Two day excursion in the Andes Mountains!
Trip Start Jun 13, 2009
17Trip End Jul 26, 2009
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When we got there, we went straight to the restaurant for a meal of piscosours, bread with pebre, salad, corn, potato salad, chicken, beef, and dessert
Again, we had a break, but this time I had the chance to put my stuff inside and check out the cabin. It was very quaint. There were 7 of us girls in this specific cabin. There was a tiny kitchen, bathroom, dining room, and one bed downstairs
The next morning, Friday, July 17, we made our way down to the restaurant for breakfast at 9:30 AM. For breakfast we had juice and bread with jam, eggs, and avocado of course. From there, we packed our bags, loaded them onto the buses, and met up with the tour guides to take us on a hike up in the mountains. We hiked up to see two waterfalls - how beautiful! Along the way there was this stream that was safe to drink from - man was that water delicious and refreshing! The hike lasted for an hour and a half! I stayed in the front most of the way. At the top, we waited for everyone to make it up the mountain before we headed back down! While waiting, we saw a condor fly over the mountain tops! I enjoyed sitting there, taking in the sun, and listening to the waterfall nearby. On the way back down the mountain, I ended up in the back group because I was playing photographer for others in my group. (I tend to do this a lot! I guess I must be pretty good! haha!) There were about ten people still behind Matthew and I when we decided to go ahead down the mountain by ourselves. We crossed the last bridge slowly so we could take pictures without anyone bugging us to keep going. At the end of the bridge, we realized that we had been locked in and couldn't get to the other side. I called another person in our group to make sure that we hadn't taken the wrong route and found out that we had to simply wait for the tour guide in the very back
After the long hike, it was back to the restaurant for lunch. This time we ate pasta with a type of chicken sauce and panqueques for dessert! Que rico! My table mates decided to go down to the river after eating. Again I played photographer for several others and then sat, enjoyed the scenery, and chatted with the others until it was time to go back to the bus to head home. On the way home, everyone was soooo tired, but we still had one more stop. We went to Concha y Toro (a winery near Santiago). It wasn't as big as the one in Casablanca, but it was very pretty and nice overall. We got to taste a white wine and a red wine (I only liked the red wine). There was this one part in our tour called Castillo del Diablo (the devil's castle). We went into a dark basement that was filled with this type of wine they make, and we listened to a story about how the devil is haunting the wine in this cellar. The Castillo del Diablo wine is in the top 10 wines in the world! After the short tour, everyone was ready to head back to Vina del Mar. It had been an exciting yet exhausting two days! We returned home around 8 PM that evening.
How great it was to spend a couple of days surrounded by these mountains!!! I don't have the words to describe how much fun I had! I continued to have fun that Friday night with my brother, Oscar, and his friends. He picked me up and took me to his apartment around midnight (that's usually when they start their partying). We hung out with friends at the apartment for a while, walked along the sea on San Martin, and eventually headed to a bar where we danced for a couple of hours. We stayed until the bar closed and went back to the apartment where we hung out and danced with more friends! I always have a great time hanging out with the Chileans! I will be very sad to leave both my new American and Chilean friends :( Hopefully we can keep in touch through Facebook and maybe I'll be able to visit soon!