Trip Start Dec 14, 2009
15Trip End Dec 29, 2009
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I arrived in Santiago with my parents around 9:30AM. Damian and Shelley soon arrived too. Together we went to our hotel, the Ritz Carlton, to check in.
Around 1PM we took a private tour. Of course our first stop was to eat lunch. I got to sample some Chilean beers.
Our next stop was San Cristobal which is a hill (mountain) which rose 900 feet and provided fantastic 360 degree panaramic views of the city. On the top was a statue of the Virgen de la Imaculada.
Next we took a drive through Bellavista. I wish we would have more time to walk around but it was just a quick pass through. The buildings were in bright colors and many decorated with artistic graffiti.
Next stop was the preColombian museum with terrific artifacts from numerous cultures in the Americas.
We then walked through Santiago and visited the Alberto Cruz-Mont and Union Club buildings.
Finally we visited Iglesia San Francisco which was one of the earliest settlements from the 1500s.
Back at the hotel we met the tour group at 6:30PM to meet the tour group and then had a dinner together. The wine was endless.