Friday, May 17, 2013

San Pedro de Atacama - Still Chile but so different! ;)

We spent 3 nights in San Pedro and were able to do everything we wanted to do there in that time.

Our trip to San Pedro began with a bus ride that was not to good, we got almost no food, it was really sunny and no ac. But the bus driver was really nice and let us sit with him for a while where he had an open window ;)

When we arrived in San Pedro we were really hungry and we had expected to see a McDonalds sign somewhere but nooo this was a ghost town! We asked a staff member from the hostel (Roberto) to drive us to town so we could find something to eat,  it was really dark and we had no idea where to walk and there were no taxis there. He was so nice that he drove us there and picked us up. At "down town" we found a local restaurant where they had live music and really good food! unfortunately we did not think about bringing a camera because we where sooo tired and didn't know we would end up in that cool place ;) It was very local! no turists and we sat on hay! :)

The next day we walked to town, looked around, booked a trip through valley de la Luna, sandboarding disco night and a three days tour to and through Salar de Uyuni, and payed the star observation tour that we had booked in advance. That night we had the Star gazing tour which was amazing!! It was in the desert where there where no lights so you could see the stars a lot better, we saw the milky way, the southern cross, Jupiter, Saturnus, some star signs and a lot more! :D this was for sure one of the highlights of the trip here in South-America.

outside the hostel

in front of the hostel

Walking to town

We woke up on our second day in San Pedro eager to see more!! so we walked back to town and did some sightseeing, bought some water for the trip to salar de uyuni and made everything for the trip ready.  After that we went to valley de la luna (the moon valley) which was really nice! there we saw the sunset which was so beautiful.

valley de la luna

the three sisters, one was broken down by a stupid french man ;)


Strike a pose

waiting for the sunset 

That night at 22:00 was our sand boarding disco night which was so amazing, we had the best time and we were home around 02:00 in the night. Anna is definitely learning how to snowboard after that ;)


Early the day after we went to our 3day trip where Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia was our destination (the saltflats). We went with Bex and two Swedish girls we met at our hostel in San Pedro, Linnea and Towe :D we had an amazing time there. Taking pictures at  salar is so much fun. Just look at our pics in the next blog ;)

CHILE baby ;)

El pais es Chile y la ciudad es Santiago chicos ;)  11.03´13

Like we told you in our blog about Mendoza we met Bex in BA. After hearing her talk about Chile we were sold! We knew that Chile was a place we could not miss.

Our trip began with a bus from Mendoza which took about 8 hours. We arrived in Santiago late in the evening that day so we didn't do anything other than just have some dinner and go to sleep.

At the Chilean boarder

The road to Santiago from the boarder

this looks a lot like home ;) aahh home...

The next day we woke up early to go on a free walking tour, the tour was amazing and very enlightening. But there was this really huge and loud dog that followed us the whole time, and he didnt really like it when other dogs came close so at times we didnt really hear what the guide was saying, but we just imagined it being interesting ;)

Plaza de la Armas where the free walking tour started.

the spanish guy that took over chile 

a statue made as a tribute to the indians

The annoying Dog and the group

the white house ;)

Real Chilean food

 For lunch we had a traditional Chilean food that our guide recommended. We shared a corn pie, bean soup with a whole sausage and a chicken soup. It was strange but still good.  After that we took a taxi up San Cristobal to watch the view over Santiago.  It was really beautiful.

San Cristobal

The view from San Cristobal

After getting down from San Cristobal we sat down at a student bar and had a Terremoto (e.earthquake, one of the must haves in Santiago),  it consists of half a glass of white wine, half a glass of fernet, plus a little bit of pineapple ice cream, you wait for the ice cream to melt and than you drink it.
Thank god we didn't have one each but just one together because it was quite strong and after a hole glass (500mL) you really would be able to feel the earth move! :P


 We almost did everything we wanted to do in Santiago in that one day.  The only thing we would have liked to see as well is "coffee with legs". Its a coffee shop where at a "special" minute the doors are locked and the waitresses take their clothes of! You never know when this "minute of the day" will be but after that minute everything goes back to normal, the waitresses put they're clothes back on and start waiting the tables like nothing ever happened, a must see! claro! ;)