We entered Chile in Arica at the beginning of a long trip through the Atacama Desert. There were hardly any plants or any other form of life for that matter except along the coast and some river valleys. The days of driving were long and spectacularly filled with the many different wind/wether worn topography. We stayed close to the coast and didn't get a chance to detour to the high Andes. We camped in some dry country and along the coast at times. Sand was every where.
We finally got to Santiago after about 5 days of straight desert/dry driving. Just south of Santiago we found a nice place for a fine Chilean lunch and enjoyed the meat and wine, in an area that reminded us of the Central valley of California. The next week we traveled to Santa Cruz area of Chile. This is the Wine country. Boy was it fun to be wined and dined. The wineries here are huge and the tasting is like you would never believe. Personal, private and educational. We celebrated our 63rd birthdays at a wonderful five course dinner at a beautiful Winery. We had 5 different kinds of wine for each course. Whew this is something that we had never done before what a memory to behold forever.
We did take an overnight trip to a bird sanctuary that was featured with Black Necked Swans. Even Karla got excited about these beautiful birds.
Enjoy the photos of the desert of the atacama and some of the Wine country.
In Santa Cruz, Paco got an oil change and we found out that three of the four CV joint boots were damaged and needed to be replaced. No boots to be found in Santa Cruz so had to go to the next town to find them.