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February 13-14, 2015

Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile
 

We arrived in Santiago February 13, 2015.  We stayed in the Intercontinental Hotel which upgraded our room to the Presidential Suite since they made us wait several hours before check in. (Lou really drives a hard bargain!)  The suite was fantastic.  Seven huge rooms, including an executive dining room, bedroom, sitting room, sun room, sauna, etc.  The views of the Santiago skyline from the sunroom were phenomenal. 

We boarded a bus the next morning for the port city of Valparaiso, where the Golden Princess awaited us.  Valparaiso is a bay bordered by steep hills, stately old Victorian homes, cable cars. Populated in 1536, and named after the birthplace of conquistador Diego de Almagro, Valparaiso is Chile's oldest city. It is also the gateway to Chile's central valley and the capital of Santiago. With a population of over 5 million people, Santiago sprawls at the feet of the snow-capped Andes. The Maipo Valley, Chile's internationally renowned wine district is a short drive to the south.

 

City and Port

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