San Pedro De Atacama

Things To Do In Chile

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Country #28

 

When did I go? 24th June – 1st July 2017

Where did I go? Santiago, Valparaiso, San Pedro De Atacama

How much money was spent? Between £200 -£250 max

Highlights: Bus drive through the Andes, wandering the streets in Bellavista and Valparaiso and visiting the desert town of San Pedro De Atacama.

 

After being stuck in Argentina due to the border being closed because of heavy snow, we were really happy to finally arrive in Chile! First stop was a shopping day to buy warmer clothes in Santiago, and after plus a bit of sun, we were happy gals again. Chilly Chile was really enjoyable with lots to see and do! We didn’t do any day tours and spent little money so it worked out really well especially because there’s so much to do for free which was great for our budgets!  Thanks to the friendly faces and people we met along the way, our time in Chile was full of fun times all round! Here’s my little list of my fave things that I recommend for you to do when you visit Chile….

  • Take a bus from Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago, Chile. The bus drives through the Andes mountains and round winding roads with no edges and steep drops. It was pretty crazy but the views were phenomenal and the ticket was pretty cheap (£25!). I highly recommend it!
  • Wander the streets! In Santiago and Valparaiso there’s an overwhelming amount of street art, coloured houses and graffiti. In Santiago visit Bella Vista and just spend the afternoon wandering around and enjoying the art. It’s pretty cool stuff.
  • Hang out with the locals! We were really lucky because we stayed with my friend in Santiago where we all spent the night drinking wine, eating cake and practising our Acroyoga. But even in Valparaiso, we went out with a few other travellers to the local bars and spent the night drinking there. Hostels are a really great place to meet people and hang out where the locals would. Spend time venturing out, making friends and drinking their national drink of Pisco Sour!
  • Visit the desert and San Pedro De Atacama. We didn’t stay here for long because it was just a stop before we did the 3 day tour to Uyuni, Bolivia, but the pretty little town was like nothing I’d seen before. Set in the desert and surrounded by mountains, the town literally looks like something from a movie set. We took a long 24 hour bus journey which ended up being a lot longer due to a fault with the bus but the drive through the desert was pretty cool, the stars at night were amazing and we saw some of the best sunsets that filled the entire sky. Depending when you go, take warm clothes. The desert reached temperatures of -15 degrees while we were there, it was insanely cold!


I’d love to visit again to explore more of the country and visit Patagonia which was too cold for this trip. Chile is a cool country and the people are lovely. It literally has everything from snowy mountain regions, big cities, seaside towns and desert life so go book a ticket and explore!

Here’s a little list of some of the places we stayed:

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Let me know if you plan on visiting Chile or if you want to share any thoughts or your own experiences!

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Thanks for reading guys!

Vanisha

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Travelling Argentina

How Not To Travel Argentina

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Country #27

 

When did I go? 16th – 23rd June 2017

Where did I visit ? Buenos Aires and Mendoza

How much money was spent? Between £200-£300

Highlights: Thermas Cacheuta, Wine Tasting in Mendoza, bus trips through the snowy Andes Mountains and La Recolecta Cemetery.

 

So I’ve been pretty lazy with blogging since I’ve been away. Finding it hard to take time to sit at my laptop and write, plus so much is always happening! It’s rare to have even half a day where no plans have been made. It’s been pretty go-go-go. But here’s my thoughts and a bit about my time in Argentina. The first country that I’ve actually kind of disliked. Possibly down to bad timing, possibly down to preference, but have a read about why I disliked it and the things I did like!

 

Avoid Going In The Winter!

So it’s officially winter in South America right now and although we were fully aware of this, we didn’t realise just how cold it would get! Prepped for a summer trip, our warm clothes literally consisted of ankle socks, a jumper, leggings and Becca bought a hat and gloves. Minus the pretty snow-topped Andes mountains, it was pretty grey and miserable while we were in Argentina which automatically put a dampener on things.

 

Coming from sunny Brazil, the huge differences between the countries were pretty obvious. Walking around Mendoza and Buenos Aires especially, we could have been in Europe again. The colours of South America disappeared and the city streets felt far from vibrant, happy Brazil.

 

Along with a European feel, the places we visited also had a European price! With an abundance of pizza restaurants, the food choice was pretty pants and similar to prices back home (Brazil we could have dinner for around £5 but prices almost doubled in Argentina).

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Things Not To Miss…

Don’t get me wrong, we had some really good days out. La Recolecta Cemetery in Buenos Aires was amazing. The city of the dead holds over 6400 tombs all with their own style and design. I’m so fascinated with how other countries, cultures and people treat the dead (pretty morbid I know) so this incredible cemetery was right up my street. You can also see the final resting place of the infamous Eva Perón whose fascinating story is worth a research! Also check out El Ateneo Grand Splendid, the worlds most beautiful bookstore rated by The Guardian.

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Mendoza was a sleepy little city which in all honesty, I wasn’t very fond of either. But again, I don’t think the weather helped much considering we were stuck for three days longer than hoped because the border was closed due to heavy snow and it was just very cold! However, one of the highlights and a huge recommendation would be to visit the Thermas Cacheuta, a variety of outdoor and indoor thermal spa pools set in the Andes mountains. There’s two to visit, the more expensive thermals which is adjoined to a hotel and includes a buffet lunch, towels etc, or the cheaper one more famous with the locals and the one we visited. It was a lovely day out, we took a local bus, a picnic and a bottle of Argentinian wine, and it was perfect!

We also had a wine tasting day and visited the family-run wineries. It was a good day out and we had lots of wine, bread and different types of olive oils to taste so definitely can’t complain about that!

 

Call Me Debbie Downer…!

I do sound like a Debbie Downer in this blog about Argentina but it is important to remember that it’s just based on my opinion and experiences. I’ve met people that really love the country so do your own research and perhaps  go in the summer!

 

Places we stayed at:

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Let me know your experiences and thoughts on Argentina!

Have a good day guys!

Vanisha

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