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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 …
... into the mountains, the sky cleared and it was pleasantly, sopophorically hot. The town of Elqui was small and touristic, and it is home to Mistral, one of the major producers of Chilean pisco. We found a place to lunch before our distillery tour, tried pastel de choclo (literally, corn pie) and cazuela de ave (a chicken stew), and had our first Chilean pisco sour. It has less liquid than the Peruvian pisco sour, and no egg whites that we ...
... the food only by sunlight. The food is cooked with a stove, but instead of using fire, mirrors reflect the sunlight onto the food. The food was good and surprisingly hot.
Last night, we took advantage of the lack of ...
... Back in the town I visited a local piscoria (a place which makes pisco - the national drink). Pisco is a bit like vodka - brutal as a shot but alright with mixer especially in the famous Pisco sour which is made with lime, syrup and egg and is really good (and popular) everywhere I went. I also climbed up to the Cerro the de la Virgen, a surreal open air church at the top of a hill just north ...
... is sometimes as strong as 85%. It is then diluted in water to obtain the required dosage. The best Pisco's are distilled twice and aged in oak barrels for up to 4 years. We are told that unlike whisky, it is not common to age Pisco for more than 4 years because it loses too much of its fruit characteristics and acquires an overpowering oak taste, something that apparently would ruin the Pisco. In the end our guide let us taste a wide range of different Piscos, from ...