My cousin has been living in Valparaiso, Chile since February. In March her mom asked me if I wanted to go visit, and of course I said yes!! I bought my ticket and eagerly awaited the South American Adventure that I would never take on my own.
Day 1: Fly out from MSP, change planes in Atlanta, Land in Santiago, Chile at 8:30 am. We immediately dropped our suitcases in the hotel and started touring the city. My favorite part of the day was climbing the Santa Lucia Hill, which I dubbed “urban hiking”. Imagine if there was a random hill and castle ruins off of Washington Avenue in Minneapolis…..This is basically what it was, and so great to get views of the city!
Day 2: Plane ride to Bolivia. The Pope had arrived the day before (and was already on to other areas of the country) but there were billboards EVERYWHERE welcoming him. We spent some time wandering to find our hotel, but finally found it, and inhaled some lunch.
…..There was a little misunderstanding at lunch. We really enjoyed the soup and salad buffet. And proceeded to get seconds on the soup….only for them to bring out the second course (the meat, potatoes, and veggies pictured middle right), Oops! We ate what we could and then went to find the Witches Market. (which featured dead llamas, which I did not photograph).
Day 3: Bus travel to Copacabana! We managed to be the only “gringos” on the bus, and at one point everyone exited the bus. We assumed they wanted to buy a snack, or go to the bathroom where we had briefly stopped. Little did we know EVERYONE had to exit the bus and take a ferry across some water.
We hiked to the top of a hill (Cerro Calvario) in Copacabana and enjoyed getting a full view of the city and bordering Lake Titicaca. It was this night that my lack of sleep and slightly sore throat escalated.
Day 4 was supposed to include a “death walk” but…..TO BE CONTINUED.
Are you constantly “on the go” on vacation? Do you do lots of research before a trip? Or just “go with the flow”?