Words can’t quite do justice to Valapraiso. To articulate its beauty, would almost be too cliche.
After utilizing every mode of transportation imaginable, we made it to the end of the Earth in Chile’s Southern most region of Patagonia. When you come to Patagonia, you expect ice, snow, general coldness, and strange creatures.
Santiago is surprisingly developed, the people are extremely helpful and friendly, and many locals speak English. It may not be my favorite spot in Chile but the city offers a lot of history, and shows a different side of the country.
If you are bussing from Peru to Chile, Arequipa is certainly a worthwhile detour. From Cusco you can catch a bus to Arequipa, and then another bus to Tacna on the border of Chile. At Tacna you can get a taxi that will take you across the Chilean border to Arica. Beware of overstaying your Peruvian Visa, or …
So my birthday began like any other, in a completely subpar “hostel” in a small coastal town on the border of Peru and Chile.