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Anybody been to Chile?

Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub' started by gatordavisl, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. gatordavisl

    gatordavisl VIP Member

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    I'm heading to Valparaiso next week. Will spend a few days in Santiago and about 10 days in Valparaiso. Going with a group of colleagues and will be working a little bit, but will have plenty of time to take in some cultural offerings. Have you been? What should I expect? What should I seek to see & do? How is the food? I know the wine can be very good, but have actually heard the coffee is not. How can that be?
     
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  2. exiledgator

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    The coffee is laughable.

    I spent a lot of time in Chile 20 years ago. Back then most places served nescafe. Or as we'd call it, no es cafe. :D hopefully that's changed.

    I don't know the Santiago area well. As I headed south pretty quick, then jumped north to the Aticama and over to Bolivia and Peru. There are big mountains/volcanoes to the east of the city that I'm sure would be worth the trip.

    Chileans are very kind hard-working people. I was invited into many homes for meals.

    The food wasn't amazing. IMO. Try an Alpaca steak, tho. When in Rome....

    Doesn't sound like you have the time, but if you do, catch a plane down to Puerto Montt, and take excursions to Alerce Andino park and the Grande Isle de Chiloe.
     
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    The food wasn't anything special. Applebies, TGIF, Chili...all about the same
     
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    I’m envious. I’ve only been to its border with Argentina. Some of my wife’s friends moved there when Trump was elected and love it.

    I’d tell you to check out the largest swimming pool in the world but it’s only open to residents. Maybe you have the cash to buy a condo. :p
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    Will you be there in time to see the eclipse? If yes, that will be the highlight of your trip.
     
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    Never been, but used to work with a guy that went skiing there every summer.
     
  7. gatordavisl

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    Unfortunately, no. We leave on Thursday.
     
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    Yeah - interesting that it's winter down there. The temps will mostly be 40s-50s, which is just like May for those of us up here in northern MN. :)
     
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    Holy Mother of the mountains . . . that thing is 1k meters in length! Could maybe swim it once and call it a day. :cool:
     
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  11. gatordavisl

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    Checking back in. Had a great trip. Sharing some photos here.
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    Did you have trouble finding decent coffee?
     
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  17. gatordavisl

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    Yes. @exiledgator was correct about Nescafé. There are coffee shops, but not nearly as abundant; surprisingly, very little coffee culture in Chile.
     
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    No, but I had it for dinner last night.
     
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    That's too bad about the coffee. Glad the trip was a success otherwise.

    Eat any Alpaca?
     
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    Didn't see that on the menu. Had a few nice meals, but overall was not impressed with the food. We had a really good, huge sandwich at a place that served completas & beer with orange soda. Sandwich was good; beer . . . :emoji_thumbsdown: