Country Recap and Travel Budget Review: Chile 1


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

We can't say enough good things about our fabulous stay at the Grand Hyatt Santiago

We can’t say enough good things about our fabulous stay at the 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)

Earthquake, the impact of the earthquakes and fries with eggs

Terreomotos: Sweet white wine with pineapple ice cream.

Favorite activities: The W-Trek! Read more about our gear list and the logistics.

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.

Patagonia lived up to all the hype

Patagonia lived up to all the hype

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

Valparaiso is calling us to a return trip to Chile. Photo from 99traveltips.com

Valparaiso is calling us to a return trip to Chile. Photo from 99traveltips.com

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

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