We started this morning with a visit to the Museo Colchagua, which could easily be the subject of a short book. It is a private collection, founded a former gun runner who fled to Chile and reinvented himself as a preservationist. The Museum does not have a single theme, but has collections and exhibitions related to pre-Columbian art and artifacts, paleontology, jewelry, mining, agriculture, railroading, technology, armaments (ancient, as well as WWI and WWII), and many more. To me, the most interesting (and moving). was the extensive exhibit related to the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for months, several years back. Here you can see the capsule that brought the miners back to the surface.
|Pablito, Santiago (Santi), and Juan Pablo (Jata)
The delivery bicycle is very common.
Tomorrow we head west for the Pacific Ocean. The last 45 minutes or so will be in the shuttle because of the poor road conditions, but we will still bike just about 100 kilometers (65 miles) with a few short, steep hills.