Puerto Varas marked the start of our exploration of the Patagonia region of Chile. We took the first flight out of Actama Desert to Santiago and another two hours in the air before landing Puerto Varas. We saw many volcanos while we were in the air and the landscape of southern Chile is beyond picture perfect.
Puerto Varas is part of the lake region and it's a very popular destination in the summer. There are various of outdoor adventures to fulfill your day. We were quite exhausted after our exploration in the Actama desert and decided to have a more chill time in Puerto Varas before heading to Torres Del Paine National Park.
Where we stayed
What to expect? Awesome host Javiera Covarrubias Reydet, who is passionated about what she is doing.
Bordemundo is tucked away from the crowds of downtown Puerto Varas yet close enough for you to get into all the attractions (10 minutes drive or bus ride). The property is a hidden paradise. Four rustic wood cabins located right by the private beach and it comes with a wonderful view of Lake Llanquihue, the volcanoes Osorno, Caulle Tronador and Calbuco. Meanwhile, you get to enjoy the the true country living! Making your own fire at night, watching the chicken and sheep in the garden!
If you are lucky enough to stay at Bordemundo, make sure to oder the tasty breakfast in the morning.
Javiera bakes her own bread, and all ingredients are organic.
Atacama desert is a magical place. To get to Atacama desert, we flew for about three hours from Santiago to Calama airport then drove one hour to the town of San Pedro Atacama. San Pedro Atacama is the base of our 3 days adventure in the desert.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
The geysers, Tatio,Valle de Marte, and Valle de la Luna
We started at 4:30 am to see the Geyser! Geyser is a few hours up at the geothermal field (4.300m). We explored the area on foot and watched the sunrise. The temperature was around 12'F by the sunrise and many brave people decided to soak in the hot springs. We took our time to enjoy the Andean flora, fauna and scenery on the way back. We even had a nice extra walk through the cactus within the canyon of Guatin. We got back to San Pedro around 1pm.
For Valle de la Luna, we left at 2:30pm. Our guide took us hiking in the Cordillera de la Sal. The area is surrounded with lots of colorful salt canyons. We had an epic run down the huge volcanic sand dunes which was the highlight of the trip. As the memorable closure, we watched the sunset high above the central crater of the actual Moon Valley. Our guided trip ended around 8pm.
Salar, Laguna Chaxa, and Lagunas
We had a full day activity around the Flamingos National Reserve. We visited the Salar de Atacama (Laguna Chaxa: bird, flamingo habitat), blue-turquoise lakes Miscanti and Miñiques (4.200m) and as an extra surprise, our tour guide took us to Piedras Rojas, the hidden wetlands high in the Andes that look like they were hand-painted.
Salar de Tara
We had a full day exploring one of the most amazing high plateau scenery areas. This involved a drive straight into the ancient volcanic Pacana caldera, which is near the border with Argentina and Bolivia, mostly off-road. We visited Los Monjes de la Pacana (4.400m) and spend most of our time at the Salar and Tara wetlands. The trip truly took our breath away!
Exploring the milky way on our own
WHERE WE STAYED
San Pedro De Atacama provides a spacious accommodation. The hotel sits in a quiet area of the town, a little tucked away from the main street. We enjoyed coming back to our base after our full day exploration in the desert.
Valparaiso is about 1.5 hours from Santiago. If the weather in Santiago reminded me of Los Angeles, then the weather in Valparaiso is so much like San Francisco, along with many houses on the hill side, windy but never gets too hot or too cold.
This is a neat town, especially for us who just visited modern and developed Santiago. Valparaiso is famous for its colorful houses on the hillside and graffiti arts over the streets. It's vibrant, lively and unique. You can get lost in this town pretty easily with all the hidden allies and stairs.
Where we stayed
Casa Galos Hotel & Lofts
We stayed total of three nights at Casa Galos Hotel & Lofts. It is located on the hill side of Valparaiso.
Casa Galos Hotel & Lofts is close to all the actions in town, boutique shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and tourist attractions.
The hotel has a very natural organic design. The finishes and decor are super tasteful. The room is spacious and is equipped with a kitchen, which is a huge plus. The staffs are super kind and friendly. They provided us with tips of what to see in the area and recommended different routs to tour the town. On our departure day, we had to catch an early morning flight in Santiago, the hotel staff was so thoughtful to bring us a prepared breakfast the night-before so we can heat it up in the morning.
My favorite place to be at Casa Galos is it's rooftop terrace. It provides a 360 degrees view of the town. Simply relax, with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine on had and watch the world go by.
WHAT I WORE
Jeans: Zara (see similar here)
Shirt: Anthropologie (see similarhere and here)
Shoes: Converse (see here)
Jacket: Mango (see here)
Crossbody bag: Will leather goods (here)