We made it to Los Vilos and stopped at Hostel Conquistador. It was pricey, but we had the place to ourselves and great parking. Joaquin, the owner, was so hospitable. He brought us wine, cheese and crackers right away and joined us for a chat. He was so friendly and helpful, he felt like family. We decided to go out for a quick bite along the sea front and had our first pisco sour.
In the morning there was sea mist in the air. We had a wonderful breakfast provided by Joaquin and then it was time to go. Joaquin recommended we take the scenic route inland instead of the toll road straight north.
Condors were sitting on fence posts waiting for thermals. They are such big birds!! After half an hour, the land was starting to heat up and the condors were in full flight, flying right above our heads! There were many hills, passes and curves which made for good riding. The land is quite dry, with lots of cacti. We saw cacti lined fences!
|Cactus fence and unused railroad|
|Vineyards along the road enroute to Ovalle|