Hostal Jardin del Sol
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCabana Lodge Motel Whangamata
A good choice and more like a hotel then hostel. Super clean and safe, a delicious breakfast and plenty of pleasant sitting areas to relax. The owners are very nice, caring and take pride in their establishment. I would definitely stay here again if in town.
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... time difference between Peru and Chile ...
So you can imagine how delighted I was when I saw the taxis lined up to take people into Tacna, or directly to Arica for a reasonable price (I think USD40). Done deal. My driver negotiated the border crossing directing me where to go, and in less than 90 min I found myself in my hostal. Its great travelling with dosh.
By this stage my appetite had sort of come back ... so I headed out for a walk in search of ...
... in ripped tee shirts trying to run off with your luggage and much much more. So you can imagine my surprise when I got there at around 9pm and there was just one orderly line to leave Peru and another one to enter Chile. The whole event took less than 30 minutes.
Another thing that made crossing into to Chile that much more dramatic was that everything is 3-4 times more expensive than Peru, but this blow to your bank account ...
... to be sure.. After my minor surgery, I managed to safely leave Arequipa on a night bus. A bit strange because night buses tend to be longer journeys, but the road to Tacna was only 5 hours. Unperturbed, I arrived in Tacna bus station eager to catch my 1 hour connection across the border to Chile. The small "Combi" buses, however, were not that keen on taking me for some reason. Smell, looks, hunch, they weren't biting so I began to look for the slightly more expensive yet ...