My husband and I are always trying to go somewhere new – and I was fortunate enough to get free tickets from Delta to use anywhere in the world (that they fly of course) before I left the company. We decided to use these tickets to go to South America as it’s a continent we haven’t explored much of – unless you count Panama, and I studied abroad in Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands (talk about a fun Science class!). We chose to use our free tickets to go to Chile and Argentina, because these are expensive countries to fly to!
We were very surprised on our flight to find we were upgraded to first class thanks to my previous employment status with these passes! It made the flight down much more enjoyable. The nice thing about flying south is there is only a 3 hour time change. So unlike a trip to Europe we were well rested, and landed in the morning ready to carpe that diem!
We flew into Santiago, and grabbed an uber to our air bnb. I was already happy I knew a little Spanish to help with our driver. We were very impressed by the view of the city at our air bnb. We stayed in the Bellavista neighborhood, which was covered in colorful artwork.
The first day we explored the city of Santiago. From it’s colorful street art to it’s many parks. They also had many markets going on as it was a bustling Saturday.
After a long day of exploring we enjoyed a dish I read was a must try when in Santiago – Chorrillana. This is basically the south of the border version of poutine. It consisted of potato wedges, juicy beef and onions, and an egg. We paired it with a big jug of strawberry Sangria and it was delish. Meals here always start with free bread – yasss. It is accompanied by a salsa/pico de gallo. Seems weird to put on bread vs. chips but it was good! One thing I did learn on this trip is Santiago isn’t as cheap as I thought it was going to be. It’s prices were pretty similar to back home, if not more.
The night we of course had to sign up for the pub crawl at a nearby hostel (we wanted to stay there but no private rooms). We just love meeting new people, playing games and dancing and this is a great place to do it! Although there were only 2 other people who started out the night with us from the hostel, we were joined by many others at the first bar where we played beer pong, and many other bars with lots of dancing followed.
The next day we lounged by the pool, and grabbed an embanada for a snack – a snack we were going to be eating a LOT of on this trip. That night we searched for a place to watch our beloved Vikings play in the playoffs – we asked around and of course the only place was TGI Fridays. It was here I tried the famous Pisco Sour which tasted pretty similar to a margarita. If there were any moments in our life I could record, I would go back and record that moment in TGI Fridays where we witnessed the Minneapolis Miracle. We were screaming and hugging and jumping up and down, and everyone was looking at us like we were crazy.
The next day we decided to visit a famous attraction in Santiago – San Cristobal Hill. But before we could go it was vital that we try a completo. It sounds fancy but really it’s just a hot dog with fun toppings. Mine included guacamole, mayonnaise, and ketchup 🙂 I LOVE condiments so this hot dog was a dream come true to me.
After we were fueled up we went to wait in line to take transportation up the biggest hill in Santiago. Unfortunately the gondala wasn’t working so we had to take a bus instead – not as exciting but still glad we didn’t walk it as it would have taken days! jk but seriously though. The top of the hill holds a large statue of the Virgin Mary, many crosses, and a beautiful view of the city.
The next day we took the bus to Valparaiso- stay tuned for our next blog on this colorful city!