Sept 14th - Sept 15th
14/09/2011 - 15/09/2011 19 °C
I had an early start for a 6 hour journey to Santiago from La Paz, taking me via Arica and Iquique. It was sad to say goodbye to the group in La Paz, as we all went our separate ways. Some were continuing to travel, whilst others were heading home.
As we took off from sunny La Paz you could see the clouds casting a shadow on the ground below which created an interesting contrast on the landscape. On the other side of the weather spectrum, it was very grey and misty as we landed in Santiago. This was not the only difference I noticed as I came out of the airport. Chile was a much cleaner and wealthy contry compared to Bolivia, and you could see money had been put into the infrastructure. Not only that, I felt much safer on the roads, there was a seatbelt in the taxi for starters!! I unfortunately didn´t have any time to explore the city itself, as soon as I arrived it was a quick meeting with the group, dinner and then bed.
The next day we all went on a day trip to a nearby city called Valparaíso, a very quirky little city on the coast. From the flat of the seafront, it quickly ascends to a very different city above, which can be navigated using the elaborately decorated and creaking funiculars, which give you great views over the city.
There are numerous houses of varying colours interspersed with little art shops and boutiques.
We had a grilled fish lunch in a Viña del Mar where the palm tree lined boulevards, sandy beaches and big waves crashing on the shore mean that it has been likened to the Miami coast.