Exploring Santiago de Chile and Rafting on the Rio Maipo

April 21, 2007

After all the fun I had in Buenos Aires, I took the plane over to Santiago de Chile as I heard that rafting on the Rio Maipo was supposed to be great. I could see the icy top of the Andes Mountains from the plane. santiago chile

View of Santiago de Chile

View of Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile

Santiago Chile

Santiago de Chile is one of the least exciting capitals in the World. The three days I spent there were more than enough. I could visit the whole city center in a few hours. Plaza de Armas is the main square.

Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile

I saw some local folks dancing in front of the City Hall by local women dressed in their authentic outfit. There were a couple of cool art museums to visit, such as the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombiano. I saw some cool art work there. After that I hiked up to the Santa Lucia Park. It was a beautiful park with a fantastic view to the entire city.

Santa Lucia Park - Santiago Chile

Santa Lucia Park – Santiago Chile

The park has stairs and fountains leading up to the fort and a viewpoint on the top of the hill. Because I have seen everything in a day in Santiago de Chile, I went rafting to the Rio Maipo on the next day.

Rafting in Rio Maipo

The river was about an hour away from Santiago. We all had to dress up in a funny waterproof gear. The water was cold, but we enjoyed the view of the surrounding mountains. It was very pretty. The currents were pretty strong sometimes so it made it all more exciting. We were all totally wet by the end of the rafting adventure. I made some new friends with a Peruvian girl and some Venezuelan guys and we spent the afternoon hiking together in the mountains. The best thing about traveling alone is that I always meet very interesting people along the road. This way I have friends all over the World.

Rafting on Rio Maipo in Santiago

Rafting on Rio Maipo in Santiago

 

 

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Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

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