Published: July 18th 2012July 17th 2012
After our one delay´s in Auckland we finally made it to Santiago. You fly in with the snow capped Andes Mountains as the back drop. These mounatins are ever present as you wander the city. A ride in the funicular to the highest point with panoramic views of the city and a local tour gave us a good indication of the size and various aspects of the sprawling city - plazas with buildings showing their past and present architecture, dating back to 14th century, cathedrals, museums and art galleries. The main cathedral dates back to 1540´s and reflects the Spanish heritage although today´s Chileans don´t connect themselves with Spain as in other past of this continent. Otherwise, it is like any other big city - shops, restaurants and shopping malls with the main difference being the wide arterial roads and tree-lined, cobble-stoned streets in many areas. We managed to order our first meal and drinks with a Spanish speaking waiter!