Posted by Beth | December 19, 2015
Here is a recap of our time in Chile, what we loved, what we didn’t and how many points and dollars we spent!
Days in the country: 9
Cities visited: Santiago, Puerto Natales + Torres del Paine National Park
Language: Spanish (most tourist locations have English available)
Favorite Lodging: Grand Hyatt Santiago
Favorite food: The lunch we had at Peluqueria Francesca. We know, we should totally choose Chilean food here and not French food, but it was so good.
Favorite drink: The Famous “Terremoto” (Earthquake)
What we enjoyed most: The easy-to-navigate Santiago subway system, our first free walking tour of Santiago with our main-man Joaquin, the endless free food and drinks in the fancy pants Hyatt lounge, and of course the stunning scenery in Patagonia.
What we enjoyed least: Waking up to an earthquake at 4 a.m., none of the maps being to scale whatsoever, lack of street food
What surprised us: We were very impressed by how modern and Western-feeling Chile was compared to other South American cities.
What we would have done differently: We would have spent at least one more day in the city so we could have taken a day trip to nearby coastal town, Valparaiso
Most interesting person we met: Ricardo, a local who let us practice our Spanish and made us laugh out loud over lunch. We also adored the two gentlemen who staffed the Grand Club Lounge at the Hyatt.
Currency: Chilean Pesos (~650:1)
Visa cost: $0
Airline miles spent: 40,000 American Airlines miles, off-peak awards
Hotel points spent: 20,000 Hyatt points
Flexible points spent: 17,100 Barclaycard Arrival points (*we are applying statement credits from our Barclaycard Arrival Plus cards toward airline taxes and fees and accommodation expenses. Full post with detailed explanation coming soon).
Total out-of-pocket expense: $463.15
Daily Average: $25.73 per person, per day