Trip Start Nov 17, 2010
Trip End Feb 27, 2011

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Hostal Casabella

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Friday, December 17, 2010

17/12/2010 - Friday
We arrived in Valparaiso (Valpo to the locals) and walked 10 minutes to find our hostel.  Hostel Casabella is a small hostel owned by Richard, a South Australian, and his Chilean wife.  It is in a quiet area and all the rooms are very clean and spacious.  All the doors were lined with a layer of foam, which stops the doors from slamming when someone enters or leaves, especially at late hours of the night!

We also ran into some Brits that stayed at Hostel Bellavista in Santiago, so we organised a time to meet up.

That night we went to a large three level nightclub called Huevo (egg), got whistled at by transvestites and on the way home at 3am I ate a really dodgy looking choripan, kind of like a hotdog but with lots of dressings like guacamole and tomato.

18/12/2010 - Saturday
Chilled out and didn't do much. Booked our bus tickets to San Pedro de Atacama, but because we booked late we had to get tickets via Santiago. 

19/12/2010 - Sunday
We met up with some people from the same hostel we stayed at in Santiago, and caught a public bus to Viņa del Mar, about 30 minutes drive from Valparaiso.  Our driver was a maniac and was easily going over the speed limit, but we survived.

On the way to the bus station I stopped at the side of the road to buy a cheap towel, and ended up picking up a $4 towel with a large print of Ricky Martin on it.  Possibly the best purchase I've ever made.  It was a big hit with the girls!

We also brought out some portable speakers we bought back in Santiago, but only after bringing it out we realised we had bought the wrong batteries, so Oliver went off to buy the right ones while we sat on the beach.  Eventually Oliver returned with the right ones and we had some tunes pumping.

In the afternoon we walked around Valparaiso town, took some pictures in one of the main squares and caught an ascensor, an elevator/train thing, up the side of the town and to a lookout.
20/12/2010 - Monday
We got up at 6am to catch the bus, Richard the hostel owner was kind enough to pack us some ham and cheese sandwiches for our bus journey. What a legend! Our bus too 2.5 hours to reach Santiago, then we hopped on another bus (just in time) and departed for San Pedro de Atacama.
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