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... an especially the supermarket - it's weird how priorities change on a trip like this. There was a mall nearby and it was a big one too. It had all the named brands you would expect in a western mall and it even had piped music playing. We were definitely back in a first world country. We didn't buy anything from the shops though, it just felt good to walk through and then grab a hot dog from the food court. As we were leaving, we stumbled across a ice cream shop ...
... walking to a seafood place that was recommended to us, instead of walking all the way back. Another 1-1.5 hours later we finally found the seafood spot. Turned out to be a really sweet spot, and the seafood was to die for. This place was the highlight of La Serena... even though it was actually in Coquimbo. After stuffing our faces was fish and chips, we caught a bus back to our hostel and got ready for our overnight bustrip.
... When you watch the sun setting over the Valle de La Luna it feels like you are standing amidst the craters of the moon. Hence the name.
My favourite spot was the nature reserve housing the El Tatio Geysers, the world's third largest geothermal field and one of the highest, at 4 320m above sea level.
All the tour companies making the trip set off at 4am to arrive at the reserve in time for the sunrise at the geysers, as this is the ...
... the harvest which was due in the following couple of weeks!). This ended with us all in their Laboratory which was the unusual location for our tasting!
1. Viognier 2013 13.5%
Clear and bright with a stone fruit nose of ripe pears. Rich with good acidity and apricot notes and some texture.
2. Rosť 2013 13.5%
The first rosť we had been given in Chile (if my memory is good). This was made from Syrah ...
... laundry done - but being the cheapass I am, I didn't want to pay 2000 CHP per kg. Afterwards we caught a bus to Coquimbo to see the Cruz del Tercer Miliu (sp?) cross. We took a very long walk afterwards through the windy streets down the hill. Coquimbo reminded me of certain parts of Durban. Lots of rubbish littered the streets. Very hilly. Lots of houses missing due to what seemed like the ground beneath it crumbling. And lots of dog poop. But the views down this hill were ...