Hasta La Vista Santiago

Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Where I stayed
Rodrigo's apartment on 1723 Blanco and Manual Rodriguez
What I did
Artisan's Market Los Dominicos

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

We are sadly preparing to leave Santiago, and feel there is so much more to see and do but we have to be happy with what we have managed to do since we have been here.

Yesterday we caught the train out to the end of a metro line to a place called Los Dominicos that had an awesome art and craft market. It was laid back but very there was variety and quality and not pushy selling to tourists!!!! We wandered around the markets and were amazed by the wares on offer.

This last week we have been trying to organise our accomodation in Chile and ended up having to take a ... well you have to read the description I have cut and paste from the Airbnb site we use to find accomodation. We decided to go straight to Cusco by bus when we land in Lima, it is not ideal as it is a 21 hour bus ride but we get to see the country side and for the 5 of us it is the cheaper option. Because we are going into Christmas and New Years  and we still had not settled our travel dates with in our destinations booking accomodation at the last minute was proving a bit difficult as we had to compete with the locals and the owners who were wanting to use these holiday places. So we found this place that is a 30k drive out of Cusco but sounds ideal and the owner Allysun, who is English and married to a Peruvian has been very helpful. Check out the property description, we are going to be here for Christmas and New Years and in between we are going up to Machu Piccu.

"This ecological, passive solar adobe house has two bedrooms,a living
room, open plan kitchen and bathroom. It is fully equipped with hot
water, modern gas stove, open fire place, and parquet flooring. It is
furnished and we provide kitchen utensils, sheets and towels for rentals
of up to a month. It is situated in the grounds of the Sacred Dimension
Healing Centre in a small hanging valley above the village of Qoya in
the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The grounds of the Sacred Dimension
centre are set in the midst of mountainsides fragrant with herbs and
overlooked by the mountain peaks between which nestle pure high lagoons,
magic places of spirits of water and wind. They are filled with native
trees and flowers, orchards and organic vegetable gardens. Qoya is one
hour from the historic city of Cusco by public transport, less in
private taxi, and is close to the villages of Pisaq and Calca with their
well-stocked and colourful handicraft and farmer's markets. The Sacred
Valley of the Incas is filled with ancient Incan remnants, reminders of
the region’s immense ceremonial importance. This long narrow valley
stretches from Urcos in the south to cross Ollantaytambo before its
stretch of broad plains, rugged peaks, and incomparable beauty finally
reach the citadel of Machu Picchu. Its fertile lands have been home to
the Inca for thousands of years and their mysteries and legends still

Needless to say we have been excited to get there, not so much about the trek to get there but also very sad to leave Santiago.

Why, oh why is it so sad to leave?????

Chile has it's beautiful scenes, history, fantastic food, people and we are once again saddened to leave yet another place that we have not seen enough of yet had a decent experience of.

Once again at church we have met some gorgeous people and found someone who knew my sister in Salt Lake City when she was a missionary in Temple Square. Our apartment owners have been fantastic, the doormen and staff who greet us and put up with our insipid Spanish when we greet them and ask for the "lavenderia" and listen all so carefully to their instructions so we can at least catch one word that will give us a clue are so patient and smile and probably laugh at us as we go back up the lift.

It is 7.50pm and the sun is still up high over the horizon, there is the  views of the Andes mountain range in the background of the highrise apartments and sprawling city, the green trees of Parque O'Higgins, the screams and visability of the amusement park rides at the nearby "Fantisylandia" and sounds of the cross breeze through the apartment, some kind of marching band nearby and the traffic is really giving me a pleasant Sunday early evening experience. To describe it (especially with my descriptive skills) or to try and take a photo just does not capture the experience. Maybe it is just the calm before the storm of having to get to the airport, fly to Lima and then catch a bus to Cusco and then have to be driven the extra distance to the accomodation as well as get ready for Christmas .....aaaaaarrrrghghgh!!!! Not thinking about it now trying to finish these last three entries before we move on to Peru.

We have bought some air drying clay and we will make our own Nativity scene and Christmas decorations. Otherwise that is all we have done to prepare for Christmas as well as organise getting to Cusco and beyond.

We do have internet at our next place so Happy Christmas Preparations everyone.

I will share my Christmas Greetings before Christmas.

But Feliz Navidad!!! Amigos and Hombres!!
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