The last two months have been fairly low-key.  An opportunity to house sit for some friends-of-friends in Santiago, Chile came up and in order for the timing to work out, we needed to first kill a couple of weeks in Mendoza, Argentina before heading to Santiago.

Our time in Mendoza was nice because the apartment we rented was on San Martin Park, a beautifully treed 1,000-acre park in Mendoza.  We made daily runs through park and up to the top of Cerro de la Gloria, the hill overlooking town.

San Martin Park – Mendoza

Then in early December we made our way over the mountain pass surrounded by the beautiful Andes and headed to Santiago.  Despite the daunting hairpin turns, the drive to Santiago is absolutely breathtaking with nothing but sky and mountains not to mention a stunning view of Aconcagua – the highest mountain in the western hemisphere.

Hairpin turns on the pass to Chile

Base of Aconcagua – our 2nd time to see it but this time with clearer skies

Our friends-of-friends were heading to the states to spend the holidays with family and needed someone to watch over their house and take care of their weimaraner.   We were surprised by how modern of a city Santiago is. We enjoyed hiking up to the top of San Cristóbal Hill, going out and seeing the city, and enjoyed some good seafood and ‘completos’, a hot dog loaded up with a ton of toppings, including guacamole!  In addition, we enjoyed a day trip over to the picturesque coastal town of Valparaiso. We have thoroughly enjoyed the peacefulness of the last few weeks here as we prepare ourselves to head South for our next South American adventure.

View of Santiago from San Cristobal Hill

Enjoying a “Completo” in Santiago

This week we start our trek south to Patagonia!  Our plan is to spend the months of January and February down south (where it’s cooler!) and seeing beautiful places like Puerto Montt, Bariloche, Torres del Paine, and the list goes on. It’s been nice to have some downtime and live rent free for a month but we’re antsy for some more adventure.

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