“All we could see was the dust on the road ahead” Che Guevera – The Motorcycle Diaries
Valparaíso to Santiago is just a couple of hours on the bus. Here in the Chilean capital I rented apartments with rooftop views, allowing me to photograph aerial views of the city at dawn and dusk. It was also good to have a kitchen and be able to cook my own dinner. Although by the time I’d located a supermarket, rounded up the ingredients, and created the cuisine (Pasta Amatriciana) it was about midnight.
While in town I visited (and dined) at the Central Mercado – famous for its seafood, which you can see at stalls , fresh, ready for sale, and sit at the restaurants inside to consume it. Also paid a visit to the Cerro San Cristóbal and sat with tourists, cyclists and locals to watch the sun lower itself over the horizon. (Don’t try and walk back down from here – it takes two hours on the winding road!)
I couldn’t describe the city without mentioning the stand-up coffee shops, with their (mostly) beautiful, and well endowed waitresses, why hasn’t this caught on in London, or anywhere?! Must be the lack of seating I suppose. Sadly I have no pictures of these enticing establishments, you’ll have to use your imagination, or pay a visit.
On the horizon next for me was the mythical landscapes of Patagonia, and The Torres del Paine National Park, via Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales.