Day 1 – Denver to Santiago

January 1st 2014

Mileage – 5493 as the crow flies

Travel time – ~20 hours door to door

Today was a day of contrasts and tedium, 32F and snow leaving Denver.

Baggage loading – Denver International

Three airport lounges and three flights later, I arrived in Santiago, Chile with temperatures in the high 70sF at 6 in the morning.

Martyn picked me up with perfect timing as I walked through customs. There was only one snag, no luggage. My bag made it as far as Panama City.

The luggage situation should have been no surprise. At check in for my flight, being unable to check in online should have warned me, the agent could not find my reservation. Once they did, they asked if my final destination was Panama City.

After a promise of delivery the next evening, it was off to the hotel Acacias de Vitacura.

The view from the room at the hotel Acacias de Vitacura