Thursday, January 3, 2013

Fly Fishing Patagonia: Day 03 Chile

Day 03:  147 Days Left.

Before I start, I would like to mention that you may experience a few format and grammatical errors.  I am doing my best to put my best English forward, but I simply do not have the time to thoroughly edit/review everything I would take too much time.  In advance, thanks for understanding.

After traveling and sleeping in a new bed, I awoke with a fair amount of stiffness in my body. I decided it was best to go for a walk, before breakfast. I ended up walking for about 45 minutes, until my feet became a bit sore (sucks getting old). Along my walk, I found a farmer’s market, and was able to buy a kiwi, an apple, a box of green tea, a cheese-ham empanada, and cherries. Not my typical breakfast, but good enough to start my day.

Neighborhood Farmers Market

Next stop, a visit to my lawyer. I received news that I will be able to pick-up my truck on Friday…Yeah! My lawyer will drive me to the port authority and help me clear customs. Thereafter, I am on my own. I expect to pay a receiving fee and customs fees (more details, post payment). Once I receive my truck, the next big decision I have to make is whether I cross into Argentina via Mendoza or Pucon. At this point, I am not entirely sure which one is better than the other. Maybe I’ll flip a coin.

I spent the rest of the day touring Santiago, via a double decker bus. The company that offers this service is called Turistik For the cost of $19,000 CL Pesos, Turistik provides hop-on/hop-off all day city bus transportation. FYI, the tour was in Spanish and English. I was a bit hungry, so my first stop was the Mercado Central. Here you will find Pescado/Fish…and I mean lots of fish, and just about everything else from the sea (el mar). You can walk the isles and watch men/women fillet all kinds of fish. It’s been a while since I filleted a fish, and I actually wanted to step behind the counter and give it a go. After I perused the isles, I decided to sit down and have lunch. Now, I have a general rule when I pick a place to eat; if I see tourist, I stay far away. In other words, I eat where the locals eat. Why? I have a much better experience and if the locals trust the food, then I know it is good. Further, I like supporting the small business man/women. It’s a simple formula that has never failed me. Sadly, I know 99.9% of people would pass up the places I eat (oh, well). So, I ended up ordering Congrio/Conger Eel…a Chilean specialty. I ordered it La Plancha (broiled), but if you prefer, you can ordered it Frito (fried). You can order a side dish of wither rice or salad. As you can see from the photo, I opted for the ensalada mixta. Including agua sin gas (pure water without the bubbles) the total bill came to $7,900 CL Pesos; not the cheapest option for lunch, but a tasty one and a great experience (see photos).

Wish it was open roof, but the sun is strong and too many low hanging telephone wires and tree branches

This is where the tourist eat

Pretty cool to watch the action

If it smells like fish...
Congrio Eel Before...

Congrio Eel After...Muy Rico!

Charlie the Clown...he invited me to his house for food and drinks, not sure if he was clowning around!

Call me crazy, but I thought about wetting the line

Always have loved this flag

After lunch, I was back on the bus to finish the city tour. All in all, if your in Santiago, I would recommend taking this tour because the stops are at all the places you want to see (art museum, national palace/congress, parks, shopping, food, etc). Or, if you are a true independent traveler, you could easily take a local bus or the subway, to many of these locations.

Back at the hostel, Alex had cooked another dinner and once again the fee was only $1,000 CL Pesos.  That's about $2.00 USD.

Eating dinner with folks from Seattle, Brazil, Germany, Chile, and Hungary.  
White wine with la cena (dinner).  Lago Yelcho is an amazing fishery in southern Chile.

In closing, if you would like to learn more about Santiago