Chile, Argentina & Uruguay: Day 3

December 22, 2010

Before my evening flight to Easter Island, Kyle and Emily took me on a quick tour of downtown Santiago.  After brunch, we set off to visit most of the major sites and at some of them I was able to witness the recent earthquake damage.  Emily wrote an in depth post about this day, in case you are interested you can find it here.  The following photos are from our walk together:

We were not able to see everything, but Kyle and Emily told me that was their “secret plan” in order to lure me back to Santiago.  They sure know how to make a girl feel loved!  I refused to say goodbye to them, rather I said see you later, since I would be briefly returning to Santiago after my trip to Easter Island.

Words of advice when booking a trip to Easter Island: if you desire to go, do not procrastinate in booking your tickets, as flights are very limited and tend to sellout quickly.  I highly recommend booking your flight at least three to six months in advance.  I was extremely lucky that there were first class seats still available, otherwise I would have not been able to go.  LAN Chile is an excellent airline, but their first class seats are pure luxury.  They give you a comforter to keep warm, enough said right?

The flight from Santiago to Easter Island was almost six hours long, which felt like an eternity since I was so eager to be there.  Not only was I excited to be on the island, I was also excited to see my hotel.  Erina, my travel agent, had discovered a brand new hotel that had recently opened named Hotel Altiplanico.  She did not know much about it, however from everything we could find online it seemed perfect.

I was picked up by the hotel at the airport and immediately I was donned with a floral lei around my neck.  As we pulled up to the hotel the sun had just disappeared over the horizon and I could see the silhouette of a Moai off in the distance with the ocean as a backdrop.  If it sounds surreal, it was!  I was then given a welcome pisco and led to my room.  It was a little cabin that I would best describe as understated elegance.  I simply could not ask for more.

I fell asleep that night to the sound of the Polynesian waves.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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37 thoughts on “Chile, Argentina & Uruguay: Day 3

  1. Laura

    Wow, that hotel looks fantastic! We looked at EI flights when planning our January trip and they were $$$ so your advice is spot on! Love the pic of the light shining through Mercado Central!

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  3. Kirsten Alana

    I WANT TO GO TO EASTER ISLAND!!! Ok, first these pics are pretty fantastic Andi!! If you get too much better, you’ll threaten mine and Kyle’s job 😉 This adventure just seems soooo amazing and I think it’s so fun to read about it and experience it through your words! Can’t wait to someday have a sweet adventure of my own like this with you love!!!!!!!!

  4. Jade

    Love the post and pics! esp. the one of you and the bodyguards, ha! also- not really related, but what lip gloss are you wearing?! I love it!

  5. Andrea

    Cannot wait to see Santiago (and the rest of Chile)! Also glad to hear that you like LAN airlines – we’re flying with them from Auckland to Santiago and have a domestic Chilean flight and I didn’t know what to expect. Love the police photo too =)

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  7. Emily

    I love that picture of the three of us 🙂 For 3 bloggers, one of whom is a professional photographer, we failed miserably at taking pictures of ourselves! Must do better next time. And I’m glad we got to show you a bit of Santiago in amongst all the eating and drinking we did that weekend.

  8. Annie

    I have been waiting for the Easter Island posts since you were tweeting from there!

    These shots are beautiful of Santiago and it sounds like you got a great deal on your airfare and hotel!

  9. joshywashington

    mmmm Polynesian wave lullaby sounds soothing!
    I am headed to Argentina in a month…you still going to be around? Got any tips for me?
    ps I would be honored if you checked ou my new blog! 😉

  10. AudreyDez

    Awwwww Easter Island, my dream!!! I was so eager to read about your trip there! It looks amazing!! Sure, I’ll have to save up some money, but it’ll be worth it so much, your pics are fantastic!

  11. Sally

    Fantastic post! I really love visiting your website. I just bookmarked it as one of my most favorite!!!


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