Hotel Isla Seca
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The Chilean central coast is surprisingly similar to the California central coast. You wake up every morning knowing that there will be brilliant sunshine and perfect temperatures. As a result, you just don't appreciate the perfection anymore. Zapallar is idyllic sleepy coastal town with Mediterranean style villas overlooking the Pacific Ocean. …
... If seagulls are the fighters then Pelicans look more like huge lumbering Lancaster bombers as they wheeled about trying to bully the seagulls away from the food. Then dogs would run at them all for the sheer joy of watching them scatter. Being west facing the sun slipped down over the pacific in the late afternoon and evening, scattering off the waves. All in all it was just the recovery time we needed. I could have stayed a week!
... fruit, and fresh bread. We cooked every meal and British Bob was always there to eat off your plate. There were bon fires until 4 am and conversations had around the picnic table represented by 7 different nationalities.
We never made it to Valparaiso for this leg of the trip. We decided instead to spend 2 nights there after Ritoque. Upon arrival in Valparaiso, and subsequently in Mendoza, we still wonder why we ever left.
Well, the drive from Pisco Elqui to Zapallar was just a wee longer than expected (gulp, sorry honey!). It was an 8½ hour day. It took almost 4½ hours just to get to Ovalle (which was actually 75 miles from Vicuna, not the 25 I thought. I actually never attempted any precise calculations because other than going through La Serena, which meant back-tracking 100% of the drive we had taken to get to Pisco Elqui, there was no other option. But the ...
Adios Mendoza. Though leaving the city before 7am on the 8th, it was a somewhat sleepy departing as we headed Westwards, ip into the Andes, and on towards the Argentinian / Chilie border. As we climbed higher, the Aconcagua snow-topped peak was visible in the far background. At 6960 metres above sea level, it rose above everything else as testament to its title of not only South America´s but ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet