After a crazy long walk in the city we tried to have an early night as we wanted to go to
Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar the next day, we still ended up eating at 12.30 ish in the
morning and went to bed at 1.30 am.
The next day we were supposed to leave the hostel at about 7.30 am but as all of us were so
tired from the early night had yesterday,we left at 9ish. Like Anto mentioned before the city didnt look busy at all,which wassurprising.
Anyway we got to the train station and our poor unpaid bilingual translator Ivan asked for the
right tickets. We had to get to this train station to catch our bus to Valparaiso which was
a just under 2 hours journey. All of us slept like babies the whole way. Oh no I almost forgot to mention,
on our way there were these massive billboards of lingerie models in the middle of massive
mountains which was wierd and both Ivan and Anto had not really got any talent in Santiago
city, were trying to take shots of these indiviual models but, were missing it by that much! (my get smart comment). In the end, there was a massive billboard with all 3 and My Gosh it was amazing the way their eyes caught it from far and both were ready to click the shot.Both were half dead before this.
Moving on, we got to Valparaiso, and as we got off the bus, there was this promotion girl for a
tourism company trying to get us to buy this traip around Valparaiso. Anth and I got out of
the bus first and we didnt really fall for it, yes not even Anth. But then Ivan was the poor
victim and got dragged to the office and had to listen to the offer.
Anyway after wasting about 10 mins there, we were on our way to the Port where we were
expecting to see some Naval ships and were werent disappointed. We had
lunch at this place which was literally on the port. Both boys who werent into Steaks all this time, had
fish with me. This was first great meal in Chile. And of course there had to be Pisco Soursto go with it.
I got a Mango Sour as Piscos were a bit too strong for me.
After a great lunch we started walking into these small streets through this hill and
then hopped on a tram looking service to go to the top of this hill (not sure if this hill hás a name). Once we got to there, we walked around in the market full of souveniers. Walking down the streets of this hill was so
amazing, just the different colours on the houses and the paintings on the walls was breath taking.
After we got off the hill we made our way to Vina Del Mar via train where the beaches were. I loved the train ride on the way it was just on the coastline so the view was just great. After we got off the station we walked for about 15-20 minutes to make our way to the beach. We expected a bit of crowd as it was pretty warmish day. But to our surprise the beach was absolutely packed. The boys didnt know what to do and where to look. I thought melbourne´s water is cold to get in, the water here so cold that I had a brain freeze as it touched my toes. Ivan and I werent feeling that well so we decided not to go in. Anto was pretty excited to get into the water but backed off aswell. Saying that even if the water was tôo cold for us to get in, the beach was pretty scenic.
We then took a walk on the beach to see what was going on.There was nothing really appealing, 3 days, 3 different spots of Chile and the story was the same, the guys were pretty disappointing,hope its gets better in Argentina and Brazil. As far as the hunka meter góes Chile got a 4.5/10 (massive disappointment).
Anyway we left the beach were on and we were getting on the other side of Vina De Mar, a beach that Ivan´s friend hád suggessted to visit. By now we had already walked for about 3 hours.We did see some good spots and took photos on our way to the other beachv,dont really have specific names for these places. Although, one good spot was this castle looking building called Wulff Castle. Its a museum, hás a collection of items reflecting the history of Vina. We also saw some expensive homes on the coasts of Vina.
It hád got very hot and late by the time we reached this other beach Playa Acapulco. There were some crazy apartment buildings which would have a great view of this beach.
We decided to leave soonish, all of us were pretty tired and had to get to the bus station to get back to Santiago.
I actually didnt realise how long of a walk it was going to be, to get to the bus station. I was told its not too far.
I was not happy. We must have walked atleast 2 hours. As I was getting really bitchy about the long walk, Anto tried to trick me into looking that these clothes from a distance said we can take a bit of a breather in there.As we got closer we realise that it was an international market with things from all over South América and a bit from Carribbean. It was a good experince. After the breather we walked and walked and walked again. As we were getting closer to the bus stop Ivan decided to buy a Empanada. Anto and I thought, once we would get to Santiago we would have dinner so didnt get anything. But as we got into the bus we got so hungry, had to stare at Ivan and his Empanada till we fell asleep.
The bus ride was pretty smooth got to Sanitago at about 10.30 ish and took connecting train to take us to our Hostel. By this time it was pretty late but we decided to have bite so we ended sharing a savoury and desert crepe. It was Ivan´s turn to stare.
All in all we had a great day trip to Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar and looking forward to this scenic bus ride to Mendoza,Argentina tommorrow. All the best to Ivan, our first new friend in South América, who was leaving for Colômbia the next day.
Good Nite !!