Being in 3rd lockdown in United Kingdom got me dreaming about travelling and places that we can’t go to just yet. I would love to keep this website as fresh as possible, but knowing that it might be years until I will travel properly I decided to start uploading my previous travel experiences here. It makes me feel better, to put it out here, it’s kind of like my gratitude and diary post, as I am super thankful I was able to see those places.
2020 helped my realize that most precious thing I have is memories. Not clothes ( I spent hundreds on Asos and Shein, please don’t judge me I know you did too haha), not fridge magnets, but MEMORIES.
In 2019 I became a cabin crew and had the honor of seeing so many countries and setting foot at almost every continent possible!
If you ask me, what is my favorite country that i have seen i will say – chile
Probably ex aequo with South Africa! But still. It’s very high on top of my list, and in today’s post you’ll find out why.
Maybe let’s start from short introduction to the country and it’s statistics and location:
Country that is located in South West of America with the capital in Santiago. It is second ‘longest’ country in the World, right after Brazil, which is quite cool if you ask me! Because that means it’s very differentiated when it comes to climate. There are deserts like Atacama – the driest place on Earth; mountains, beaches and even penguins in the South Chile! Official language of this country is Spanish. You might know Chile from the fact that Andes Mountains are there too. Beautiful mountains I might add! With the highest peak of Ojos del Salado (6893 metres above sea level).
With having 3 full days to sight see and do activities I have chosen following things to do near Santiago (and fully recommending it!):
1. Colina Hot Springs and Andes visit
Drive there it’s so pretty by itself. Views surrounding that place are truly magical. I mean just look! Soaking in hot water never looked so good haha! If you are coming here by car, it has to stay at the bottom of the hill, and then you climb the stairs up. Near the spring is changing room and toilet, so you don’t have to climb stairs just in your bikini (as it might be quite windy and cold over there).
Also, there are couple of hot spring pools in Andes, but I loved those the most as there are multiple ‘puddles’ with different temperature. Obviously I loved the hottest one the most as I am usually cold no matter the season of the year 😉
Obviously, to get to the hot springs you gotta pass and see Andes Mountains, and the view is unforgettable. So scenic, breathtaking. We have been there in early spring, and I can imagine that during Autumn and Winter there are much more colder and snowier over here. You can choose to simply ride by car and see the mountains or attempt to climb one of the peaks, however I haven’t done that so can’t say much about the difficulty level!
2. Horse riding
Last time I have been horse riding was back in kindergarten. No joke. So it has been a while. When I have heard this idea I was very cautious, but I really wanted to try it, especially in that beautiful Chilean nature surroundings. I would definitely do it again.
3. White water rafting
I’ll be completely honest with you from the start. When I was offered to participate in this activity I said ‘no’ without even thinking. I though it’s this dangerous activity, that I’d never do in my life. Maybe that was connected to my fear of water – as I have learnt how to swim only when I was 21! Anyways. My friends had to convince me, and they used only weapon that works. The fact that straight after we would go wine tasting haha. It worked! I had to face my fears and brace myself. And it was THE BEST decision in my life, such a nice, full of adrenaline experience! The rapids were not that scary, and I was actually the one shouting the loudest to cheer our team! If you think you are too scared to do it – DO IT ANYWAY! You won’t regret it, I promise.
4. Go wine tasting
You simply have to! There are tons of vineyards in Chile, and even around Santiago, so whichever you will choose I am sure it will be perfect! If you will ask for guide I suppose that will be even better because they will show you around and explain how things work/worked in that specific place. We had a tour of the vineyard, even inside, and been shown machines that are processing grapes! How cool is that?!
5. Climb or take a cable car up to San Cristobal Hill
I guess we took the easy way – with return ticket to the top by cable car. Just because it was super hot! And it was already our 3rd day of sightseeing, we wanted to do something light. It was great decision because there is so much to see at the top! You can see worship place, go eat in the restaurant, even sunbathe or swim in the public pool! Choices are endless. I suppose climbing it also is wonderful – so maybe next time!
I hope you liked this post about things to do near Santiago! That was hands down one of the top trips of 2019! I am incredibly lucky that I was able to travel to Chile with my work and experience this wonderful country. When I am there again, I am definitely going to do some of those things once again, as it would be rude not to!
Which activity appears to you the most and why? Or would you like to do them all?
Let me know!
Till the next time!
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