Trip to Chile in Ski Trip Reports Posted September 8 · Report reply On 9/5/2019 at 9:44 AM, Cannonballer said: Since you're bailing on skiing early and have a car, consider heading out to Valparaiso. Really fun and interesting city, with much more character than Santiago. Only ~1:30 from Santiago. So... we went to Vina del Mar and then Valparaiso today... and got robbed in the process. Chile is supposedly safe "by South American standards". And Valparaiso is a gritty yet colorful port town. A stunningly beautiful area. We were driving down the coast and had pulled into a scenic vista parking area to take photos. Another behind us pulls in and parks right next to us. A guy gets out as if to see the view and distracts us while another grabs my wife's purse out of the car. I'm standing on the sidewalk in front of the car. As I turn around, they run off, jump in the car, and speed off. This all happens in a matter of seconds. They didn't even have time to grab the loose change out of the center console. Fortunately there was nothing important in the purse. My wife had all her cards and such in her jacket. All they got were tampons, cosmetics, and a pair of glass with an outdated prescription. We have a newer pair with us. And the purse itself came from Marshall's, though my wife really liked it. Obviously no real loss to speak of, but I was pissed about it so we drove back to the hotel without exploring downtown Valpo.