in Santiago on Christmas day didn't leave us with a lot of options as to
what to do and where to eat. We had heard a lot of stories about the polution
in Santiago, but arriving during a holiday lull in traffic we found it
to be fairly minimal. We had heard that the polution can be so bad that
you can hardly see the mountains. We went for a walk the first day, and
although it was a bit hazy the mountains are still pretty amazing. With
a temperature in the upper 80s, you can still see snow caps on the mountains.
The picture below is of the Mapocho River that flows through Santiago.
Workers have diverted the river to one side, while they lay a 16" thick
mosaic of stone to reinforce the river bed. The purpose of this is that
they are building a subterranean highway beneath the river that will run
to the airport.