Santiago de Chile   Leave a comment

Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th October 2014

From Valparaíso we take the bus to Santiago, a comfortable 90-minute journey through green valleys and along the Ruta del Vino. It’s under three kilometres from the Terminal Alameda to the Happy House Hostal, recommended in various travel guides and close to the city centre, so we walk along the Avenida Bernado O’Higgins to gather first impressions.

We like the accommodation and check in for two nights; then we use the excellent metro and bus network to visit a fellow traveller, who I met in 2010 in Buenos Aires, in the district of La Reina. Mick, originally from Denmark, travelled the continent on his VFR750, got stuck in Santiago and is now running a motorcycle touring company (Ride Chile www.ride-chile.com) and service & repair workshop (Moto Service STGO www.motoss.cl) together with his friend Tomás. Both of them give us a warm welcome and invaluable advice for our journey south.

We then spend the evening and the following day exploring the sights and delights of the Chilean capital – here are just a few impressions.

Ruta 68 between Valparaíso and Santiago

Estación Central

Street exhibition: foreign elements in the Cocina Chilena

Our modest alojamiento

Room with a view

With Tomás and Mick

La Moneda – the presidential palace

Cerro Santa Lucía – Huelén in the language of the Mapuche

Cerro San Cristobal

Mercado Central

Museo Histórico Nacional on the Plaza de Armas

Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago

Spot Johannes…

Absolutamente. All Santiago pictures here.

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