Chile

Shortly before we moved from Texas to England, we went on a 10-day trip to Chile.  Mrs. DTG’s cousin was getting married and this provided a perfect excuse for what turned out to be an amazing trip.

After visiting family, our first stop was to Cerro San Cristóbal, a hill in northern Santiago.  Standing 300m above the rest of the city, we were treated to some incredible 360 degree views with the snow-capped Andes to the east providing the perfect backdrop.

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On the hill’s summit, there is a chapel and a 22m statue of the Virgin Mary.

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As we were leaving, the sun was setting just right and I was able to capture the photo below.  I seriously think this is the best picture I’ve ever taken, at the least it’s probably my favorite.

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Next, we couldn’t travel to Chile in July without going skiing.  Since we were short on time, we could only get in one ski day.  Located just outside of Santiago, Valle Nevado was our chosen resort.  Normally, it would only be a 1.5-2 hour drive, but with traffic delays it took us nearly four hours!  Thankfully, the weather was beautiful and the powder was perfect.  You couldn’t ask for a better ski day.

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First time skiing on a mountain with no trees!

One of my favorite parts of the trip was a visit to a family friend’s house about an hour west of Santiago.  The views in this part of the country (and really every part we visited) were breathtaking.  Pictures really do not do any justice.

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How would you like this view from your backyard?

While visiting this family friend, we were treated to the most amazing meal(s) I think I’ve ever had.  You cannot imagine the amount of delicious food and drink we consumed.  Seriously, check out these empanadas fresh out of the oven!

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From there, we took a day trip to the coast, passing through Valparaiso and stopping in Viña Del Mar.  Although it was a quite gloomy day, I can imagine it would be a really nice place to visit in the summer.

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The remainder of our trip was spent exploring Santiago.

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Castillo Hidalgo, Cerro Santa Lucia

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Walking through downtown Santiago

To get around, we did have a rental car that we used primarily for our day trips outside of the city.  Within Santiago, we used Uber almost exclusively which was a quick and inexpensive way to get where we wanted to go without worrying about parking or anything like that.

Chile is an absolutely beautiful country and in our short time there we only got a small taste of it.  One thing is for certain, we’ll definitely be making another trip there sometime down the road, hopefully for much longer!

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