North Zone Travelogues

Valle del Elqui

We arrived in La Serena early in the morning after a 7 hour bus ride. The streets were almost entirely deserted, on account of most people not waking until 9 am or even later. Having the run of the city to ourselves was nice, though on the other hand we couldn’t find a single place to eat or even get [...] Read more ››

September 18th

For those who don’t know, “the dieciocho” is a national holiday in Chile, taking place on September 18th, with the 19th being a holiday as well. With most people booking off time from work on the day that falls nearest to the weekend, it works out to be a 5 day break filled with merriment for Chileansand tourists. I sometimes [...] Read more ››

Summer time Christmas in San Pedro

This was surely one of the strangest Christmas days I’ve yet had. I had always spent Christmas with my family, at home, in the snow (sounds nice, but snow’s not all it’s cracked up to be for those who haven’t experienced it). Waking up on Christmas Day in the blistering heat of Chile was extremely odd, but I had no [...] Read more ››

From San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni Salt Flat

I’m writing this from La Paz, Bolivia, and we’ve had a quite a journey from Chile in the past week to get here. Strap yourselves in as I recount the ups, downs and in-betweens of your journey. Our journey begins in Calama, in the middle of the Atacama Desert. The airport we landed at didn’t even have a proper runway, it’s [...] Read more ››

San Pedro de Atacama…Chile’s North

Today saw us aboard a bus for the whole day (and then some, about 26 hours worth of travel time), as we travelled from the capital Santiago to the Atacama Desert and San Pedro de Atacama, a small town amidst this desolate region. I’m thankful we had comfortable bus seats, that not only allowed us to sit comfortable without too [...] Read more ››

Lauca National Park

I was up early in the morning to catch a tour bus departing to Lauca at 7:30. It would fill the entire day, returning at approximately 8:00 in the evening. I had a bus to catch south immediately following this tour, so I had to pack all my stuff and bring it with me on the tour. The tour-goers were [...] Read more ››

Here in La Serena

Maria’s Case was my home away from home while staying in La Serena, a small coastal beach town in Chile, and it’s one of the nicest hostels I’ve stayed at anywhere. It was relatively small, with just 9 rooms, and featured a nice outdoor garden area, large kitchen and free internet access (this should be a necessity at all hostels, [...] Read more ››

From Chuquicamata to San Pedro

I’ve had enough of big cities and resting for now, it was now time to get out there and explore! I would next be travelling by bus to San Pedro de Atacama, and these buses were really extravagant, not at all like what I was used to back home. As this would be a long journey to San Pedro de [...] Read more ››

The driest desert in the world

For many, riding on buses is akin to torture. Cramped seating, long trips with no chance to stretch your legs, it’s not pleasant even the best of circumstances. The Chilean buses we’ve rode on have been really nice, with large comfortable seats, air-conditioning, and overhead T.V’s, but even so, when you’re on a 20+ hour journey as we were, eventually [...] Read more ››

Elqui Valley: The Sun Through the Vines

I arrived in Chile, with one thing of my mind, Elqui Valley, I had seen the pictures of my friend Peter in his last trip to Chile to his hometown Cochiguaz, since that moment I knew I had to get there in some point of my life. Elqui Valley is pure magic, is something about the vines, the river, the hills [...] Read more ››