Yesterday was a very relaxing day. We began the day with a nice breakfast in the complimentary Executive Lounge and then made our way to downtown Santiago Plaza de Armas to watch the Chile vs Netherlands football match. After grabbing a cup of coffee we found a local pub to watch the game at, and met some fellow Americans as well. The local crowd was quite disappointed in the 2-0 result, but Chile will still advance to the next round.
After the game, we headed back to Plaza de Armas to begin our Free “Tours for Tips” walking tour. The tour was led by a Bolivian man named Joaquin, who proceeded to take us around the city for 4 hours. During the tour we stopped at numerous government buildings, parks, cultural establishments, air force club, opera house, local universities.
Joaquin had us try a traditional Chilean drink called “Pisco Sour”, which has grape liquor and lemon juice. Nikhil also sampled a beef empanada.
After the tour we headed back to the hotel to sample some local Chilean wine and some hors d’oeuvre.
So far during the trip, we have yet to find a good local meal and have struggled to find good options. Perhaps, we just need to find the right locations.
Next stop – Valparaiso city on the coast of Chile