Hacienda Los Andes
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... the room, which was nice because you could actually shut the door to shower and get dressed, as opposed to hopping on one foot behind a shower curtain trying to pull up your pants and inevitably getting them wet.
A side note: we were talking about hostels and privacy with some people in this hostel and a guy told a funny story. He was in a hostel that had two showers side by side with a wall between them, but they shared the same shower curtain. ...
... br> In addition to the entertainment to be found in San Pedro's streets, the hostel I stayed at was housing a plethora of talented guests, a marionettist from Spain, a musician from Chile, another musician from Spain and a couple from America who obviously thought they were Baby and Patrick Swazy from Dirty Dancing, but they were not.
There was a large group of rowdy but lovely Chilean guys who I spent most of my time with there. Every night we ...
... and bright. Opulent focused nose of black fruits with burnt sugar and some oakyness. Rich, rounded, intense. Rather an international style in some ways masking the terroir but there was no doubting this was a nice drop!
During the tasting, trays off finger food arrived with nice bread and some local goat's cheese (a local speciality). There was also some of their olive oil that was delicious. As the wines were great the troops ...
... village five kilometers from Vicuņa, Villaseca, was delicious, filling, and well worth the effort to get there, for the food, service, and ambience reminiscent of California's Napa Valley. This was a perfect late lunch, a short taxi ride from Vicuņa, to follow a steep morning hike up to Cerro de la Virgen, a hill just north of town which, from the top, offers panoramic views of the entire Valle de Elqui.
Late last night, feet tired from hiking, bellies ...
Update a few hours later: I jinxed our smooth travel to San Pedro de Atacama. Millie's backpack was stolen on the bus at around hr 15 of our 17 hr journey. Thankfully, she had all her important documents and money in another bag, but the thief did get away with her newish Cannon camera. It's a harsh reminder that this is a common occurrence in S. America.