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We moved to Santiago for the weekend and checked into a hostel called The Princessa Insolente, a brand new and really cool place. The beds were comfy and they had lovely duvets (it’s the little things that matter after 5 months of travelling!) the staff were really nice and the place had a lovely laid back vibe. We arrived in for Friday nights BBQ night and in true chilean style there was slabs of meat lashed on the BBQ, with a few peppers thrown on for the veggies too.

Net morning we got up early to do the Free Walking tour of Santiago, this was brilliant. It was the best way to see the city and we instantly got our bearings and all the history around as we wandered through the city. The tour was great too as we would stop off at all the various street food vendors and he’d explain what everything was and show us the best places to eat and drink around town. One of the highlights was the most amazing ice cream parlors thats we’d ever been too. Its selection of flavours we scrumtous, from stawberry and mint, to orange chocolate, to cookies and cream made our mouths water and we came back the next day to sample all 😉

We spent 4 days here in Santiago and since we had time to kill before our flight out, we headed off too Mendoza in Argentina (8hrs by bus)

We arrived into Valpariso after a quick stop in La Serena for a night. We moved on from there as they had 1 years worth of rain in one night and the place was like a ghost town because it was their low season and we were the only people in the hostel. So off we headed to Valpariso on Lisa’s birthday – sorry babes, an 8 hour bus ride is no way to spend a birthday, but at least we got some cakes onboard.

Valpariso or Valpo as it’s known to the locals, is a beautiful little city about an hour away from Santiago. The citys hills are filled with beautifully coloured buildings that bring a bohemian vibe to the place. Its walls are adorned with every type of street art around making it a cool place all in all.

We stayed in a place called Villa Marie Antoinette, and once again we were the only people in the hostel for the first 2 nights. It felt a bit weird – kinda like staying in someone elses home with a babysitter watching your every move.

Set in the Atacama desert in Northern Chile, San Pedro is known for its star gazing and that’s exactly what we came here to do. Like anything outdoors its subject to weather conditions but on our second night we were lucky enough that the clouds cleared away and we got to go gazing. We headed out from San Pedro to an Astronomers home where he explained all about the stars in the sky, how their light reaches us, how to pick out the constellations and planets. Then he showed us the telescopes that were set up on his lawn. All had been set out to different points and it was amazing! We even got to see Saturn with its rings and moons. A magical night.