The Photogenic Capital City

Trip Start Mar 14, 2004
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Che Lagarto Hostel Santiago De Chile

Flag of Chile  , Región Metropolitana,
Friday, February 23, 2007

Arriving in Santiago, I discovered a city that is organized, modern, and architecturally photogenic.  And just a few kilometers away sits the second highest mountain range in the world, The Andes.  It's a nice city to walk around and take photos of all the buildings and stuff.  The only downside, is there's a problem with all the smog that hangs over the city.  I didn't realize this until I went up a hill called San Cristobal that has a great view over the city.  It was definitely not so easy to see the nearby mountains or into the distance too far.  In fact, I have no photos that even prove the The Andes mountains are there... and they're so close.  Anyway, I spent my few days here walking around all day and the evenings talking to people I meet in the hostel.  I am running into people I know all the time.  When I first checked in, I never even made it to my room before I recognized two people I met before in Argentina.   

The hostel I worked at in Montevideo, Che Lagarto, also has one here too. So I was looking forward to a healthy discount.  They only gave me a couple bucks off but I guess anything helps in Chile.  Santiago is nice but I am back in full-throttle travel mode and not hanging around.  I'm off .....
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