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I went to Chile!

At the end of February I was sent to Santiago Chile for a week of meetings. Luckily, I was able to add two and a half days to the trip so I could see a little bit of Santiago and surrounding area. On the day I arrived in Santiago I checked into my hotel, got my bearings then went out for a walk. I had a map that said there were Japanese gardens nearby so I set out to find them.

IMG_0232 I was a little confused because my map led me to a park and as far as I could tell, I was standing right on top of where the gardens should be, but I couldn’t see them anywhere. I continued down this dirt path then realized the gardens were straight up the hill I was standing at the bottom of. So I set off up a very poorly marked path and hoped I wouldn’t get lost (or bitten by something) as I climbed to the top of the hill.

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It was definitely worth it however, the gardens were beautiful.

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And the view of the city was stunning.

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The next day I rode the hop-on hop-off bus and was very impressed with how beautiful Santiago is. There were at least 6 stops I could have gotten off at to explore. I started with a stop close to the Mercado Central. I walked through a beautiful square where I purchased a small painting.

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After checking out the market I got back on the bus and headed to Santa Lucia to check out another small market and climbed to the top of Castillo Hidalgo.

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After walking around the castle and gardens I decided to walk to avenue Bellavista to look at the shops. To get there I crossed this river bed that runs through the length of the city. I’m assuming in the spring the river might be a little higher? I’m not sure.

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After exploring a bit more I got on the bus and rode it back to my hotel. The next day I started off by finding the funicular.

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It was pretty busy but the line went quickly and the ride was fun.

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From the top of the funicular it was a short walk to San Cristobal and this big statue.

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From there I rode the teleferico (gondola) back to the park where the Japanese gardens are. They let me ride it alone which was really nice. The views were amazing.

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The next few days were filled with meetings. On my last day in Chile I took a tour to Valparaiso. On our way we stopped in Viña del Mar to see one of the few Moai statues outside of Easter Island.

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Next we checked out a local fish market with a very attentive audience.

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And a noisy one too.

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Then we spent a few hours wander the narrow cobblestone streets of Valparaiso, taking in the vibrant and colourful street art.

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On our way back to Santiago we stopped by a winery for a wine tasting.

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I left the next day after catching one last sunrise over Santiago from my hotel room.

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What a beautiful city.

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