28.03.2012 - 01.04.2012 26 °C
Santiago, the capital of Chile. A huge city which had a great vibe, rivalling that of Buenos Aires.
We arrived early morning following a night bus from Pucon and and ended up staying in Santiago´s eastern suburbs with an Airbnb host (a website where people rent out their house or a room). We stayed in a room in a sweet old ladies house complete with plasma tv, a luxury that we had forgotten even existed.
The subway in Santiago is a dream, slick and clean...day 1 we decided to head to Domingos, a market type area near the Plaza Egana subway station. Full of locally made goods..we were advised against going to the city centre due to protests which could get ugly.
The next couple of days were fine and we walked pretty much the entire city centre..Plaza de Armas, Palacio La Moneda, Cerro Santa Lucia and the Central Market were some of our favourites. The place had a great vibe and not the 'keep a lookout for pick pocket' reputation it had. The local dish 'Cazuela' was nice, a chicken and veg soup.
The climb to the top of Cerro San Cristobal showed just how big the city was, very impressive, especially with the faint view of the massive mountains as a back drop. The cemetary was well worth checking out except for the fact that I arrived 3 minutes after it had closed.
On our last day we checked out the crazy people participating in the Santiago Marathon and then the Memory and Human Rights museum which was interesting.
That evening we jumped on a bus for a short ride to Valparaiso...