From the Desert to the Capital

Our fantastic tour through the Uyuni desert ended in the village of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile.

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We spent only one night there and were right away shocked by the much higher Chilean prices. These had, compared with Bolivia, about doubled or tripled and bus travel cost almost five times as much. On the other hand, however, Chile had a well developed road system, with excellent bus services. In Chile, one has the feeling being in Europe again. No slums, everything is clean and you feel secure. Each country has its advantages and disadvantages. After the night in San Pedro, we searched for our first geocache in Chile and then went with  the night bus to the capital city of Santiago de Chile.

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We were picked up from the bus station by our couch surfing host Cristian. He and his girlfriend spoiled us all along the line. In addition to a proficient city tour and the experience of Chile’s qualification for the World Cup in South Africa, we even got dinner in bed.
After three days we had enough of the city and went to Betty and Christoph in Talca. Our two friends from Dresden already live there for six years and shared their beautiful home with us.

Chile-9As a very special treat the lovely Betty organized a four-day riding tour through the Andes for us and three of their friends!! But more about that in the next post…