vega market, details the manager of the venue, to which are added the more than 45,000 customers who come to the stalls every day. THE TOURISTIC BROTHER The rhythm of La Vega contrasts with its older brother, the Central Market of Santiago, located 400 meters from the central Plaza de Armas; The restoration, designed for tourists, took up a good part of the space for years and now there are only a few fish and shellfish vendors in the exterior corridors of the building. “Before, in the Central Market you would find fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, shellfish, meat… it was the supply nucleus within the historic center of Santiago,” a translator for tourists, Luis Pezoa, who works at the site, told EFE. for 34 years for a restaurant that expanded to several locations. “Over time, the Central Market has become a gastronomic center,” explains the translator. The parenthesis of the covid-19 pandemic stopped the arrival of tourists and forced several restaurants to close; The businesses in the Central Market are gradually recovering their activity, says Pezoa, but the closed gates of several stores show that they are still far from the levels of 2019. STREET ECONOMY Prices in La Vega are, in the vast majority of cases, products, lower than in other parts of Santiago: “We make a difference with supermarkets, which increase prices; we are an index of measurement of the Chilean economy in terms of its growth”, remarks Manuel Caro. For example, in La Vega, cherries cost less than 1,000 pesos per kilo –equivalent to just over a dollar–, while in large stores the same product is five times that amount. The fame of La Vega has rooted the tradition of many vendors in the city of going to the venue every day to cover the offer of their businesses: “Here I have been buying wholesale products for 20 years, and I find everything,” he explained to EFE. the owner of a Santiago store, Álvaro Campos. The people who pass through La Vega know the faces they encounter daily, adds Campos, which makes for a trustworthy community. Before being interviewed by EFE, Campos helps the manager of a vegetable stand to dispatch several customers who were queuing up; they know each other, and he lends a hand: “Whenever someone can help you here, they will do it just like that,” he says. Iñaki Martínez Azpiroz (c) EFE Agency