We are in Santiago and getting ready to fly to San Pedro de Atacama (Calama) this arvo. Our flight from Mendoza to here was canceled as it is a small airport with no health screening facilities for the Swine Flu. So we had a fantastic bus ride during daylight hours over the Andes! It was really beautiful and potentially breathtaking over the high pass (over 4000 meters). All the foreigners had to have a temperature check.
We have only had one empanada here as there are some good cheap restaurants here. I had some Patagonian lamb and have had some seafood which is quite fresh here. We have been to Valparaiso, which is colourful but very ratty looking and dirty. A real shame because it has world heritage status. Santiago is actually very nice and has a great, clean and safe metro.
Of course we have been taking heaps of pictures, particularly of markets and architecture.
Ciao for now.
Lou & Roo