Viña del Mar, Chile
11.02.2009 - 14.02.2009 95 °F
I think i must have skipped the page in my bulky and sometimes helpful (this being one of those times) Lonely Planet guide where it said "Leave that bunch of bananas back at the hostel - food's a no-no." in reference to crossing the border into Argentina. Long story short, don't bring bananas into Chile either or any type of fruit or vegetable for that matter. The border crossing officials get very upset with you and there's a hefty fine that they can stick you with. Ops!!
After my attempt to smuggle bananas into Chile failed, I decided to I'll stick to sunbathing. Viña del Mar and the surrounding beaches were perfect for just that. Viña del Mar is about an hour or so outside of Santiago and, from what I heard, it's a very popular vacation spot among Chilenos and Argentineans.