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Google said the drive from Alamos to Chihuahua was 7.5 hours, but the roads were mountainous, curvaceous, and rough...like some of the women in the Sonoran charro bars. I got there in 10 hours. My GoPro battery was dead, so no video...at 16x the speed, it might've been a nauseous ride anyway. It was a loooong day on the road. Intermittent stretching was crucial. I learned exactly how far one tank of gas could ...
... rolled up.
After Cristian got the keys to the Hyundai Sante Fe 4x4 SUV, and we jetted out of the city. The landscape was much different then the dry and arid city of Santiago. As we moved from the Pacific coast to the Andes mountains the terrain became more green and less flat. We had a three hour drive to reach the hydro plant of Duqueco.
The Duqueco (pronounced "do-ky-co") hydroelectric complex was built in 1997, and purchased by Duke ...
... to dress up to go to, a place to be seen in. I'm sure my flip-flops and hippy pants left everyone in awe ;)
I barely made a dent in my food but we worked our way through a couple of cajuamas (giant beers) while discussing the perils and perks of cross-cultural dating and kept one eye on the football game blaring out from giant tv screens. Caro and her roomie joined us as the evening set in and we went for a coffee in ...
Heading towards Santiago, the capital of Chile, but have to
get some decent miles under our belts to get there – Chile is a very long, thin
country. Stopped off on the way at Saltos De Laja, a fairly famous set of
waterfalls. It was beautiful, gorgeous sunshine again, and as well as being
simply stunning you can swim in the pools right up to them. Maddie and Steve
were first ...
... continued on, walking to the other end of the town, and back to the main highway.
I walked a couple of kilometres, before a truck pulled alongside me. I told them where I was going and jumped in the back (in the open top boot part). They drove a couple more kilometres, and as it was pretty cold, invited me to sit in the back seat of the vehicle. It was at this point, I noticed they may be the guys from the village, but there was only two of them and still everything ...