Francisco de Aguirre Hotel
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... harvesting festival, coinciding with the anniversary of the city's founding, Carnival Elquino, and was teeming with tents, vendors, food stands and live music. After dropping our bags at our guesthouse, Residencial La Elquina, we spent the remainder of that afternoon taking it all in. The festivities, which had lasted for a week, ended Sunday evening, February 23nd, the day we arrived. I am feeling lucky to have been able to witness and enjoy the second ...
... hand, was great! Next time I would head straight for Pisco de Elqui and stay there for a few nights, using it as a base to enjoy the stars and explore the valley, with hiking and horse-riding trips. But I think thats best done with company rather than solo, so for now, its back to Santiago, to then head on to Argentina.
My full photo album from Chile is here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set =a.10101186561163903.1073741837.1922703 ...
... lady in charge of breakfast and cleaning the rooms was like a surrogate mum, making sure we'd eaten enough breakfast and getting excited about our plans for the day. She gave us huge hugs when it was time to leave - I wanted to take her with us!
The first day we wanted to go on a tour to Isla Damas to (finally) see penguins but were told at breakfast it was cancelled (the port was closed due to bad weather). Elusive little buggers!
Instead Carolin, a ...
... of some of the town's poorest inhabitants.
The next day we got up early and took the bus to Vicuņa. Situated at the mouth of the Elqui valley an hour or so inland it is a small, uniform and rather unappealing town, ironically surrounded by beautiful countryside. However, we had not come for the town itself but to taste the world famous Pisco which is made in the valley. What better place to start than at the CAPEL distillery, Chile's largest producer of ...
... to the bus station. My bus to Valparaiso was to be my last long bus ride (6 hours) and was leaving at 6am. As I waited the bus was late and in the end did not arrive until 7.10am! I was not in a good mood, I could have had extra time in bed and it was probably the most late a bus has been on my entire trip. But, arrive it eventually did and I was happy to find I had no-one sitting next to me so could enjoy the extra space for my last bus ride to my penultimate destination in South ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Free parking