In Chile one thing quickly changed. It was just to expensive to stay in hotels, so we would have to camp in our tent again. Here in Chile we would find a lot of places (used www.ioverlander.com), were we could wild camp. The different landscapes were amazing and we enjoyed sleeping in our tent without the noise of traffic and not having to sleep in a terrible bed in a cheap hotel. The only thing is that it take more time to camp, and we still had 2000 km to go.
Now hoping that we could finish the last 2000 km in 4 days, which meant that the whole trip to Santiago de Chile would just have taking 10 days in total. Quickly back on the motorcycles to ride through the amazing desert in the northern part of Chile.
Here there is just a lot of nothing – the view from my motorcycle 90 % of the time
To pass time we tried to get through all the music numbers on the GPS, and when Esben is bored, he starts taking even more pictures
In average he took more than 250 pictures a day. After going through them all and deleting 90 % of all the riding pictures, we collected a few of the good ones. Driving through the desert and passing by the San Pedro de Atacama, which has Chile’s largest salt flat, volcanoes and steaming geysers. We just have to come back to this desolated, but breathtaking place.
Even a few pictures of Esben riding
It got harder to get up in the morning, and we really needed our morning coffee to get us going
Now also having the need for more caffeine during the day. In Peru it was impossible just to buy coffee on the gas stations (not totlly impossible but the ones we could buy tasted horrible), but here in Chile we could pretty much get everything, that would keep us going a few more hours on the motorcycles.
We had to drive 500 km a day to make the last 2000 km in 4 days, which meant that we didn’t have time for restaurants, so we had more tuna for lunch and dinner.
Setting up the tent after turning of the Pan-American highway on to a gravel road, where we easily found a spot where we could put up the tent
The further south we drove, the more green it got
Maybe you already noticed – all the garbage is gone. Getting in to Chile changed the garbage situation completely, it is thought-provoking that to neighboring countries are so far away from each other in handling the garbage. Here is an good example of how the people in Chile are getting aware of how long time is takes for different kind of garbage to degraded in the nature.
I think it was on our second to last day of driving, we stopped at a stall selling fresh cheese next to the road. We were just so tired of tuna.
We had booked a room in an apartment in Vina del Mar just north of Santiago. On the 10th day of driving we reached Vine del Mar. Yes, we made the 5000 km in just 10 days including two border crossing, which had been the two easiest border crossings so far. Our first stop was at the supermarket to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and wine – NO MORE TUNA!
We stopped at McDonalds (only selling ice cream) before entering the supermarket – celebrating that we had made it!
We totally went crazy in the supermarket, and getting all the groceries on the motorcycles were a challenge. It was the last time, that we had packed up our motorcycles.
We met our Airbnb host, Jorge (a really nice guy – but more about that in another post), and he showed us the parking and apartment.
Making dinner and sharing a bottle of vine
Come on Esben give me a smile! You don’t have to eat tuna
The apartment had a balcony were we had time to sit with a glass of wine and popcorn. We almost haven’t had any alcohol the last 6 months, so after sharing just one bottle of wine after 10 days on the road, we both woke up during the night with hangovers. I think we need to drink more wine, and do less kilometers . Still we were just so happy, that we were finally in Vina del Mar – ready to sell the motorcycles?
We would stay in the apartment while selling the motorcycles and buying a van – how did it go? Check out the next post.