We have arrived at our final post about the great debacle otherwise known as our 5th anniversary trip back in February. We were to have several days in Santiago, but we’d just been worn out by our bad luck & terrible planning. We decided to switch our flights around & come home a day early just to recover from the stress & put it all behind us. Instead of doing a proper walking tour of Santiago on our last day, we headed towards San Cristobal Hill to ride the funicular to the top for fabulous views of the city below us.
At the top of the hill is a huge statue of the Virgin Mary, as well as a lovely little stone Catholic church and some little shops.
We could see some of the parks & cool buildings we’d toured via bicycle 2 days before & hiked all the way up to the base of the sculpture, where you could go inside and light candles or pray.
The views up there were amazing- seeing the city stretch out for miles right up the Andean foothills, but it was HOT up there!
Our last and final stop before heading to the hotel to spend our afternoon waiting by the pool for our midnight flight was a tour of Pablo Neruda ‘s house just around the corner. He was a fascinating man and lived quite an interesting life while creating some amazing poetry and literature. We had lunch at a small little courtyard of restaurants and shops in a tourist area, and then slowly made our way back to the hotel and being more than happy to end our trip day early.
GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Finally cleared 800,000 lifetime flight miles with Continental (United).