We started the day by taking the funicular to the top of Cerro San Cristobal to enjoy great views of Santiago. It is a large, sprawling city, nearly 250 square miles. The air quality isn’t great because of smog, but the view was still impressive.
Next, we headed to Mercado Central (Central Market) which was built in 1872 for the National Exposition. There were many vendors set up in and around the building selling primarily seafood and produce.
The building was designed by a Scottish firm, built in Scotland and shipped to Chile in crates and then reassembled. In the open area in the center of the building, there are restaurants and we stopped for lunch.
The kids, obviously tired, enjoyed pretending to take naps. They also had a lot of fun playing with Danny’s highchair which became even more fun once they broke it! (Luckily we were able to fix it).
After lunch, we drove to Los Dominicos, a collection of shops selling all sorts of artisan Chilean products including paintings, leather, knit clothes, jewelry and wooden crafts. They also sell pets – especially birds and bunnies. We didn’t buy anything despite Patrick’s pleas.
When we got back to the hotel, Patrick and I had a quick swim while Danny and Daddy rested. Both kids fell sound asleep on the 15 minute drive to dinner in the Bellavista neighborhood.
The kids slept til 9:30 this morning, which was great! We played for a bit, had breakfast, packed up our luggage and headed to the airport.
After a quick flight with nice views of the Andes, we were back on the ground in Asunción.