Travelogue: Santiago, Chile (Dec 2015)

The Chile series will take me several posts to complete, so bear with me!

In a nutshell, we flew to Santiago, spent a day in the city, then flew to Punta Arenas. From there, we took a bus to Puerto Natales, where we went on to hike the W Trek in the beautiful Chilean Patagonia. Afterwards, we also got to spend some time in Valparaiso, known for their street art and murals.

First, from JFK to Santiago.

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The mountains!

A taxi ride from the airport to downtown cost about $20,000 CP ($28 USD in Dec 2015). We took a ride from a rogue car (I don’t recommend it if you are traveling alone) and got it down to $15,000.

I’m not gonna lie, the first thing we did was go to a Starbucks for their wifi and frapp… Dark Cherry Mocha Frappuccino, to be specific.

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The good thing about downtown Santiago is that almost everywhere we went, there was free wifi at cafes and restaurants — you just gotta ask nicely for the passwords!

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There were many street carts selling this, “mote con huesillos”, a traditional Chilean summer-time non-alcoholic drink made from wheat and peaches.

By the way, $1USD was equal to about 700 Chilean Peso at the time of this trip (December 2015).

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Mercado Central, fish market, seafood galore

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We here for the empanadas.

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Cheese empanada. Certainly different than the ones we have in the States.

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We walked around and found some way to go up…

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You can see the Andes in the distance.

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There are sooo many good restaurants and cafes in the downtown area.

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And ice cream… at Emporio la Rosa 

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Pisco sour!

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This was one of the best fish I’ve ever eaten in my life.

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Another hipster cafe with free wifi.

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I looove the art all around downtown Santiago. Bellavista is a hip neighborhood with street art and bars and restaurants.

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We went to a wine bar/restaurant called Bocanaríz.

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That’s the flight I chose. Gotta have the Carménère!

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Loved my tasting flight and seafood!!!!!!! Prices were quite affordable, too.

Patagonia is awaiting… Coming up on the next post!

(All photos were taken with the Samsung Galaxy S5)

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