Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

Trip Start Apr 03, 2006
Trip End May 29, 2006

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Thursday, April 6, 2006

Last night brought some animated discussions with Patrick and Amy (from Cork), a lovely guy from Brazil and patrick from San Franciso. Topics from music to politics, wines and beers, kids tv and food covered including a rather tense discussion about George Bush versus Hilary Clinton and US politics, much to our amusement! After a hearty breakfast and much needed cup of coffee we set off for the coast with Amy and Paddy cradling oyur bottles of water. A 90 minute coach ride and we arrived in Valparaiso. Took a brief bus tour through El Plan and headed up the ascensior to find our beds for the night - Hostal Pilcomayo in Cerro Conception.

Menu del dia was superb in a little French run place we stumbled upon, not to sure what exactly was in it, but a bargain of 3 courses and a glass of wine for less than a fiver each and it was tasty.

This afternoon we wandered along the front to Viña del Mar to check out the beaches and enjoy the sun... we all got a little too excited at seeing sand and got off the bus about 1km too early but that only added to the pleasure of finally getting there and chilling with Monty.

So another day draws to a close... so we´re off to find a tasty snack for tea and check out the local watering holes. Tomorrow evening we hop on a bus over the border into Argentina to Mendoza in just 8 hours, to start the next leg. Hope you are enjoying our rambles and photos.

Take it easy.

John, Amber and Monty the Magpie
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