Santiago de Chile

Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
Trip End Aug 14, 2009

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Santiago de Chile

We retraced our steps from Puno via Arequipa back to Lima where we were due to catch our next scheduled flight to Santiago, the capital of Chile. The trip over the Andes from Puno to Arequipa was dramatic. We chose the front 2 seats on the upper deck to get a good view but the view was more dramatic than we had imagined. There was a violent thunder storm as we crossed the Andes at about 4,000m, which turned into a hail storm which covered the road with ice to a depth of 2 inches. The driver was unfazed by it all, as he hardly slowed down at all.

We had a slight problem at the airport as the airline had cancelled our flight & rebooked us on an earlier flight, without informing us, even though their web site allowed us to re-confirm the nonexistent flight! We finally got on the last flight out of Lima which landed at 03:00 the next morning. We got into the hostel at 04:30 & were charged $10 extra for checking in after 12:00 - Welcome to Chile!

Our hostel was in the Brazil Barrio, a nice bohemian district, the hostel was a big old house with high ceilings, creaking wooden floors & old furniture. The staff were friendly & helpful & the breakfasts round a big communal table set us up nicely for the day.
The view from the rooftop patio of our hostel was great, if you ignored the derelict housing around you, with the Andes being a dramatic backdrop.

There was a great restaurant just round the corner called the "fat cow" which served wonderful steaks & very cheap Chilean red wine; it was just like being back in Argentina.
They also did Pisco Sours for less than 1.00 - an ideal aperitif.

We took the Metro into the "Centro" as Barbara wanted to get her hair cut. We enquired about hairdressers & were directed to a shopping mall that contained only hairdressing salons, there must have been about a hundred of them, side by side on 5 floors, all offering the same service at about the same price - most bizarre.
Both Barbara & I had our hair cut for next to nothing. Barbara's hair looked quite nice.

We weren't very enthused with Santiago, so we didn't stay long & decided to move on to the exciting Port of Valparaiso further up the coast - yet another bus journey.
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holly08121 on

P. Smith
Don't think I would have liked that bus ride! All adds to the experience I suppose!

rodnyc on

How Strange!
Do you think the hot weather makes everyones hair grow quicker so the trade to be in is hairdressing? well its a thought! Very nice to mum your hair, looks as good as Bumble Bee's or whatever your regular salon is called.

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