We had a very nice time for four days in Santiago (except that we did not have wifi, as promised, at our Airbnb condo).
We met up with FB friend and fellow world traveler, Pam Skillings. and spent a lovely afternoon with her on Tuesday, 22 January. We posed for a photo at Palacio Moneda and then walked through a number of pedestrian-only streets to the north of there and east toward the Plaza des Armas.
On Wednesday we took the subway north to the central market and then walked to the base of Cerro San Cristobal in search of a jewelry store we had visited 5 years ago. we found the location, but it had gone out of business. But no worries, there were many other stores in that area that alos specialized in Lapis Lazuli, the reason behind our quest. We had a very nice lunch at Pantaleon Restaurant
and enjoyed a locally produced belgian beer
and walked south to Baquedano station where we took the subway back to La Moneda which was nearest to our Condo.
On Thursday, we took the hop-on-hop-off tourist bus around town going all the way east to the Parque Arauco Mall and then returning to the center of town along the flank of Cerro San Cristobal where we got off to board the teleferico at oasis station and rode up to the top to get off at the midpoint station at Piscina Tupahue. From there, we took the ParqueMet shuttle bus (about $0.60 for seniors) to the larger pool with an even better view of the city, Piscina Antilen.
After a enjoying the pool and the views for a couple of hours, we took the shuttle back to Tupahue and re-boarded the teleferico to ride on to to the summit at San Cristobal hill station. There, we took a few photos, and descended via the funicular to resume our city circuit on the tourist bus.
On Friday, we went by subway again from Toesca station to the central market to buy some fresh salmon. We returned on the tourist bus from Plaza des Armas. After lunch, we took the tourist bus again to the Parque Arauco Mall where we got off for Joyce to do some shopping while I had some ice cream and used the mall's wifi.. We took the bus back to la moneda and picked up some last minute provisions for dinner.
At around 9:45 am on Saturday, we took a taxi to the Alameda bus terminal where we purchased a one way ticket to Vina del Mar leaving at 10:26. We arrived in Vina about 12:50 and took a taxi to our incredible top floor Airbnb condo with this view.
More about Vina in the next entry.