Chilling in Chile: A Day of Tranquility
My trip to Santiago has been action packed with little time to sleep or eat. Patty and I decided to take our last day to just unwind and relax before our evening flight back to the States. We started our morning with our first and last breakfast in Santiago at a cafe called Original Green Roaster. After breakfast, Mauricio, our driver picked us up at the cafe for our first adventure, wine tasting.
Viña Cousiño Macul
Vina Cousino Macul is a vineyard that is owned and operated by the Cousiño Family since it was founded in the 19th Century. Most vineyard owners do not create and brand their own wine for money but to display their wealth. The vineyard was small but full of charming characteristic and history. We paid 14,000 pesos ($23.50) each for a brief group tour and wine tasting experience. Cousino Macul offers both English and Spanish walking tours throughout the day.
After a quick tour, we sampled 4 wines: 2 reds and 2 whites from the Viña Cousiño Macul collection. Baguettes were offered to absorb some of the alcohol as we sip through each wine. The wines had a settle finish with a hint of sweetness.
Temple Baha is a dome-shaped mosque on a hill that overlooks the city of Santiago. Inside the mosque are rows of seats where visitors can come to enjoy a moment of silence. Please note that photography is not allowed inside the temple. For photo-opps, visit the garden that circles the temple or the reflection pool sitting in front of the city. This is a fantastic place to clear your mind and embrace everything around you.
Where to Eat:
For Breakfast, we went to a place around the corner of our AirBnB called Original Green Roaster. The cafe was busy and filled with tourists waiting to enjoy a cup of coffee or a quick bite to eat. I ordered the Chilean Breakfast and a cup of ice mocha. Other than the bread, the food was too bland and too oily.
For lunch, we ordered delivery at Central Pizza. To my surprise, we received a 24 inch pizza that could barely fit through our elevator! We learned that in Chile, pizza to-go only has one size and it is tailored to a family of 4-6.
The pizza was thin crust, didn’t have too much cheese or tomato sauce but covered in toppings. The pizza was not individually cut into slices which made it a mission for us to cut through with a knife.