It’s a bit ridiculous that I’m writing about Santiago when we’ve been back from the big trip since March! But, life can run away with you at times and before you know it, it’s 3 months later and we’re back to everyday life…kind of.
At the beginning of this adventure, we wrote that we were most excited about meeting new people, particularly locals. Of course, we love meeting fellow backpackers and sharing best hostels, hikes, and tales of mishaps and muggings but you can’t beat spending time with people who hail from the countries you’re striving to become culturally immersed in.
Tucked away in the Andes of Patagonia, Pucón is a sweet little city which booms with tourists in the summer months. It’s a mecca for adrenaline junkies and the perfect base for an action-packed holiday; think Queenstown, Taupo, and Tahoe. For the four days we were there, we felt a world away from South America and more like we were back in New Zealand!
This post doesn’t really need an intro. When you hear Patagonia scenes of huge jagged mountain tops, glaciers, lush green forests and fjords spring to mind…and maybe the odd rain jacket too.
Whoops, we’re only running a month late with our posts.
We arrived into San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, the driest desert in the world, just in time for Christmas. The border crossing was, once again, a bit of mission. Thankfully there were no hidden costs to this one but we did park up at a huge market for an hour so the driver of the bus could do some last minute Christmas shopping! Classic South America, we’ve discovered.