Trip Start Feb 23, 2008
21Trip End Apr 28, 2008
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Santiago has the potential to be a very beautiful city. It has the majestic snow capped mountain in the background. However those mountains are hardly visible due to the heavy smog the city frequently has. The central part of Santiago also seem to lack the number of colonial style buildings that Lima and Buenos Aires has. I guess it was probably because Santiago was a small town until the nitrate boom in the 1880s
I tried to book myself to a final cultural dinner and show but the tour company has a minimum of 2 reservation policyRestaurante Los Adobe de Argomedo. Chilean music and dance is almost the same as Peruvian. The Andes culture is shared between Equador, Peru, Bolivia, northern Chile and northern Argentina. There was a part of the show which featured some Polynesian music and dance, this is because Easter Island is part of Chile.
I organised a tour to Viņa del Mar and Valparaiso. They are adjacent cities located on the same bay 10 km apart. One is a modern city built on a flat area, the other is the historical port built on hills. Given the geological isolation of Chile with the Atacama desert on the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west, Andes to the east and glaciers tot he south; Valparasio has been the gateway to Santiago prior to aviation. Valparasio is also the cultural capital of Chile; it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It meant to be a picturesque place with colour houses on its hills. Unfortunately due to the weather most of the hills were covered by fog on the day I visited.
Now it is time to say good bye to this amazing continent.