Santiago & Valparaíso, Chile

Presidential Palace in Santiago, Chile.

The bus ride into Chile was slow and long.  It was supposed to take seven hours, but wound up taking nine and a half.  Trucks that had been waiting several days for the inclement weather to pass and the customs to open were backed up for miles approaching the Chilean border. … Read more

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

My shuttle van sped downhill from the Andean highlands of Bolivia into the Atacama Desert of northern Chile.

Once it reached San Pedro de Atacama, we had to go through Chilean customs.  Chile has a strict policy about bringing plants into the country, and I had a bag full of fruits and vegetables I was hoping to get through. … Read more