Final days in Santiago
Trip Start Dec 06, 2005
80Trip End Jun 17, 2006
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Decided to try and go rafting on the Maipo river (around an hour out of santiago). Meant to be great level 4 rapids, on a "slightly murkier river" than those in the south. Apparently the river had too much water for the next 3 weeks so there was no rafting. Logically, it could be becuase Andes snow is melting as summer hits, dramatically increasing the water flow
Anyway we found a large park-camping-picnic-walking complex thing on the side of the road and it was quite nice, they had a great swimming pool to compensate for the lack of swimming in the river, a moderate number of people there but i think peak season starts in late Jan so it was quiet which suited us. walked around, ate, swam and sunbaked, took in the clean mountain air which is quite a contrast to the smog of Santiago, and headed back to home base.
That night I had my second live music experience in Chile, and it was a great one. Took a dodgy cab out to a suburb called Ņuņoa with Neil and Annette, there was a band playing at a bar called La Batuta. When we got there there were 4 people in the place, but we just had to wait a few minutes before the crowds started to come in
Next day I had a fun morning of bureaucracy with the Brazilian consulate and bank cheques, etc. Have now said goodbye to my passport for a week to get a brazil visa. Hopefully I will get it back before my flight/bus trip to peru... Anyway a few hours of being pissed off with unfriendly, unhelpful bureaucrats, I showed Al around santiago - plaza de armas, presidential palace (la moneda), cerro santa lucia,... Then met up with Neil and Annette and we went up to the metropolitan gardens with giant virgin statue. Time to head to Valparaiso for a couple of days before big new years party.