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 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 $77 USD per night.
Come BS with us as we explore Patagonia. Topics include great budget savvy ways to spend your time when visiting Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, El Calafate, El Chaltén , Bariloche, and San Martín de los Andes. Of course, we also talk about visiting Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno glacier! Just two sassy, honest, and funny travelers doing their thing….
Thanks for your patience as we were off the grid in the Cook Islands and had to deal with New Zealand’s ancient internet rules (needing costly vouchers and only given brief allotments of free wifi). Now in Sydney, our fifth continent on this RTW, we will be posting all the great budget savvy travel posts and vlogs that we have worked on in the last 50 days!
After Antarctica, the B$ Travelers have been busy making their way north up through the beautiful mountainous regions of Patagonia. Check out how they handle the high winds of Patagonia. Footage includes Torres Del Paine, Punta Arenas, and Puerto Natales.
Chile’s second largest city in Patagonia, Puerto Natales, enjoys a superb location on the edge of the Pampa, sitting next to a body of water surrounded by high peaks. Some call it one of the most picturesque cities in Chile.
We will be staying at the Yaganhouse in a double private room for $26.75 USD per person per night. This hostel seems lovely with a onsite restaurant/bar, coffee and laundry service, and terrace to enjoy the views. In addition, the hostel boosts beds so comfy that you won’t want to wake up in the morning! (Are we sure this is a hosteI?) I’m sure that won’t happen as we will be anxious to get out to explore Torres del Paine National Park.
We reserved a private double at the Yaganhouse based on the excellent reviews from Trip Advisor. The downstairs private room is NOT as it appears on any website. We only managed one night stay here as the room smelled so bad of an odor that was similar to a litter box/ ammonia cat spay that we could not stand it any longer than necessary. Please note that there was plug in deodorizers and sprays in the room and staff appears to know that there is a problem. In addition, the room does have a nice, comfy bed and the linens smelled clean. However, the carpet was very dirty, the room cramped with no space for luggage or gear, and there was actually a plant growing out of the shower wall and bed lights were coming out of the walls. Everything is just not being maintained for the high amounts of traffic of people coming through the rooms. For example, the bathroom door handle fell off with normal use. No soap or shampoo is provided. On a positive, there is a nice cozy sitting area with couches and a small fireplace. Nice communal area spaces. Breakfast was the most protein based we had with eggs, yogurt, cereal and fresh baked bread, coffee or tea. Staff exceptionally friendly.
Room Tip! Don’t go for room 5 downstairs, not only is the smell unhealthy, but it is in a high traffic area and exceptionally noisy.
“Visitors to this most southern part of the world should keep in mind that this is frontier land; the most attractive features are found in the rugged nature and indigenous wildlife, trying to exist in often harsh and unpredictable weather conditions.”