Things to do in Santiago
My husband and I will be in Santiago 2 days before our tour begins next year. Also, we have the morning/afternoon before the opening dinner open. What might be some suggestions on what to do during these available times? Thank-you.
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We are and are excited about it.
Also, re: Rio, if you go there -- a long walk down the beach (we stayed at the JW Marriott on Copacabana) (to the north end ??) is a resturant called "Marius" which our guide strongly suggested. There is a lot of food and it is definitely a "sight to behold" I referred to it as a wonderful place to play "I SPY a...". As our guide Gus said, be sure to check out the banos!! (Gus also said it was a 5 to 10 min. walk from the hotel-- more like 30 - we took a cab back.
Also, when you see the elaborate sand castles on the beach (most about the Olympics), be prepared to leave a "tip" if you take a picture! They'll chase you down!
Peg B., Minneapolis
Our trip with Tauck was terrific. Bring very warm clothing for the first half of the trip, crossing the lakes and being in the mountains was cold. You will need a fleece vest and windbreaker, really closed in shoes (with socks) a hat and scarf and some people had on gloves. Some of the gals (and men) ended up buying local sweaters and capes in Patagonia, which were pretty. A small backpack is good for your day trips, but we had no problem with our regular size carry on bags with the smaller planes of the in tour flights. Be ready to eat a lot of food. It seems as though we were stopping to eat often, but there is a lot of walking involved, so you can work it off...
Enjoy your trip and let us know if you require any additional details.
Pat & David Hatwell
After joining the tour we were strongly discouraged from using any of the other cities metro systems. Rio ended up being everyone's favorite city. Being in early spring, we were soundly soaked throughout the trip and esp. at both sides of the fantastic Iguazo Falls...it appeared most of the folks who had purchased those plastic ponchos at the hotel came through pretty well except for their feet...we had goretex lined shoes and were comfortable (and dry).
Zip-lining was interesting for a few hardy souls...my husband agreed with the guide...the hardest part was climbing up the high steps to get to the first of several levels.
Re: Carry-ons. Tauck allowed us to tag our carry-on's the night before and they were transported as regular luggage. I had one of those Tote fold-up bags and used just for the flights. All scanning was terrific! Just looking for metal...not liquids. Don't forget however, the day you return to the USA and go thru screening, you will be screening again for liquids and metals.
This is a VERY casual tour...no jewelry necessary...cheap travel watches...no jackets or skirts required, and in fact, save your jewelry $$$ for Rio!
Hope this info helps...
Also, someone from an Oct. trip mentioned the cold in Patagonia---anyone know if we need to bundle up as much in December?
Thanks for your help.