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Good location in between the city centre and bus station. Very clean. Really comfortable, modern, en-suite double room. Good breakfast. Pleasant patio common area. Given your own key for the front door...generally felt very secure.
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... time to charge our electronics (for the pending sixteen hour night bus) or fill and filter water for the ride, but we accomplished it all with a bit of spare time to play at the playground before leaving.
Every seat on this bus was "cama," meaning fully reclining, and real comfortable and clean. We watched the orange desert landscape out of the windows until the sun set, though it never changed. And by sunrise, we were still looking at the same desert. ...
... to drive down a very steep hill. This was after we had tried to go to the end of the road and I got on a hill I had to back down because I couldn't seem to get up it in 1st gear. But we made the steep road down to the shops. Interesting things, but not that much there for me to buy. Some felt angels but they were too pricey.
After that we returned to Pisco Elqui to check it out, but first to ...
... her poetry) grew up. She was a teacher and, very remarkably for the diminutive Chileans, 6 ft tall! She is in good company, Chile has a real literary tradition including one other Nobel prize winning poet, Pablo Neruda and the famous novelist Isabelle Allende. We've downloaded a feast of poetry and literature from Chile to our Kindles to get up to speed.
From there we travelled to the very home of the national drink, Pisco Elqui and saw 2 pisco distilleries; ...
It was a long drive day to Elqui Valley, the northernmost of Chile's wine regions and the center of its pisco production. On the way we stopped in Copiapo for a few services. It is the copper mining city whose claim to fame is the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped more than 2,000 feet underground for 69 days in 2010 before they were all rescued safely. There’s a busy town center with a mining museum that is allegedly (if you’re going to ...
... and sailboats provided.There is a second bedroom as well as bathroom so everyone should keep this in mind ;) Although, it is important to note that flushing toilet paper is apparently frowned upon here, we haven't had any trouble yet. There is also no dryer in our apartment so we have to hang clothes on the balcony. There are dryers in the building but they're coin operated. The building itself seems pretty secure and there is fencing all the way ...