15 February 2016
Lost for three days?
Dates: 26 January – 29 January 2016
Location: Around San Jose de Maipo
This is one of those times where things just didn't go to plan… It wasn't a disaster or anything but it did really change our plans for the next three days. And when I say change I mean change of country…
The plan was to land in Santiago and hire a car straight from the airport and drive into Argentina to go land sailing in a little town. Nothing was booked or anything, but that was not what happened. We went to go hire a car and as soon as we wanted to cross the border from chile into Argentina it was going to cost us another $500 in insurance and papers etc. We decided that for three days it just wasn't worth paying that much extra so we had to change plans pretty fast! So we sat in the airport with our two guidebooks open and picked another place to spend the next three days… Pretty soon we were on the road in a hire car and no map. Not to worry we thought, somewhere in Santiago will sell a map of the city. We were wrong. We got so lost in random streets that we couldn't even find a map. We got so desperate that we even turned on our internet on our phones to load Google maps (and yes we don't want to know how much it cost us). Long story short, we got lost driving around Santiago for 3 hours before we finally found the road out of town! We then had another hours drive to the town we picked and of course to just keep adding to the bad luck of that day we couldn't find a hotel. I also forgot to mention that it was 11 at night and pitch black…
The following two days were much nicer. We did find a ‘hotel’ eventually and spend the next two days exploring the surrounding areas. It's was beautiful with mountains everywhere, a running river down all the towns and volcano evacuation signs everywhere... The first day we spend exploring the area by car and taking photographs every two minutes (for me mostly of horses).
That night we found a much better hotel, which was more of an Eco-lodge. We opted to stay in the hostel part though (since it was cheaper) but it was the cutest little cottage! We could have been in the middle of the French or English countryside! We had dinner in the restaurant overlooking the river which felt like we were in a tree house and I became very good friends with the local cat!
The next day we went horse riding! I was so excited for this and especially excited because Papa was coming with me! I love going for horse rides in different countries because the view and terrain is always so different to Australia! And we were not disappointed! We went all the way up the mountain in traditional South American saddles overlooking cacti and the valley! It was beautiful! There were only two other people with us and three dogs running around following us the whole way for the two hours! It was all so different from the Atacama desert and I loved it!