Santiago de Chile invited us to spend a weekend, we were seven.
We were lucky that the driver of the van that took us from the International Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez airport to the hostel, was so attentive to take the job to look for the right information and take me to the place where we sleep the following two nights.
It was a single room as we had asked for it. Although it may seem unusual, we went with my grandmother! We wanted to share this experience closely and we were also well received. Chilean people were close and friendly.
Santiago of Chile warned us that in June, the nights were cold, but when one is visiting, this is not inconvenient; a hot, fast and cheap dinner (you must taste the Chacarero!), in one of the many shops of the Avenida Libertador Bernardo O´Higgins (close of the University of Chile), solved the problem in a few minutes.
Then it was a new day, bright sunshine, nothing better than walk and visit the city: Santiago offers you the possibility to move quickly and conveniently through the network of Metro, the Bus turistic (Turistik) and urban bus. But to appreciate its architecture and approach to its people, just wear a good pair of shoes and walk! After buying some candy we went to the best place for lunch: the Central market. This would be the luxury of our visit, but unquestionably was worth. Each flavor (seafood and fresh fish and the unmissable “chupe de locos”), each drink (Chilean Pisco) and each moment that one lives with the locals, they are well worth. I even had the opportunity to share with a couple of “gauchos” who came with their guitars and sang!
We could not return home, without visiting the high garden that drops down behind Santiago de Chile: a white mountain range with plenty of sunshine. Another good Chilean took us to the place, about 55 km. from the Center. The Colorado, at about 3000 meters height, is one of the Ski center with the best features. We could certainly have chosen different options: ski, snowboard, etc, but we had not…; instead we finished jumping on the fresh snow, beside the road. But nothing could have been more fun! Even the grandmother did it!
And after so much snow, a hot coffee with chilenitos (a sweet similar to the “alfajor”) takes back us to reality and reminds us that Santiago of Chile is the best host, so kind, so unusual and so, so funny…