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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago January 15th 2019

A busy 2018 is done and it’s time for the holiday I began booking before I left on the last one. When my father mentioned the only place overseas he is interested in visiting was Antarctica, I began investigating how to make it happen. As it turns out, to get there you pretty much have to go to South America. So back to Chile I go! This time, with dad. Leaving on Monday morning, the flight to Santiago went very smoothly and actually felt quicker than last time. I’m not sure if the Dreamliner is faster, or if it was just my imagination. It was definitely worth paying extra to get a seat with more legroom though, and I actually got a pretty decent sleep for a change. I did think the food portions were a ... read more
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Santiago

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago December 1st 2018

My last day in Chile arrived too soon. My flight was not until almost 10 PM that evening, but with airport security being what it is these days, I wanted to make sure I observed the three hours in advance requirement. That meant being limited as to where to go in the time I had left. The perfect solution, a return visit to Pueblito los Dominicos, my favorite craft shopping area, not only for the goods that can be found, but also for how pretty and quaint it is. It's also a destination that is easy to reach from where I was staying. On a Saturday, the Metro is not as crowded as on week days. The Pueblito stop is the last stop on the Metro line that is just a few blocks from the apartment, ... read more
Pueblito los Dominicos
Pueblito los Dominicos
Pueblito los Dominicos

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago November 30th 2018

On Friday, my last full day in Chile, we had the good news that the strike was over, and the Teleferico would be open that day. Without much rush, we headed over to the Oasis Station for our ride to the top of Cerro San Cristobal and took the few minutes long path to the ticket area. Although the carts stop mid-way up the Cerro for those passengers who want to visit the Botanical Gardens, we decided to just ride to the top, and decide later on if we wanted to stop on the way down. It was a very good decision, as it turned out. The views from the gondola as it climbs the side of the hill are breathtaking. It was not a clear day, but I was still swiveling around in my seat, ... read more
Teleferico Santiago
Teleferico Santiago
Teleferico Santiago

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago November 29th 2018

Thursday was a monumental day I had been looking forward to with anticipation, a day trip to Colchagua Valley and a visit to three different prominent wineries in the area; Clos Apalta, Vina Neyen, and Vina Viu Manent. For this tour, we signed up with a company named Uncorked, recommended to us by the ilovechiletours.com people. We had wanted to do an overnight trip because we thought, with good reason, that a day trip would involve a lot of driving and a lot of wine in a short amount of time, but there were no overnight tours from Santiago offered. Anyway, we woke up very early in the morning for the 7:30 AM pick up. On this tour there was our guide Jose who was still in training, his supervisor Vivi, and driver Ricky. There was ... read more
Clos Apalta
Clos Apalta
Clos Apalta

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago November 28th 2018

On Wednesday, day 5 of my visit, we had a bit of a disappointment. We had planned a ride on the Teleferico for that day and a visit to the Museum of Natural History, but we found out the day before that there was a strike going on and the Teleferico was not operating. Then, when we arrived at El Centro Historico, we realized that the Museum was also closed because of the strike. I have to say, this is the third time that these workers have been on strike when I have visited Chile. It is tiresome, to say the least. Anyway, we decided to go to Plan B, and visit some of the other sights around El Centro Historico, since we were already at the Plaza de Armas. Of the impressive buildings that line ... read more
Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago
Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago
Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago November 27th 2018

Tuesday, my fourth day in Chile, was one of the most beautiful days I have ever spent. We had signed up with ilovechiletours.com, for their Andes Mountains Gem Route tour, which included a visit to the Concha y Toro Vineyard, and then a visit to Embalse El Yeso in Cajon del Maipo. Once again, it was a very nice experience with only my friend and I, our guide Fran, and our driver Gabriel, on this trip. Both Fran and Gabriel were young and fun, and very enthusiastic. We immediately developed a rapport with both of them. I guess the advantage of being the only guests on the trip, plus the fact that it's a new and small company and their services are very personal, and their interest in our enjoyment very genuine. I had already been ... read more
Concha y Toro
Concha y Toro
Concha y Toro

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago November 26th 2018

On Day 3 of my visit, Monday, I had one of the most unique and meaningful experiences in Chile. We signed up with a company called Instant Tours. This company provides participants with a vintage Polaroid camera to create your own unique souvenirs. We signed up for the Urban Tour, which advertised exploring off the beaten track and learning the history of street art and muralism in Chile, whilst using the Metro System to get around. Anticipating the fearsome prospect of trains being too full, we set out an hour before our meeting time. We overestimated the transit problems, so we arrived early at our meeting spot at a coffee shop in the Centro Gabriela Mistral. As it happened, our guide Camilo (Milo) had also set out early to avoid unexpected problems. Camilo was delightful. In ... read more
Universidad de Chile Metro Station
Universidad de Chile Metro Station
Universidad de Chile Metro Station

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago November 25th 2018

My second day in Chile, Sunday, we decided to visit the historical neighborhood of Barrio Lastarria, which is a very popular tourist hub packed with cafes, restaurants, and eye catching street art. We reached the “Alameda” (Avenida Liberador Bernardo O’Higgins) by Metro via the Universidad Catolica metro station. The Metro wasn not too crowded on a Saturday, and it is certainly a very quick and efficient way to get around. It is certainly helpful not to have to try to find parking, which is always difficult and expensive. Our first stop was GAM, or the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, and the two exhibits it was hosting. Built in 1972, it was originally a convention center, and since 2010 it has been a cultural center open to the public, devoted to promoting performing arts and music. When ... read more
Cerro Santa Lucia
Cerro Santa Lucia
Cerro Santa Lucia

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago October 8th 2018

As the museums are closed on Mays we decided we could just take it easy today. Daisy had a good sleep-in and we didn’t get out until 11:15am. We walked over to the Mercado Central Markets and discovered the fish markets and a section full of seafood restaurants. As it was lunch time we thought this was a great place to have some seafood. My first choice based on Trip Advisor scores was closed unfortunately so we took a chance on another one called San Antonio Lalita. Daisy had a seafood soup and I had a seafood stew and both were delicious. The waiter even gave us a couple of complementary pisco sours which is a Chilean drink made from Chilean pisco brandy, lemons from Pica, sugar and ice. As you all know, I don’t drink ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago October 6th 2018

We spent today with our friends and locals, Pakita and Emanuel whom we met in Vietnam three years ago. Emanuel had to work in the morning so Pakita came out and met us 10:30am at our apartment. As the museums are closed on Mondays, we were keen to visit the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and the nearby Monseda Palace. Our timing was perfect as there was a large crowd gathered at the rear of the Palace for the Changing of the Guard and we got there just as they were starting. It was very entertaining as there was a brass band playing music including a tune my father use to always whistle or hum. When that finished we walked around to the front of the Palace for a look and then went into the Cultural ... read more




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