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Day 22 - Santiago, Chile

sunny 28 °C

Today we walked from our hotel to Parque Metropolitano (also known as Cerro San Cristóbal) which rises 300m above Santiago. The walking trail also doubles as a mountain bike trail, so was quite steep in places and very dusty. The park covers 722 hectares and is topped by a 14m high statue of the Virgin Mary. The statue is on an 8m high pedestal and is lit up at night so it can be seen from all over the city. In front of the statue is a large amphitheatre to hold outdoor masses and loud speakers were playing church/chanting music.
There are beautiful but hazy views of the city and the snow-capped Andes mountains.

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From there, we walked down into the historic area of the city and the Plaza de Armas, which is surrounded by the beautiful buildings such as the Cathedral and the Royal Palace.

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Next was the Plaza de la Constitucion and Palacio La Moneda (from 1814 to 1929 this building was the colonial mint - it now houses the President and 3 cabinet ministers ).

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On the way to the historic district, we'd spotted a park called Cerro Santa Lucia, so we decided to grab a cold drink and sit in the park for a bit. We found a corner shop that also sold cakes! - we went to a counter to pay, but they rang up our purchases on the till and then sent us to a booth to pay.
The park is on a hill with a fort and great views across the city (you can just see the snow caps amongst the haze and clouds).

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The Mapocho river runs through Santiago and for most of the city it has park areas on the south side. Lots of people are sitting enjoying the nice weather and a band is tuning up ready to play later. We followed the river back to the district we were staying in (Barrio Providencia).
By the time we got back to the hotel, I had very dusty feet!

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After a short rest and shower at the hotel, we walked to a large shopping mall to find a restaurant for dinner.
By the time we got back to the hotel our feet were sore as we'd walked over 13 miles

Posted by JenBuckley 14:36 Archived in Chile

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