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At Chile with Errol Dhanpath on Nov 9-10, 2013. Day 1 at the Capital City of Santiago.

To maximize our time in Chile, Errol and I left Toronto on Nov 8, Friday night and we arrived the morning following day at the capital city of Santiago.  There were various taxi stands at the arrival area of the airport and transfer was CLP 5,400/person (CD$10.00). 

We stayed at Crowne Plaza Hotel and although we did not book a suite room, a welcome card and complimentary wine surprised us.  We did not waste time and immediately indulged ourselves with the good wine of Chile.

Our first stop was Cerro San Cristobal which was like the Monserrate of Bogota, Colombia where both were sanctuaries on top of a hill.  We took the funicular from the Calle Pio Nono station and cost was CLP 2,600/person round trip (CD$5.00).  Just like at Monserrate funicular station, there was also a Llama at the Cerro San Cristobal funicular stop.  The Llama at Santiago was more dressed up though.  Made fun of this coincidence and told friends that my Llama girlfriend at Bogota dumped me but after a few weeks I found a new one at Chile.

From the hilltop sanctuary, Errol and I went to the Presidential Palace (La Moneda).  Not far from the palace was Plaza Armas and we spotted some protests about cow milk. Took a break by tasting the local beer in one of the local bars near Plaza Armas.

We headed back to Calle Pio Nono where local restaurants lined up the area and it was one of the spots at Santiago for a good night life.  We capped the night by having a sumptuous carnivorous dinner of grilled beef, pork, blood sausage and chicken.  With 2 bottles of wine and a lot of left over, it was a great dinner at CD$60.00 for both of us.

Day 2, Valparaiso and Viņa del Mar, Chile