The Beach Life and Road Trippin´

Trip Start Jul 02, 2006
Trip End Mar 02, 2007

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Once again, it is so nice to be shown around a city by a local, Pauli thankyou so much.
Arriving in Valapaiso, in no time I had an apartment in nearby Viņa Del Mar only two good drop punts from the beach (ok, three if your kicking style resembles Paul Northeast's).  I love the whole South American beach atmosphere, people wandering the beach selling everything from icecreams to beer, from hats to grilled cheese and in Rio apparently the goods include drugs and girls, although I dont know how they fit in their bag...  We spent an afternoon soaking in the atmosphere and the sun and then the next day recovering from our sun burn - all worth it.  I must mention the food, with Pauli pointing out all the best spots, the time in Valparaiso and Viņa have been one "very very good" meal after another.
A few days of relaxed apartment living and it was time to hit the road again and the urge to rent a car too great.  Driving in South America is an experience, driving on the narrow heavily sloped streets of Valparaiso ridiculous.  Armed with a tent and a not so reliable airbed we set off road trippin.
It has been such a good few days.  A sunset mission to find the beach at Mineral De Talca resulting in hours of dirt roads, candle lit villages, abandoned mines and eventaully getting a little lost was an adventure and a great start.  The beaches of La Serena so long and splendid.  We have been up the worlds biggest cross, raced quad bikes on sand tracks and continued the run of delicious food.  We managed to travel onto the charmingly hippie village of Pisco Equi, the home of Pisco in Chile, which is not quiet as close to the Argentinian border as we travelled after a long wrong turn.  Driving has been such an experience - The Equi valley simply beautiful, a glimpse of green in an otherwise bone dry desert landscape full of cactus riddled mountains.  Camping has been brilliant, the campsite last night being simply unbeatable.  We had our little tent looking straight off the sand dune on to a long deserted beach and a picturesque bay, brilliant. 
Unfortunately my "perfect" record for rentals has continued.  Firstly the scooters in Thailand with Jon coming off and us splitting the small bill.  Secondly, the French dent with "The Chad's" road trip.  This time I have managed to blow a tyre on the gutter - but this time I didnt even attempt to get away with it...
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jessrayodesol on

La Serena? good?
I saw your post and saw your amazing photos of La serena.
I saw the post because I ahd just set up my own as have just been offered a job in La Serena and am moving there from London in 6 wks.
Any advice?

Jess on

Hi there!
My friends and I are living in BA until December and we're making a trip out to Chile in about two weeks. We really want to camp out near the beach but haven't found anything yet on Google. If you don't mind helping us out I'd really appreciate it if you let us know how/where you got your tent and where you camped out?

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