We left home for Heathrow on 24th November, to catch our flight to Santiago in Chile via Rome. Our friends Sheila and Nick Terrett who presently live in Switzerland were flying in from Zurich and we met up for a brief lunch in the terminal prior to our departure. We had been planning this trip for years and I think they thought we would never do it!
We arrived in Santiago on Saturday morning after an 18 hour journey and were quickly transported via taxi to our accommodation in the centre of the city, where we are staying for 4 nights prior to collecting the bike from the cargo area of Aeropuerto Internacional Arturo Merino Benitez on Wednesday 29th .
Weather is 30 degrees and our apartment has a roof top pool with distant views of the Andes. So we are spending the time by the pool or sightseeing the many places of interest nearby, including the Plaza de Armas, Japanese Gardens at St Lucia with views of the Cerro San Cristobel and the Andes in the distance.