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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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We decided to break up a very long bus journey by stopping off at Bahia Inglesa, a beach just outside the town of Caldera (1 hour from Copiapo). The place takes its name from the British pirates who took refuge there in the 17th century. Today it's a popular vacation spot with its turquoise waters, long white-sand beach and Mediterranean …
... down to make it 40% proof, with minimal flavour that we could decipher, its rocket fuel. However they did mix it with some nice flavourings to make tasty fruit liquors, we ended up buying a couple of these.
We then continued further up the Elqui Valley taking in the fantastic views along the way. We were both fascinated by the difference between the lush green farm land and baron dry desert which would change from one side of the road to the other. The Cavas del Valle winery ...
... to time, Noa managed to jump and flip with enough gusto to actually tear one of the bungee chords in half.
Our evenings in La Serena were spent cooking, eating and thoroughly enjoying the plentiful, delicious and dirt cheap local wines. Jonathan has been experimenting with the local beers; has not named a winner yet as far as I know.
After three nights in La Serena, we were ready to explore more of this driest place in the planet, The ...
... of the local cactus - copai - and something else that started with 'f' that was another local fruit. It was very good. We bought some lovely goat cheese at a local artisan's shop and then we finally stopped at the cafe next door (Cafe de Frida, Gabriela Mistral No 683). Oh, we also checked out the craft booths along the Plaza de Armas. We had some quesadillas with pisco sours at the cafe next door. Very nice.
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... br> After shopping, we stopped for lunch in a cute little restaurant in downtown La Serena, then headed back to the motel to get ready to head up the mountain. The trip up the mountain takes about an hour, and is mostly on dirt roads. Once we got to CTIO, we settled into our rooms and gazed at the beautiful scenery. We won't start observing until tomorrow night, and it looks like it'll be cloudy tonight anyways.