Thursday, 22 July 2010

Touching down in Santiago

Well, here we are, having touched down at the beginning of this year’s ‘big trip’. Where are we? Currently in Santiago, Chile. We’ll be here for a while, before heading up and through Bolivia to Peru, before flying back down to Chile again at the end. With one final stop left, we’ll then fly home.

I’m hoping that with the wonders of modern technology (aka my netbook and the odd sprinkling of wireless), I’ll be able to update every so often on the road. But we’ll see as the trip progresses.

So, why South America? It’s hard to get across on paper (or the virtual form of anyway…) but I have been really really excited about this trip. It’s been at the top of my list for years now, and although more recently I have started to set my sights further and further than I would have allowed myself to imagine five or ten years ago, the beautiful and diverse South American countries have always remained in the forefront of my mind. Deciding where to go was trickier, although the top position that Peru held helped to form the itinerary. The Inca trail has always been a dream (although my fitness level is somewhat suspect!) and the availability of a range of activities, sites and different cultures throughout Chile and Bolivia completed the route.

Although we’ve discussed this trip for a few years now, this is the first time we felt in a position to do it properly – flying to South America is very expensive for us, and the length of our stay and intended activities help rack up the cost further. If we were going to do it, we wanted to make sure we wouldn’t miss out on anything.

Arriving in Santiago was relatively easy – the flight is long and therefore of course uncomfortable, but the entry into Chile was fast and straightforward; we were through immigration and baggage reclaim in a matter of minutes, onto a bus and then the metro, and into the centre in under an hour!

So, now a few days to explore what (an extremely cold…) Santiago has to offer! Now, where did I pack my scarf??

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