Anyway, after heading to the second airport via the world's most conservative cab driver, we hit Santiago. Immediately we had traveller lesson number two....check how much the reciprocity fee is to enter a country before you make plans to go there. $130/person for us to enter Chile (compared to $75 for Argentina). But at least our fee is good for the life of the passport. Ha.
We spent a couple of days walking around Santiago, highlighted by a trip up the funicular to a vantage point high above Santiago to see "Subida a la Virgen" and the view of the city
After a couple of days we decided to escape the big city and head to the coast to check out the artistic oceanside mecca called Valparaiso. We quickly realized this was the ideal spot to just chill out and wind down our South American adventure. The colors and local art made walking around a real pleasure.
Adios South America. Hola Australia!