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Christmas Day at Casa Roja Hostel. Very different from Christmas back home.

I finally left Pichilemu on Saturday 20th of December. I can't lie that arriving in Santiago the same day wasn´t really in my plans but you just have to roll with what happens to you and adjust accordingly.

On Monday I went to Cajon de Maipó, a canyon to the southeast of Santiago, where many santiaguinos like to go to escape the city. There I visited the charming town of San José de Maipó and went for a short hike up to Cascada las Animas, where I jumped on the chance to cool off in the pool beneath the lower falls.

On Tuesday I went for a guided tour and wine tasting at Cousiño Macul, a vineyard also just outside of town. It was very informative, slightly more formal than the wine tastings I went to in Argentina, and we tried two excellent wines. A viño gris (cabernet sauvignon grapes, processed as if making a white wine, and definitely not grey) and an organic cabernet sauvignon. Feeling a little tipsy in the summer heat, I made my way back into town for some last minute shopping.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were spent mostly in or next to the swimming pool in the hostel. It was hot, sunny and great fun.

On the 26th some of us ventured out of the hostel to go to Cerro San Cristóbal, where one finds a statue of the virgin mary (and a radio mast spoiling all views of her) and great views of the city and even the mountains if the smog clears. It didn´t. There´s a nice nativity scene there too.

I haven´t done anything since. :-)

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Christmas Day at Casa Roja Hostel…
Viña Cousiño Macul.
Viña Cousiño Macul.
Tasting the Vino Gris, a wine made…
Tasting the Vino Gris, a wine mad…
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