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From Iquique to La Serena we had the longest bus journey yet, 20 hours! We thought that as the journey was so long, we'd try get the 180 degree reclining seats but after some research scrapped that idea as it would've cost £100! We got the regular semi cama seats instead and left at 8pm. After a film and a sleeping pill, we managed to sleep …
... br> In addition to the entertainment to be found in San Pedro's streets, the hostel I stayed at was housing a plethora of talented guests, a marionettist from Spain, a musician from Chile, another musician from Spain and a couple from America who obviously thought they were Baby and Patrick Swazy from Dirty Dancing, but they were not.
There was a large group of rowdy but lovely Chilean guys who I spent most of my time with there. Every night we ...
... Waqar and was single distilled. This sounded lovely and she was kind enough to send a couple of bottles to our hotel as a gift. One of these made its way into my luggage and is currently at the time of writing, keeping me happy in the late evenings! And after such a lunch? Yes, a wine tasting!
We walked through the flashy winery which has a long semi-circular mural on the wall showing ancient Indians working in the valley and has ...
... into Chile, we took a bus, on Thursday, to San Pedro de Atacama. Since we were leaving that night, we didn't bother to find a hostel and spent our day doing things like buying bus tickets and organizing my parents' Chilean phones. We left San Pedro de Atacama on one of the nicest cama (meaning "bed") buses we have ever taken. The ride lasted 16 hours and we arrived in La Serena, a beach town in Chile's Norte Chico Region.
... it with those (not looking directly at the sun, of course!) We'll meet the rest of the astronomers on the side of the mountain tomorrow night to see if we can go for 3 nights of green flashes!
We also figured out what the telescopes covered by tents were being used for. They people doing the dark energy camera project are using these small telescopes to test the water vapor in the air. The astronomer has been here for 10 ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHostal Las Luces La Serena
We ended up staying here because the hostel we'd wanted to stay at was booked up and this one was on the same street. The family that run this hostel are lovely, so friendly and because it has family run it has a really homely feel to it. The rooms, communal areas and bathrooms were very clean but the kitchen often felt grubby. The decor looked as though it could do with a bit of a spruce up. Our room did have a TV which was a nice touch. Gardens were lovely and full of flowers! There's not much nearby except the bus station which is really close. Its about a 15 min walk to the supermarket, 15 min walk to the town centre and 25 min walk to the beach.
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