Thursday -- the first full day at sea -- provided a good opportunity to rest and recover from the long journey south. Friday, during our first port call, we took a bus tour of the Chilean countryside. We saw an impressive snow-capped volcano and enjoyed a lake cruise.
On Saturday, we toured the unspoiled countryside of northern Patagonia by bus. Today we're sailing through Chilean fjords. Photos and details to come.
Sure enough, the NYT had covered Santiago three years ago, but the recommendations seemed limited. With additional research, I found that the city has a reputation for being a little boring, and lacks the passion and spark of other Latin American capitals.
The British/Australian owners transformed two rundown 1920s mission-style mansions into the city's hottest property. They kept the art deco wood paneling and created a stylish interior that mixes Tom Dixon lamps with 17th-century oil paintings.