A last look at the Pacific

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Mar 16, 2009


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Friday, January 9, 2009

It was hard to leave Santa Cruz and the wine lands behind but we knew our budget wouldn't be able to withstand another few days of wine tours and tastings. We'd heard that there was a great little sea side village just a few hours west of Santa Cruz that had beautiful beaches and was one of Chiles top surf spots. We felt this would be a great way to spend our last few days in Western South America before we crossed the Andes and continued east.
 
Even though it was a last minute decision and a weekend we still managed to find some great accommodation in the form of a lovely little cabin up on the hill overlooking the small town. The place was run by a nice American couple and had three cabins set-up on the property. Each unit was equipped with a kitchen, living areas and great views! We also had a large common area between the cabins setup with hammocks and a fire pit. Just the way we wanted to spend our last few days in Chile.
 
After we'd checked in we took a drive through town which had a real laidback beach atmosphere with loads of little restaurants, coffee shops and bars, many of which were right on the beach. We drove along the beach road and soon found a nice quite spot to watch the sunset. We spent more than an hour just watching the wave's crash into the rocks below as the lazily sun dipped into the ocean and disappeared.
 
The next day we explored some of the beaches further up the coast and caught a bit of the surf action. It truly was a beautiful day so we decided to head back into town for a lazy lunch somewhere on the beach. We ended up spending the entire afternoon enjoying snacks, drinks and the great ocean views. We could easily have spend the rest of the evening just chilling on the beach but had to navigate ourselves home before we got too 'relaxed' to find home.
 
Back at the cabin we built a great big log fire, watched the last of the sunset and enjoyed a great bottle of Casa La Joya Merlot that we picked up at a winery called Bisquertt on our way out of Santa Cruz. The few days in Pichilemu were a perfect ending to our Chilean leg of the trip and we were feeling a lot more up beat about the final few weeks of our trip after the little slump in Santiago.
 
Next morning we were up early to make our way back to Santiago where we had to drop off the rental car and catch a fourteen hour bus to Mendoza. Surprisingly this was a bus trip we were both looking forward to as it would take us over the Andes and into Argentina, passing some spectacular scenery.
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