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Published: November 2nd 2008
Santiago and the Andes from Cerro San Cristobel
Views of the city and the Andes, although smoggy, from Cerro San Cristobel.
I decided only to devote one day in Santiago. I spent a month there last year learning Spanish. I am satisfied of what I had already seen there on that trip. This time, Santiago would only be used as a base at the very beginning and the very end of my trip. It is likely I will be going through the bus terminal to changes buses for elsewhere during the trip. Cerro San Cristobel
I began the day exploring the park. Last year, I rode up on the funicular and saw the Virgen de lmmaculada. This time, I wanted a ride on the telefrico and the ride was worth it for the views, although smoggy, of the Andes. I was in need of some exercise so I did a lot of walking around the park. It was very hot but it did not deter the dog walkers, cyclists, runners, walkers and myself going up and down hills. It was a pity the outside swimming pools were closed as it was a perfect opportunity to cool down! Downtown
Had a wonder Downtown and took photos of sights I had not seen previously including the Teatro municipal, Museo de
Santiago, Bolsa de Comercial, the Newspaper building etc. It was nice soaking in the atmosphere at Plaza de Armas.
In the evening, I caught the overnight bus down to Puerto Varas in the Chilean Lake District.
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