South America Journals

South America Explorer

A December 2006 trip to South America by Sandy Goes

Marriott Santiago Photo, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Land tour of Santiago, Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina,Chilean lake district, and a 14 day cruise aboard the Norwegian Crown through the Chilean Fjords and glaciers.

South America Explorer

Overview

Vina del Mar often called the Miami of South Amerca Photo, Vina del Mar, Chile
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South America takes in an enormous geographic and cultural diversity. We visited 4 of 13 South American countries, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Falkland Islands in a trip combined with visits to Santiago Chile where we spent three nights in a hotel. We then boarded a cruise ship for a 14 day cruise and ended up spending three nights in a hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tour was hosted and arranged by Vanguard Travel. A Program Manager met us at the airport, transported us to hotels, and to the cruise ship. He was available to offer advise as well as optional land excursions while staying in Chile and Argentina.On the ship we booked optional tours through the cruise line; see s...Read More

Marriott Santiago

Hotel | "Santiago Marriott Hotel"

Marriott Santiago Photo, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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Deluxe accommodations. Our large and comfortable hotel room faced the beautiful snow-capped Andes mountains. What a bright greeting to our day! Hotel included plenty of amenities; concierge services, Internet, comfortable and luxury bedding with plenty of pillows, gift shop, currency exchange, complementary coffee, ATM/bank, multilingual staff, health club, uniformed security on site, in-room safe, plus all of your usual hotel amenities.Full buffet breakfast was included with our travel package. Beautiful and inviting hotel lobby featured Tapas specials on certain nights and also had piano music. The hotel is conveniently located near buses and taxis stops.Within...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2007

Marriott Santiago
Av Presidente Kennedy 5741
Santiago, Chile 6772208
+56 (2) 426-2000

Plaza de Armas

Attraction

Plaza de Armas Photo,
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Santiago is the capital and biggest city in Chile. Not a major sightseeing city and you can get around on foot in the downtown district. The main square, Plaza de Armas, seems to be where everyone congregates. Much of the housing is for college students. You get a sense of the poverty of the region downtown as it is a bit run down, although lots of building is going on and there seems to be efforts to make improvements. I was just a bit weary of pickpockets in the crowded square area although I had no problem. Visit the Palacio de la Moneda and see changing of the guard held in front of the palace on alternate days at 10am. Visit the cathedral; a combination of neoclassical and Ba...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 6, 2007

Plaza de Armas
Catedral y Monjitas
Santiago, Chile

Portillo Ski Resort

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Attraction

Portillo Ski Resort Photo,
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A day trip approximately 2 1/2 hours outside of Santiago took us to the Chilean countryside on our way to the exclusive ski resort Portillo. On our way we stopped for authentic empanadas and Chilean beer. The empanadas were baked outside in a kiln type oven. This authentic South American treat was really delicious. The empanadas were filled with a beef and onion mixture, hard boiled eggs and olives (beware, the olives had pits)and was very inexpensive.The road leading to the ski resort was full of switchbacks and a bit of a hairy ride with no railings or fences. As it was summer, the landscape was rather barren although there was snow on top of the mountain. What...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2007

Portillo Ski Resort
Renato Sánchez 4270
Santiago, Chile
+56 (2) 2630606

Cerro San Cristobal

Attraction | "San Cristobal"

Cerro San Cristobal Photo,
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A visit to San Cristobal is a highlight in Santiago to get a panoramic view of the city. On a clear day you can see all over the city with the Andes Mountains looming in the background. You can access the top of the mountain by car, funicular, or cable car. At the top is the 40' statue of the Virgin, a must see visit for the religious believers. The view is a bit marred by the surrounding electrical towers and wires.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 6, 2007

Cerro San Cristobal

Santiago, Chile