24 hours in Santiago
It took an 18hour flight to get us from Brussels, over Madrid to the Chilean capital.
Surprisingly, as I am not a fan of long hauls, the flight passed by quickly. After some movies and a couple hours of sleep we arrived in the sunny city.
On the airport we took a shuttle bus to our hotel. We used the shuttle service Transvip.
They use minivans which can be shared with other travellers, so you can avoid high taxi rates and still get fast and pleasant to your destination.
Santiago is a buzzing city with a lot of traffic but also a green city full of parks and palm trees. It’s citizens are cheerful and friendly.
To stretch out our legs after our long flight, we decided to climb up Cerro San Cristobal hill. Instead of taking the usual route, which comprises of 6 km low sloped concrete roads, we decided to climb off route through the hills steep flanks.
Once on top, the hill rewarded us with an astonishing view over Santiago at a height of 860m. Our descent went wrong as we took a wrong turn but fortunately we found our way down. In the end it only costed us some ripped clothes, some bruises and a painful butt... But what a laugh we had!
Chilean people have the habit to go out for lunch instead of for dinner.
Dining is seen as something somewhat fancier and only for ‘special occasions’.
✶ Coffee in mosqueto cafe
✶ Lunch in Mercado central, a fresh market for fish and seafood where you can eat the best ceviche
✶ Discover the neighborhood Barrio Italia, with its colored facades and cosy restaurants
✶ Drink a delicious Pisco sour
✶ Visit Plaza de Armas
✶ Read a book in one of the many parcs
✶ Dine in Luciano
Belgian citizens don’t need a visa, for a maximum stay of 90 days. Your passport needs to be valid for the period of six months.