Come BS with us as we explore South American Wine Country. Topics include great budget savvy ways to spend your time when visiting the Argentine and Chilean wine regions. Of course, we also talk about visiting Mendoza and the Colchagua Valley! Some of the additional topics include dying of thirst in the Patagonian desert, rooftop bubble baths, and dinosaurs. Just two sassy, honest, and funny travelers doing their thing….
After stumbling through Mendoza and its surrounding wine regions, we headed back to Chile to explore Santiago and some of the neighboring Chilean wine regions. We were most excited to visit the Colchagua valley which is known for its Mediterranean climate and production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec. The steep slopes of the Andes Mountains in the valley prove to be both scenic and the ideal location to grow the various varietals. Continue reading Travel Guide: Chilean wine country on a budget
Our next stop after Santa Cruz was Valparaiso. There is no direct bus from Santa Cruz to Valparaiso so you must change buses in Santiago. From Santiago’s bus terminal, we purchased tickets to Valparaiso on TUR-BUS for two tickets at 8,000 pesos for 2 tickets, or ~$13 USD. The ride was approximately 2 hours and buses run throughout the day. The return ticket was 7,200 pesos, or ~$12 USD. Shop around! Prices at each booth vary slightly in price. Continue reading Best Travel Guide for Valparaíso, Chile
Hostal Museo Puerta Escondida was in a great location in the upper touristy area of Valparaiso. Rooms were modern and clean with very comfy beds.
We appreciated the Art Deco flair of the furnishings and finishes. Shampoo and body wash were provided and the showers were spacious by South American standards. The best part of our stay was the great morning breakfast with eggs, yogurt, toasts, ham, cheese, homemade smoothies, coffee, and tea. Budget savvy folks will swipe the extra rolls and ham and cheese for a lunch time sandwich for later. Staff was helpful in planning our time around the area. There is a computer in the lobby for guests to use and the wifi is fast and reliable. Grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, and an ATM are all within very close proximity. Overall, a very pleasant stay at $77 USD per night.
Come BS with us as we explore Patagonia. Topics include great budget savvy ways to spend your time when visiting Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, El Calafate, El Chaltén , Bariloche, and San Martín de los Andes. Of course, we also talk about visiting Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno glacier! Just two sassy, honest, and funny travelers doing their thing….
Thanks for your patience as we were off the grid in the Cook Islands and had to deal with New Zealand’s ancient internet rules (needing costly vouchers and only given brief allotments of free wifi). Now in Sydney, our fifth continent on this RTW, we will be posting all the great budget savvy travel posts and vlogs that we have worked on in the last 50 days!
Back when we worked to travel, spending lots of cash in a short amount of time to make the most of our holidays, we aggressively planned almost every minute of our time away. On a RTW trip, we’ve accepted that days move along too fast to have every detail planned. Continue reading Travel Guide: Patagonia Cheat Sheet – Budget Savvy Tips and Itinerary
We booked a private double bed after a poor experience at another local hostel <Yaganhouse> in Puerto Natales. <The Singing Lamb> was one of the best experiences we’ve had with a hostel on our backpacking trip through Patagonia. Continue reading Best Hostel in Puerto Natales, Chile – The Singing Lamb Hostel