Karen Hechinger

Joined July 2019
  • Day103

    89. Chile - Santiago & Vina del Mar

    December 3, 2019 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    My last stop in South America before I head home!

    Because of more political unrest and protestor demonstrations, Santiago was a bit of a bust for us. At the suggestion of the concierge, Craig and I set off on a day trip to Vina del Mar and the coast. It was a casual day of people watching at the beach and on the peatones, along with lunch overlooking the water. Truthfully I think both of us had our minds on the changes that would occur Thursday, with me travelling back to the States and Craig continuing south on his own.Read more

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  • Day101

    88. Mendoza Argentina to Santiago Chile

    December 1, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    The sights on the drive from Mendoza across the border back to Chile included the mighty Aconcagua, the highest peak in North/South America, as well as several ski resorts. Portillo Resort is famous for Inca Lake that waits to punish any out of control skiers with an icy bath. Lends a new sense of urgency to the phrase "ski in control"!Read more

  • Day99

    86. Argentina - Mendoza

    November 29, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Love Mendoza! Greater Mendoza is a city of almost 2 million people. Strolling through the streets, I feel like I'm in a mini version of NYC (without the skyline). The city of 21 sq miles is lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and plenty of accommodation options. There's no shortage of plazas and small parks as well.

    The main industries here are olive oil and wine production, with a focus on Malbecs. We took a wine tour at 2 wineries, including Domiciano Winery, with a mostly Spanish speaking group. I connected with an old friendly woman who walked with a cane. I think she got hammered pretty fast. I didn't understand a word she said, but she made a joke and laughed, and I laughed too. (Maybe I was a little hammered as well?)
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  • Day94

    85. Argentina - Salta to Cafayate

    November 24, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today's travels took us from Salta City to the wine region of Cafayate. If you're tired of the mountain pix, just skip this step. For some reason, when we're driving through them, my camera finger gets trigger happy!

    Tomorrow - wine tasting.

  • Day90

    84. Change of Plans - off to Argentina

    November 20, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Due to all of the demonstrations and roadblocks in Bolivia, we were forced to cut out many of the Bolivian cities from our itinerary, and ended up in Chile about 10 days ahead of schedule.

    Chile is plagued with political unrest as well, so rather than fight it by heading down the Chilean coast, we scooted over to Argentina. I do have a flight home from the Chilean capital of Santiago on Dec 4, where the political demonstrations are focused, but we're hoping tensions subside before then, so I can get to the airport. If we can't drive through Chile safely, I may have to grab a flight from Argentina to Chile, just to get access to the Santiago airport. Geez. (Btw - when I mention this to my youngest sister, she just says "Well, that's what you signed up for, right?". And yup, she's right)

    In the meantime, we went north in Argentina to a town called Humahuaca, which is described as "a painter's palette of color on barren hillsides". Enjoy the astounding colors of the mountains in these pix - they are not touched up.
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  • Day87

    81. Bolivia-LR-Sol de Manana Springs

    November 17, 2019 in Bolivia ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Continuing on the next morning, we stopped to check out a goethermal area called Sol de Manana (morning sun) Springs. It extends over 10 sq. km and is filled with mud lakes and steam pools.

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    80. Bolivia - Laguna Route - Hostel

    November 16, 2019 in Bolivia ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Craig and I had originally expected we may be camping out at night on the Laguna Trail. We were delighted to learn that there were some simple accomodations in the area.

    We located a set of very basic hostels about 5 miles from Laguna Colorado. No town, just these crumbling brick buildings, specifically for Laguna Colorado visitors. But, there were dormitory rooms with 4 walls, 2 beds & a shared bathroom, and that sure beats dropping a sleeping bag on the floor of a tent, so we were grateful.

    $9 for the room, $3 each for dinner (first time I ever tasted llama), and $1.50 for breakfast.
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