After crossing the Andes, we arrived late Friday evening into Santiago. Our small AirBnB apartment was perfect for a couple of nights before our flights out to Easter Island. So with just one day to explore the capital city of Chile we headed out into the dry air and warm sunshine where we watched hundreds of people taking part in the morning 10k charity fun run. It was Telethon 2015 weekend, where the people of Chile come together to raise money for children with disabilities.
We spent the morning buying Turbus tickets for our return journeys, doing laundry and buying some provisions to take over to Easter island with us. In the afternoon we joined the four-hour free walking tour. Omar, our informative guide took us to all the top spots to get a good overview of the historic centre and culture of the people of Chile. We particularly liked the hippie Lastarria and trendy Bellavista neighbourhood’s with many bars and restaurants.
Santiago city centre was much nicer than I expected, especially as it’s surrounded by the scenic Andes in the east and the fast flowing Mapocho river running right through the centre. When we had spoken to other travellers they had said Chile was expensive but we surprisingly found it was much cheaper than Argentina, it is one of the wealthiest countries in South America with a stable free economy.
But Santiago was only a quick stop over for us. On the Sunday morning we hopped on the Centro-Puerto bus for £1.50 from Los Heroes to the airport, rather than taking a £20 taxi – we’re getting good at this travel budget thing!
Then it was time for our flight to Easter Island…