Onto the Pachamama bus

Trip Start Sep 13, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Today was the first day of a ten-day trip that would take me to the north of Chile and primarily the Atacama Desert.  The mini-bus turned up and it was obvious that I was the last to be picked up, which of course meant I got the worse seat.  Not too much of a problem though and I also met James and Lucy who'd been in the hostel a week before.  The first day of the trip was essentially a long one on the bus as we headed the 470kms north up to La Senera.

Chile is a very long, thin country, which means any journey is a long way!  Our first stop was at Pichidangui, which during the summer is a busy beach resort.  Unfortunately, this wasn't summer time, so all we found here were a few fishermen, stray dogs and a few pelican looking at getting a free lunch from the fishermen.  We were supposed to stop at a restaurant here for lunch, but that was closed also.  I did manage to find a church that was full of flowers inside, so I took a few photos through the glass door, before heading back to the mini-bus.  We quickly headed on and grabbed some lunch at a service station!

That evening we arrived in La Serena and had a walk along the beach.  This place is very much a summer town, with plenty of accommodation options and places to eat along the beach front, including a noticeable amount of construction work still being undertaken.  The hotel we stayed in was ok, with the group split into twin rooms with single beds (no bunk beds!).

Once checked in, as a group headed out for something to eat.  When in restaurants in Chile, it's always worth looking out for the set menus, as not only are they the cheaper option, but they consist of three courses and taste pretty good.  With us being a big group (15 - 13 tourists, plus the driver and guide), the meal took a couple of hours, so all we had time for afterwards was a quick trip to the supermarket to get supplies for the following day.

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