So long South America
Santiago Travel Blog› entry 21 of 33 › view all entries
December 8th, 2009 – by: lukeandsarah
We chose to spend our final day and a half in Santiago, mainly because that is where our flight to Auckland left from. We had also heard some poor reviews of the city as a whole, so didn't want to send longer than neccessary. However, we have been surprised at what this city can offer and don't really agree with the reputation it has been given of being the 'armpit of Chile'. Maybe coming into it so relaxed from Mendoza has helped, plus the extra sunny weather, a nice new hostel and quieter streets due to a bank holiday, but we have had a very enjoyable time.
Day one was spent completing errands, like posting all our now unneeded thermals etc home, buying the last of our souvenirs and christmas pressies and finding Sarah a Chile patch to add to her backpack collection. Luke managed to get our anti-itch cream pickpocketed by a toddler but it was soon returned by an embrassed father. Training them young here I think. Errand running was a nice excuse to wander the city and explore some shops. Managed to find yet another hill to climb to overlook the city - Santa Lucia, commonally known as the lovers hangout, but was lovely in the late afternoon sun.
Back at the hostel to cook our last meal - steak of course and a nice bottle of Chilean wine. Bliss.
Day two has brought more street wandering, a pre-columbian art museum, palace, central marketplace, parks and a failed attempt to use the cable car up to the top of Cerro San Cristobal.
From here its the metro and a bus to the airport and a 14 hour flight to NZ, although we land 30 hours later than the time we left and somehow have lost Wednesday! We can't quite believe where the last 9 weeks have gone and we are sad to say good bye. South America is a wonderful place and I would totally reccomend a visit, but with Christmas carols playing in the shops its a reminder to me that I finally get to be home in NZ for Christmas and I can't wait.
Till next time
P.S: We have summarised our top three places we would like to come back to visit:
Sarah - Torres Del Paine, Valpo, La Paz
Luke - Torres Del Paine, Elqui Valley (Vicuña), Tupiza
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