Santiago is a nice city with periodic views of the towering Andes to the east, intermittently visible between the buildings and urban streets. The people here are really nice, and there are fewer mullets than in the north. There is a great metro system that is clean, modern, easy to use and has a flat fee. It can get us to the major areas of the city, and back to our neighborhood of Barrio Brazil. There are also lots of pedestrian streets (paseos) throughout the city that are nice to walk on where people can walk on the whole street and cars either can´t drive on them or are severely restricted.
We’re staying in a nice hostel, with courtyards and a kitchen we can use to cook out own food. We have a grocery store down the street, so it has been nice to not eat out so much, and save some money as well. It´s in an old building with lots of character, we have high ceilings and tall windows, with lots of ornamental woodwork. We also have two nice courtyards with chairs and laundry lines, with grapes growing on the sides of the building. The area has lots of really old buildings, that look faded and worn from their original glory, but the workmanship, attention to detail and ornamentation make for an interesting streetscape.
Bellavista is an neighborhood we visited with well kept older buildings and
upscale shopping and eating. We also went to the national historic museum, which had the complex history of Chile, finishing with the coup against Salvador Allende and the following rule by the military dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Now we´re off on another overnight bus, this time to Pucon, down south. We will be camping and hiking in Huerquehue park, so we might not be on the internet for a about a week…