After spending time in Mendoza, the next and final destination for us on our trip was Santiago, Chile. It was a fairly comfortable 6 hour bus ride from Mendoza to Santiago, although the border crossing and getting through customs was a bit of a pain (a guy actually comes around asking for monetary donations for the customs staff). We got into town around late afternoon and after checking into our apartment we headed out to see a bit of the city. We headed up Santa Lucia Hill to get some great views of the city. From these views, I was amazed at how similar Santiago looks like LA. I felt right at home!
We then explored the city a bit more and somehow ended up in the courtyard of a church.
Later that night, there was pandemonium in the streets of Santiago as the local soccer team, Universidad Católica, clinched the Chilean league championship. Things got pretty crazy, and before we knew it we were right in the middle of the celebration!
Everyone was so happy that they sought out people with cameras to pose for photos.
The police quickly showed up to make sure things didn’t get out of hand.
It’s never a good thing when a vehicle like this shows up…
For the next couple of hours people continued to sing, jump, cheer, and drink around the city plaza. Cars drove by throughout the night with people honking and displaying their soccer flags.
At some point the logical side inside of you says it’s time to get the hell out of here before things get too crazy and you end up at the hospital. But the curiosity side of you counters by saying who the hell cares, you’re on vacation and you’ve already bought travel and health insurance! Stay a bit longer!!
At the end of the night we made it back to apartment safe and sound. It was a great night that welcomed us to Santiago!