Apparently there is a phenomenon called “Free Walking Tours” down south. They are, of course, not free, the expected tip is anywhere from 10-20$CAD. Anyhow, I don’t bring that up for any particular reason, certainly that can be an expected tip after a tour which you paid for, in Canada. Simply that every time I leave my hostel I am on a free walking tour.. perhaps with slightly fewer amusing anecdotes about the buildings and area, which, can be more difficult to appreciate when they’re in Spanish anyway.
Today’s free walking tour, thus far, has taken me on my first ascensor ride, past a broken/under construction ascensor, to a number of miradors (lookouts), past two museums (closed Mondays), and back onto the roof of my hostel for a delicious lunch and a small siesta. My next free walking tour will be departing shortly, and will, conveniently, include a stop at the bus station to reserve my seat to Santiago on Wednesday. Check.