Chile: Border Crossing

Total Time: 38 days

Exchange Rate: 1 dollar=480 pesos but they pretend it’s 1:500

Cost of a Snack: 1 empanada for 500 pesos

Number of Cities Visited: 10

Number of Public Buses: 33

Number of Metro Rides: 15

Number of Taxis: 4

Favorite Place: Easter Island (offshore), Elqui Valley (mainland)

Least Favorite Place: Calama

Best Food: Chilean Cooking Class in Valparaiso

Worst Food: Fast food completo at the bus station with mayo, salsa, guac, and a cold hot dog

Number of Illnesses: 1 bruised ankle, 4 gnarly blisters, 2 colds, 1 TD, 1 altitude sickness, 1 chipped tooth

Places to Visit Next Time: Chiloe

Most Popular Song: Gustavo Lima “Balada

Drink WINE in Chile:

1. Falernia

2. Vina Errazuriz

3. Anakena

Best Pisco secret: Add chopped green chili peppers

Biggest let-down (for Joshua): Cafe con piernas (sexy coffee without the sexy)

Biggest surprise: Teens making-out and groping in public spaces, most notably the metro

Chile is by far the difficult border crossing thus far.  We did it three times.  Everything is inspected.  No meat, no dairy, no fruits or vegetables, no honey.  In fact, the border police used a dog to discover our salami, which we then raced to eat before they could take it away.

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