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.