Blogs from Santiago, Santiago Region, Chile, South America - page 2


South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago March 1st 2014

I will post a brief blog entry today. It was a travel day. The flight from Cancun to Santiago is eight hours, but riding in Business class makes it comfortable, especially since this was a daytime flight so I didn't have to try to sleep. Actually most of my fellow passengers DID sleep on the flight, but perhaps they were up late last night partying in Cancun. Santiago (and all of Chile) is three hours ahead of Cancun - and five hours ahead of Oregon, two hours ahead of Michigan. It seems weird, but on a map you can see that South America is much further east than North America. I don't have any photos and I don't have much else to say about today. Tomorrow may be similar because it is another travel day, but ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 21st 2014

After a 3 and a half hour flight we finally arrived in Santiago and the weather was incredible! Not a cloud in the sky and it must have been at least 30 degrees, a nice change from the cold, wet Cusco. We got a taxi to our hostel but the guy didn't have a clue where it was. We ended up driving around for over an hour with him asking loads of different people, including Police officers, where to go and we finally made it. We checked into the hostel and our room was pretty tight but we had a little balcony overlooking the small pool, nice! We nipped to the supermarket and it was so hot that we didn't enjoy the walk at all. We made lunch and then just chilled out in the pool. ... read more
Our tour guide

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 4th 2014

After arriving in Santiago at 7.30am, we were delighted to discover that our room at our hostel was ready and waiting for us. Exhausted, we made the most of this opportunity and had a quick nap before heading off to explore the city. First stop on our flyby tour was Cerro San Cristobel; a hill with a view point overlooking the city. Somewhat reminiscent of Rio's Corcovado, it even has a large statue just like Rio's Christ the Redeemer (but female)...who we kindly nicknamed Mrs Redeemer! A rickety 10 minute Funicular ride and we were at the top of the hill overlooking the city. Although not appearing very large from the bottom, it still gave stunning views across the city with the snow capped Andes in the distance. Two Empanadas later and we were heading back ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago January 14th 2014

Santiago es una gran ciudad de 5,5 millones de habitantes, efervescente como cualquier otra gran ciudad con un toque decadente. Nuestro hostal estaba en el encantador Paris-Londres, con ese aire europeo con las calles empedradas y los faroles clásicos adornando sus calles. El resto del centro son calles abarrotadas de comercios y gente. En Santiago pasamos dos días donde tuvimos la oportunidad de hacer compras para reparar la bicicleta, quedar con amigos y visitar parte de la ciudad. Teniendo en cuenta que es pleno verano, la ciudad se encuentra bien animada de gente y turistas. Visitamos el Mercado Central, el Centro, el barrio Brasil, Italia, subimos al cerro de San Cristóbal y paseamos por los barrios Bellavista y Lastarria. Hay un ambiente muy agradable y divertido en Santiago que atrapa. Además, los chilenos son agradables por ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago January 12th 2014

We arrived to Santiago, the capital of Chile, the first time on New Year’s Eve and quickly settled in in Rodrigo’s and Christian’s lovely apartment. Our attempts to book a table at a restaurant were clearly too late, in addition to that most of the places we tried to book were closed, so we ended up with our plan B, making our own luxury dinner at “home”. The apartment had a big balcony overlooking the western parts of Santiago, so we reckoned we would have a spectacular view of all the fireworks while dining. The fireworks were however only fired at midnight, not like in Finland where it starts at 6 PM and reaches its peak at midnight, so that part of the plan didn’t work out. We did get our share of fireworks, at Torre ... read more
Santiago - the city from above
Santiago - free city tour
Santiago - houses for the street dogs


South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago December 29th 2013

Thursday, the 26th- fly from Rio to Santiago, Chile We had a bit of a bumpy flight and we looked down out the window several times to see the cause--the deep snow-covered Andes. We arrived about 7:30 pm after a 5 hour flight. We think there was a two hour time difference. Got our luggage and then walked across the street, literally to the modern Holiday Inn to spend a couple of nights. We were using points for the room rate. After checking in and getting settled, we went downstairs for dinner in their restaurant. Expensive and neither of us felt the light meal was worth the price. From that point on, we bought our food across the street at the airport or in town. The next morning, we walked back across the street to catch ... read more
1312-524 Hop-On Hop-Off in the Central Market
1312-525 Man hawking Chilean snow crabs
1312-526 Everyone eating in the central market

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago December 27th 2013

Santiago de Chile - overraskende så skøn - pladser, skyggefulde parker - (hvorfor er de bare så gode til parker syd for alperne?). 2 høje midt i byen, den ene Sant Christopal med den enorme statue af Jomfru Marie (som i Rio) og med kabelcar og offentlig udendørs svimming pool. Den anden Santa Lucia med fæstning og udsigt og ikke mindst det lille renaessance slot med det smukke springvand, vogtet af havguden Neptun. Chilenerne er meget imødekommende og vil rigtig gerne snakke, det er hyggeligt. Her er skønne spisesteder, sjove barer, "krøllede" kreative, og sjove kvarterer, her er så meget shopping af sko, tasker, tøj, makeup o.s.v. - Super kvalitet og mærkevarer til "ingen penge"! Faktisk så billigt at vi i dag har hjemsendt et stk pakke med diverse indkøb ! På en varm dag med ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago December 20th 2013

Kære alle Fra Cape Town til Santiago de Chile med glædelig jul fra os til alle jer............merry Christmas! Juleknus Niels og Mette... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago December 14th 2013

Friday 13th December (Odyssey Day 35) We left our beautiful riverside camp today at 0600 because we all wanted to get in to Santiago at a decent time. It was still dark when we got up and had to use our head torches to pack away our tents for the first time on this trip. A combination of the rather early start, and being so much further north. My ankles and feet are really swollen today, a reaction to the sunburn from yesterday. I believe I was also suffering a bit from the heat after falling asleep in the tent yesterday afternoon. At any rate, I was rather cold on the truck and spent the morning wrapped in my duma sleeping and trying not to bump my legs into anything. Ellie, sitting next to me, was ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago September 27th 2013

After an overnight stop in Lima we headed back to the airport for our 8:30 flight from Lima to Santiago. Breakfast was a delicious feast of McDonalds (hmm) before passing through security and settling into the chairs at our gate. After an uneventful flight (just the way you want them to be!) we arrived in Santiago. We weren’t originally planning on visiting Santiago, however as our original flight home had been cancelled and we’d been moved to the flight the following day we now had a 33hour stop over. On arrival we headed to the information desk for our airline to organise for them to pay the 95USD per person reciprocity fee Australians have to pay to enter the country. After that was taken care of we had to wait for them to fetch our bags ... read more
Plaza de Armas
Presidents house
Building alongside the Plaza

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