Life’s A Zoo!

Sometimes, our life really is a zoo. Whose isn’t, amirite? But this post is actually about our trip to the zoo…the Buin Zoo to be exact.

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Our whole family had never been to this zoo, which is the largest in Chile (even the 30-something Chilean who had spent the majority of his childhood living less than 20 miles from it).

Joaquin’s first and only zoo trip was when he was a wee little thing visiting the USA for the first time. I love the Brookfield Zoo, I have a lot of fun family memories from there, especially with my animal-loving cousins. That won’t be Joaquin’s last trip to Brookfield. However, now that we’re State-bound for sure, I want to pack in as many fun Chilean activities as possible for Joaquin (yeah, maybe for me too), before we head out next year.

We invited my sister-in-law and her daughter. My sister-in-law is now part of the Chilean police force, so she gets in for free at the zoo! Major perk alert! The entrance fee is 7,500 pesos for adults (roughly 14 dollars) 5,000 pesos for kids over 90cm and up to 14 years old, 4,000 pesos for adults over 60 and free for kids under 90cm (nice work Joaquin…another point for my case that he should stay the same age and size forever and ever). There are additional charges for the marine show (1,400 pesos p/p). It’s a 40 minute drive south from where we live in Ñuñoa, which is a pretty central comuna in Santiago.

The five of us were able to see almost all of the exhibits, and we all agreed that the marine show was our favorite part. No dolphins, but there were some pretty adorable sea lions. Joaquin had no vote as he slept through the whole thing. Joaquin was most excited about the fish tank at the beginning of the aquarium exhibit because it was the only thing at his eye level.

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He was also a big fan of “Baby Zoo”, or their petting zoo. We were eating ice cream and we couldn’t go in before we finished. I think this was more for our benefit than for the animals benefit, as the goats and sheep got nice and intimate with our stroller immediately as we entered, presumably looking for loose snacks (or toddlers).

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He looks like a little man in this picture, and it's scaring me. Stop growing!!

He looks like a little man in this picture, and it’s scaring me. Stop growing!!

A white tiger took a particular liking to us. All she was thinking was that we were lucky to have that thick glass separating us…you can see it in her eyes.

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We liked this zoo, but here are my notes. There is not a lot of shade, especially in the Africa section. It also states on their website that you can’t bring in food, but we saw plenty of families eating their packed lunches, and there are many picnic sections. I’m not sure why they’d say that…maybe for first time suckers like us who are rule-followers and ended up spending 60 dollars on a not-so-great lunch at their only restaurant. Bring your own lunch! Also, they rent out wagons for your kids, if you don’t want to bring a stroller in. And finally, bring lots of water, especially in the summer when it’s HOT. They were charging 1,300 pesos for a standard sized water bottle and there were no water fountains and I had run out of my own water. Lame-o.

We’re looking for new activities now that the weather is getting warmer and before we leave on February 10! (Official!)

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