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Published: June 29th 2017
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Well, I'm sick. Minimal sleep and rest over the last 10 days or so has taken its toll. Finally relaxing yesterday and letting my guard down has led to a head cold/ infection. I was up half of this morning throwing up. As a result, its been a slow start to our first full day based out of Tinto Boutique Hotel. We snuck in for an included breakfast at 9.30. Ham and cheese omelettes and scrambled eggs on offer were delicious, though I couldn't keep much down. We returned to the room to rest and plan our last few days in South America. We booked two tours for the next and final two days of our honeymoon, first, tomorrow a wine tour of Casablanca and second, on Friday a tour to Embalse El Yeso at the base of the Andes and the hot springs in the area. It seemed a fitting, relaxing option for our final day.
Today, we needed something easy going and low key. Fortunately for us, the Parque Metropolitano de Santiago was just three minutes walk from our hotel. Its basically a large, steep hill and National Park. At the base, the Funicular, a cable car that
goes up the hill, with two stops. We purchased a return ticket for just 2000 Pesos each or $4AUD. First up, Santiago Zoo, half way up.We'd read mixed reviews about this zoo but we both really enjoyed it. It was just a few dollars to get in and well worth it. The zoo was built on the hillside and offered a wide range of animals, including plenty of unusual ones. Most the enclosures were large and animals appeared pretty happy. We spent a couple hours here before heading back to the Funicular station to ride it to the summit of Cerro San Cristobal. Up here, there were fantastic panoramic views of all of Santiago.
What a huge, colossal city. A shame about the immense pollution that hangs over it, restricting the view of the massive mountainous backdrop. We continued up to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, right at the peak. After visiting the church itself we stopped at the viewpoint beneath the virgin Mary statue overlooking the city, another Cristo the Redeemer clone. From here, it was all downhill via stairs and the Funicular cable car. Only three minutes walk from the bottom and we were back at the
hotel.We rested a while before our 8pm dinner reservation at Trip Advisors number 1 ranked restaurant in Santiago; Peumayen. This was a real experience. A culinary adventure into the history of Chilean cuisine. We opted to try tasting platters for each course to sample everything on offer. There were certainly some exotic and unusual portions on offer including; horse, rabbit and seaweed. The staff and ambiance were excellent. Whilst all the food was cooked and presented well, not all was to our taste. Nonetheless, we absolutely rolled back to the hotel. Hopefully I feel better tomorrow for our wine tour of Casablanca Valley.
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