Sorry about the topic title. I wanted to write the title "LH F-class & Bolivia / Peru / Chile (+ pictures)" - but the text after the "&" disappeared.
The next part contains several flights on Lan Chile (Express) in Y-class. I make only a few comments because short flights in Y-class are not so interesting. My experience with Lan Chile (Express) was really good. They offered at least a sandwich on every flight.
Lima - Santiago (LIM - SCL)
Lan Chile LA601; 00:55 - 06:15 (flight time: 03:20h); 23.10.2002
B767-316/ER; Seat: 18A; Y-Class
Arrival at the gate: 05:44
1.) 18A is an exit row seat
2.) PTV in the back of every seat
3.) Breakfast was served at 4:45 (very quick service!)
Food: ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/la601-lim-scl.html
) fruits, marmelade, rolls, cake (good taste)
Santiago - Puerto Montt (SCL - PMC)
Lan Chile Express LA275; 08:10 - 09:50 (flight time: 01:40h); 23.10.2002
A320-233; Seat: 18L; Y-Class
Arrival at the gate: 09:47
Remarks: The flight continues to Punta Arenas
Food: ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/la275-scl-pmc.html
) warm bread with cheese and slice of sausage
I stayed the next nights in Puerto Varas. I made a day trip ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/lake-district.html
) across Lago Todos Los Santos to Peulla. Many people continue to Bariloche in Argentina which seams to be a very good idea. I returned in Peulla and went back to Puerto Varas. There's not much to do in Puerto Varas - the view to the snowy volcanos compensates.
Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas (PMC - PUQ)
Lan Chile Express LA283; 11:10 - 13:20 (flight time: 02:10h); 25.10.2002
A320-233; Seat: 19L; Y-Class
Arrival at the gate: 13:04
Food: ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/la283-pmc-puq.html
) sandwich with salmon; sandwich with cheese and sausage; Danish pastry with curd inside
The next days were reserved for the national park "Torres del Paine" the highlight of my trip (IMO). Otway Sound is located on the way to the national park "Torres del Paine". A small colony of ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/otway-sound.html
) Magellan pinguins can be visited there.
Torres del Paine has constantly changing views of fantastic scenery, ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/TorresDelPaine-animals.html
) active wildlife, calving glaciers and ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/TorresDelPaine-GreyGlacier.html
) their icebergs, ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/TorresDelPaine-lakes.html
) vividly coloured lakes, and ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/TorresDelPaine-waterfalls.html
) beautiful waterfalls. I stayed in the "Hosteria las Torres" from where hikes towards the three towers (Torres) and ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/TorresDelPaine-trail-to-campchileno.html
) and the camp "Chileno" are possible.
Punta Arenas - Santiago (PUQ - SCL)
Lan Chile Express LA282; 13:55 - 18:10 (flight time: 04:15h); 28.10.2002
A320-233; Seat: 18L; Y-Class
Arrival at the gate: 18:08
1.) Stopover in Puerto Montt
2.) ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/la282-puq-scl-views.html
) The view over the snowy vulcanos was great
1.) first leg: ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/la282-puq-scl-01.html
) salmon, potatoes, vegetable, cake
2.) second leg (from Puerto Montt): ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/la282-puq-scl-02.html
) sandwich with salmon; sandwich with cheese and sausage; Danish pastry with curd inside
Santiago - Calama (SCL - CJC)
Lan Chile Express LA344; 07:20 - 09:30 (flight time: 02:10h); 29.10.2002
A320-233; Seat: 26K; Y-Class
Arrival at the gate: 09:18
Food: ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/la344-scl-cjc.html
) omelette, rolls
I spent the next nights in the hotel "Kimal" in ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/san-pedro-de-atacama.html
) San Pedro de Atacama. The town seams to have more tourists than inhabitants. Various excursions into the desert are possible from there:
1.) ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/el-tatio.html
) El Tatio (altitude: 4500m) is known for its geysirs. The geysirs are best in the early morning between 6:00 and 8:00. The way uphill is terrible (bad streets!). It is very cold in the morning (gloves are highly recommended). The way back is more ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/atacama.html
) comfortable and more interesting .
2.) ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/salar-de-atacama.html
) Salar de Atacama, the 3rd largest salt flat, is home to the pink flamingo. ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/atacama-lagoons.html
) Some lagoons have very interesting colours.
3.) ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/atacama-moon-valley.html
) Moon Valley with nice landscapes caused by erosion.
Calama - Santiago (CJC - SCL)
Lan Chile Express LA359; 09:30 - 12:15 (flight time: 02:45h); 01.11.2002
B737-230/Adv; Seat: 20A; Y-Class
Arrival at the gate: 12:11
1.) Stopover in Antofagasta
2.) ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/la359-cjc-scl-inflight.html
) wonderful views during the flight
Food: ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/la359-cjc-scl.html
) sandwich with roast beef, mushrooms, mustard, cheese; sandwich with cheese, asparagus, dressing; shortpastry with lemon cream, meringue
The afternoon was reserved for a sightseeing tour through Santiago. I started a walking tour from the hotel Sheraton San Cristobal Tower along the ( http://www.e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/scl01.html
) Av. Providencia and ( http://www.e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/scl02.html
) Alameda to the ( http://www.e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-chi/scl03.html
) Santiago centre.
The ( http://www.e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/02scl/scl-sheratonsancristobal.html
) Sheraton San Cristobal Tower is top-notch. The check-in agent informed about a suite upgrade (due to Starwood Platinum status) which I refused because a friend joined during the night (single beds necessary!). The Platinum amenity choice program was handed out by the lady. The check-in was comfortable: sitting in front of a nice desk with choice of champagne/orange juice/pineapple juice. I got a well-equipped nice room with CD player, sitting area, large bathroom, thick, comfortable mattress, summary of news in the morning at the door, ... In the room were additional gifts (additional to Platinum amenity choice): bottle of wine, a variety of fruits/nuts/chocolates/drops, vouchers for free drinks (Pisco Sour). All staff (bellmen, check-in agent, Butler, ...) was very helpful and showed an attitude that we were most welcome. I only found one downside: the bed cover is only a (thin) blanket.
The hotel lounge was very nice and stylish. I found the prices reasonable (breakfast 24238CLP for two persons; 1525CLP for a mineral water; dinner/buffet was free of charge; 735CLP ~ 1US$)
Leaving Chile without wine? No! I went shopping in the morning. Later I took a taxi to the airport. There were some lines in front of the check-in counters, but the agents handled the passengers rather quickly. Soon I had my boarding pass and went into the Red Carpet Club. IMO, the best thing about the Red Carpet Clubs is the good selection of magazines and newspapers.
Santiago - Frankfurt (SCL - FRA)
Lufthansa LH527; 13:15 - 09:55+ (flight time: 16:40h); 02.11.2002
B747-430; Seat: 83A; F-Class
Registration: D-ABVD (Bochum)
Boarding started at 12:45. Quite late, but there were only about 100 passengers. And so boarding was completed 15min later! We were two people in F for the first leg to Buenos Aires.
In the meantime, he amenity kits were handed out. An FA came with a bottle of champagne (Duval-Leroy), showed it to me and poured it into my glass.
The pilot welcomed the passengers and annonced a flight time of 1:20h to Buenos Aires. We were pushed back at 13:12 and a few minutes later we enjoyed a powerful take-off.
After the pilot had switched off the sign for safety-belts, the ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/lh527-menu.html
) menus, ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/lh527-bev.html
) beverages, and ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/lh527-ptv.html
) personal video programmes were handed out.
The pursor came for a small-talk and thanked for choosing LH. He also offered to bring a video film.
Marinated King Crab and Squid Roulade
complemented by Artichoke Hearts and Tomato Coulis
with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
Bread, Rolls and Butter
Breast of Chicken enhanced by Ginger Honey Sauce,
Shiitake Mushrooms and sautéed Vegetables
Ricotta Tortellini presented with Basil Oil,
Tomato Concassée and Green Asparagus
Blancmange Puff Pastry
Mumm de Cramant, Champagne, Grand Cru, Cramant, France
Piper-Heidsieck, Rare Champagne, France
2000 Schloss Johannisberger Riesling trocken, Goldkapsel Germany
1999 California Chardonnay, De Loach, California, USA
2001 Legado de Armida, Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Ines, Maipo Valley, Chile
1997 Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru, Burgundy, France
1997 Navarra Reserva "Coleccion 125", Bodegas Julián Chivite, Spain
1998 Paul Sauer, Kanonkop, Stellenbosch, South Africa
1999 Norton Privada, Argentina
The service started with hot towels. The tables were covered with white linen.
I stuck to the Duval for drinking and had a tender ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/lh527-01appetiser.html
) marinated king crab and squid roulade. There was no choice for the appetiser. A lot of people don't like seafood - so I don't think that it's a good idea to have seafood only (though personally seafood is my first choice). I continued with the ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/lh527-02main.html
) breast of chicken. For my taste too much gravy and the food could have been cooked warmer, too. The rice was prepared with saffron and tasted excellent. Again no choice for the dessert: ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/lh527-03dessert.html
) blancmange puff pastry and an espresso. The presentation was very nice. Taste of caramel and vanilla dominated.
At that time, the airshow indicated a strong tail wind and a speed of 1050km/h.
Hot towels were distributed before landing. We reached the gate at 14:50. I left the plane and went straight into the Red Carpet Club. One internet terminal was available there, many drinks and a lot of magazines and newspapers.
Boarding started at 15:50. Transfer passengers were called first. The light load from the first leg changed now to full load in all classes. No empty seat anymore. The 16 sleeper seats in F are arranged in a 2 - 2 configuration on the upper deck. The exit is in row 83: standing up from a window seat is possible without climbing over the neighbour sitting on the aisle seat.
The pilot annonced a flight time of 12:33h and a flight path Buenos Aires - Montevideo - Porto Allegre - Sao Paulo - Fortaleza - ... - Lisbon - Bilbao - Limoges - Frankfurt.
Push-back was at 16:43. We taxied to the start of the runway where the plane turned for take-off. The flight over chequered Buenos Aires is always amazing. The last views were possible on Rio de la Plata until the plane disappeared in the clouds.
A new crew was aboard and started service with the distribution of red roses (that are then placed in a holder at the front of the seat). I asked for a glass of Piper-Heidsieck which I've never seen on the LH vinothek before. Not available. Hmmmmm. So I ordered the Norton Privada that I already drank during the flight from FRA to GRU. I prefer dry red wines (though it's the "wrong" choice for seafood).
Caviar with the traditional Garnishes
Marinated Shrimp served with Zucchini and Fennel
Bell Pepper and Eggplant Layer Cake
presented with creamy Basil Dressing
Seasonal Greens with Parmesan Cheese
presented with an Orange, Yogurt and Mint
or Soy Ginger dressing
Bread, Rolls, Toast anJ Butter
Grilled Tenderloin of Beef
complemented by Calvados with sautéed Apple,
Carrots, Asparagus Tips and Sweet Potatoes
Grouper Ligurian style with grilled Calamaretti,
Olives and Herb Pesto
Cinta Noodles offered with Vegetables
and Feta Sauce with diced Tomato
Breast of Poularde accented by Mango and Curry Chutney,
Spinach with Leek and Coconut Rice
Cheese and Dessert
Champagne Mousse with Grapefruit
For voracious passengers like me, LH has the "Etagere" on the cart. The "Etagere" contains three appetisers nicely presented. The FAs offered some caviar after I had finished the appetisers on the ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/lh527-11appetiser.html
) Etagere. I continued with the ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/lh527-12salad.html
) salad. The salad and the entrees were again served from the galley, all other food from the cart on which the different choices were presented.
Next course was ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/lh527-13main.html
) fish. Unfortunately, the grouper had some fishbones and I found that there was too much of olive oil on the plate. The taste of the fish was very good; the Calamaretti were tender. I chose cheese for dessert. The FAs cut some pieces from bigger cheese loafs. The presentation on the plate ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/lh527-14cheese.html
) was awful. Some chocolates and coffee disappeared into my mouth at the end of the dinner.
The bedding and LH sweaters were distributed. The light was dimmed at 20:35.
Freshly squeezed Orange Juice
Seasonal fresh Fruit
Yogurt, Cereal, Müsli and fresh milk
Bread, Rolls, Toast, Croissants and Danish Pastries
with Butter, Diet Margarine, Preserves and Honey
A variety of cold Breakfast specialties
including Salami, Turkey, Fontina and Brie Cheese
Scrambled Eggs will be freshly prepared upon your request
accompanied by your choice of Bacon or Chives
Bread Pudding with Raisins
colllplemented by Pancakes with Caramel Sauce
and sautéed Apples
Coffee or tea
Freshly squeezed Orange Juice
Light was turned on at 7:40. Hot towels with the smell of roses were distributed first. Afterwards ( http://e-traveller.net/lh738/triprep/0210-sa-flights/lh527-15breakfast.html
) breakfast was served. As usual, the breakfast is sumptuous and the choice varied.
We reached the gate at 9:38. I was very satisfied with the flight - though there were some negative notes on my list: The Piper-Heidsieck wasn't available, a lot of olive oil on the main course and bad presentation of the cheese on the plate. The food itself was very good. The service was very prudent during the dinner and the breakfast and reserved the remaining time.
The Sheraton Airport Hotel & Tower saw me back again for another night 3 weeks after my departure. The holiday had ended.