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Concepción, Middle Chile – Finding the Bus is Half the Fun

After a week in Santiago, I felt the urge to go somewhere new, somewhere south but not that south that I would need winter clothes (remember, in Chile, north is hot and south is cold!) Concepción, Chile’s second-largest city, seemed like a good compromise—a six-hour bus ride isn’t a huge commitment and I rented a studio for a few days easily. I should have guessed it wouldn’t be a smooth trip just based on the bus ticket purchase. A few days before the random travel date I had picked, I went to ...
Tags: Travel, Santiago, Chile, Expedia, Mark, Concepción Chile, Concepcion, Valdivia, La Serena, La Alameda, South America 2018-2019, San Borja, Concepción Middle Chile, Pullman Sur, Pullman Tur, Tribunales

In a Parallel Universe

Don’t tell me about the winter storm that swept across America and Canada. Trust me, I know. First, I received an email from the school board: “Gee, don’t even think about sending your kid to school, are you crazy or what?” (Okay, the official wording was “Alert – OCDSB Schools and Buildings CLOSED). An email from Mark’s school followed: “No, but like seriously, we’re not taking your kid, good luck, eh!” (I may be paraphrasing; the official object was “URGENT: Schools Closed Feb. 13th, heavy sno...
Tags: Travel, America, Canada, Santiago, Chile, Nikon, Ottawa, Mark, Feng, La Serena, La Alameda, South America 2018-2019, Santiago Best

Facepalm Moment in Santiago

How many times have I stayed in Santiago? Five, ten times, maybe? I know the city pretty well. Like, for instance, I can explain you that the main avenue is Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins, but that absolutely everyone refers to it as “La Alameda,” which can be confusing for tourists who are trying to say “General Bernardo O’Higgins” with a Spanish accent and are promptly directed to a street with a completely different name, as if it was a practical joke. The 7.77-kilometre-long a...
Tags: Travel, Santiago, Chile, North, Buenos Aires, Feng, Santa Lucia, La Serena, La Alameda, Avenida Libertador, Bernardo O'Higgins, South America 2018-2019, West of San Francisco Church, Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral Cerro Santa Lucía, Biblioteca Nacional de Chile, Torre Entel

Beach Bumming in the Región de Coquimbo — “Turn Right, Third Cactus on the Left”

“It’s easy, really. Climb the hill with cactus all the way to the top. Then you’ll reach the Panamericana.” Right, totally normal, really. I do that every day, hiking up a rocky hill dotted with cactus taller than me. Everything is my fault. This is what happened. In the morning… okay, at noon, I walked from the cabañas to the main street, Francisco de Aguirre. This is basically the crossroad between the beach (left) and the city centre (straight). This is also where you’ll find plenty of colect...
Tags: Travel, Santiago, Chile, Vamos, Coquimbo, La Serena, Farruko, Ilha de Santa Catarina, Pedro Capo, South America 2018-2019, Francisco de Aguirre, Región de Coquimbo, Totorallilo, Cierra la pantalla Abre la Medalla Todo, Coquimbo Phew, Coquimbo Walking

Coquimbo, Its Giant Cross and the Fish Market

In La Serena, there’s the Faro Monumental, the big lighthouse that marks the beginning of Avenida del Mar and provides an endless source of inspiration for tacky souvenirs. But at the other end of the 11-kilometre-long beach, on top of a hill, there’s another city with another giant structure and, I suspected, another batch of tacky souvenirs—Coquimbo and the Cruz del Tercer Milenio. I Googled it—I had never heard of it. Apparently, the cross built in 2001 to mark the 2,000 years since the birth...
Tags: Travel, Chile, Vatican, South America, Jesus, Pacific Ocean, Cristo Redentor, Coquimbo, La Serena, South America 2018-2019, Tercer Milenio, Aldunate Hills of Coquimbo, Aldunate Church of Guayacán, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel Hills, Puerto de Coquimbo La Serena, Coquimbo Caleta de Coquimbo

La Serena, Where Everybody Knows Your Name (How??)

La Serena isn’t some pueblito in the Atacama Desert—Chile’s second-oldest city is the capital of the Coquimbo Region and it has a population of nearly 200,000 (400,000 for the Greater La Serena). Yet, it feels like a small town. Case in point, I was walking on the beach when I saw someone taking pictures of the Faro Monumental with a fancy DSLR. Since he was using a Nikon similar to mine, I thought he was my chance to get the classic tourist shot in front of the big lighthouse. He obliged me, th...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Chile, Patagonia, Nikon, Atacama Desert, La Serena, Southern Chile, South America 2018-2019, Coquimbo Region, Greater La Serena

La Serena, Its Giant Lighthouse and the Pacific Ocean

I’m glad I took a chance on La Serena—it paid off. You never know, with coastal cities. Sometimes, the beach locals rave about is small and dirty, sometimes you end up in a tiny, overpriced town along with hordes of tourists, sometimes port cities are run down and dodgy. But La Serena is lovely. I didn’t have a map, so after dropping off my backpack in the spare bedroom, I headed straight to what looked like the main avenue, Francisco de Aguirre. There were two signs: “Plaza de Armas,” straight,...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Oregon, US, Santiago, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Coquimbo, La Serena, South America 2018-2019, La Serena Much, Francisco de Aguirre

People Go Crazy for “Churrascas” in La Serena

If you see people waiting in line in La Serena, join the queue—chances are you’ll be soon eating the best churrascas you’ve ever had. What, you’ve never had a churrasca? Well, neither did I, until two nights ago. But trust the French expert, this delicious stovetop bread is addictive. On my first night in La Serena, I was walking along the aptly named Avenida del Mar when I smelled the delicious aroma of freshly baked bread. I looked around—was there a bakery somewhere I had missed? But in fact,...
Tags: Travel, Food, Chile, La Serena, South America 2018-2019, Plaza de Armas La Serena, Plaza de Armas La Serena Churrascas, Plaza de Armas La Serena Another, Plaza de Armas La Serena Margarine

How to End Up in Someone’s Spare Bedroom 500 Kilometres North of Santiago

It’s pitch dark outside, which is a sure sign it’s way too early to be up, packing. I hope I’ll be able to find a taxi. I hope I won’t get lost in the maze of the San Borja bus terminal. I hope I’ll find the right bus—apparently, mine says “Iquique” (even though I’m going to La Serena) and it should arrive at platform 35 (or 41, or 24, according to the company’s employee). I hope I’m making the right move, because I have no idea where I’m going. I spent four nights in Santiago and I took surpris...
Tags: Travel, Spain, Santiago, Chile, Brazil, Expedia, Serena, Mark, Feng, Estella, Iquique, La Serena, South America 2018-2019, San Borja, Ovalle Sorry Ovalle, Santiago Between Santiago

The Elqui Valley.....stars and stars...and more joys of camping

We left Santiago bus station so that it could recover from our visit and continued on a different whizz bang bus to La Serena where a lovely German lady rescued us from the large road by the bus station and helped us find our hostel. We enjoyed the pavem
Tags: Travel, Santiago, La Serena, Elqui Valley

Pinguinwatching in La Serena

Geo 35.6751 71.54314 hours later we finally arrived at La Serena and Alex went directly to our hostel while I went to Vicuntildea to finally get back my towel and bikini. We spent the afternoon relaxing and drinking beer on the roof terrace with s
Tags: Travel, Alex, La Serena, Vicuntildea

Week 1 3 days in a small town in Norte Chico.

Geo 35.6751 71.543Second stop on my tour Vicuntildea. Well I didn39t know that this was going to be my 2d stop when I left Santiago... I new that I wanted to spent 3 days in Chico Norte so I took a bus to La Serena but it was only during tha
Tags: Travel, Santiago, La Serena, Norte Chico, Chico Norte

Chile La Serena

Suzanne here... The bus arrived in La Serena 1.5 hours late. Not usually a big deal but we'd booked an apartment and given an arrival time of 2pm and it was that already. There were no taxi's perhaps as the Confederations Cup Final between Chile and
Tags: Travel, Chile, Suzanne, La Serena

How to stretch 8 hrs into 24

Geo 22.9058 68.1951The bus ride to San Pedro de Atacama from La Serena on the coast of Chile was supposed to be 8 or 9 hours. It was 24. Damn TurBus. They39re a left over from the Pinochet years of military occupation and the buses are dirty
Tags: Travel, Chile, Pinochet, San Pedro de Atacama, La Serena

10 amazing landscapes in Chile – that you've probably never heard of

Chile has a wealth of beautiful landscapes beyond the iconic regions of Patagonia and Atacama. As the first direct flights from the UK launch, our local writer picks 10 wilderness areas featuring peaks, beaches, hot springs and indigenous villages Inland from Chile’s second oldest city of La Serena stark mountains enclose the Elqui valley, unfolding into the Andes. The slopes are barren and bone dry but the valley floor is carpeted in the emerald green vines of pisco grapes (to make Chile’s clas...
Tags: Travel, UK, Chile, Patagonia, Top 10s, Wildlife Holidays, Atacama, Adventure Travel, South America Holidays, Chile Holidays, La Serena

Riding Dirty Pisco Elqui Chile

Leaving Valparaiso and heading off to the Elqui Valley on the advice of a local seemed like a good plan. I hopped onto a bus for the eight hour journey CLP 13000 or 26 USD buses here are expensive to La Serena which is a coastal city and the jumping
Tags: Travel, Valparaiso, La Serena

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