After the beginning stretch of beautiful mountains surrounded in fjords and rivers on the Carretera Austral, we were excited to share the beauty with Matt’s parents for their 4th visit on our journey (incredible!). They were becoming experts at Latin American travel, and we couldn’t be happier to share time with them again, this time in Coyhaique, Chile.
After fun climbing with our friends in the deserts of Argentina, we pointed Koru back west, excited for what lay ahead. The famous Carretera Austral was coming next to take us into some of the most remote parts of Patagonian Chile. With another visit from Matt’s parents to look forward to and famous world class hiking and fishing in front of us, our eyes were glued to the windshield approaching the border as we were greeted by the beautiful mountainous…
Leaving fun memories in the lakes region of Chile, the time had come for us to venture up and over the Andean border between Chile and Argentina to see what was in store on the other side.
Excited for our first “live-in” visitor, we headed to Santiago to pick up Shawn, a long time friend of Sarah’s. From the Santiago airport, we immediately started to discuss plans to hike, climb and surf. After a long day of travel, we posted up in a peaceful, guarded city park to spend the night and all slept really well in a surprisingly quiet part of the bustling city.After a day in the city we pointed our nose towards the calm…
After our brief moment in Northern Argentina, we aimed to cross into northern Chile via Paso de Jama. Arriving at the border we couldn’t believe we were adding to the list our 16th country to be visited on this trip.
The nose of Koru kept us pointing south as he was ready to sniff out some more great things Bolivia had to offer. Finding peace in the open roads of the Altiplano with minimal traffic and new smooth pavement, we took a deep breath of the air at 13,000ft and kruised along.
From desolate and trashed desert wastelands to unbelievable and mysterious heights with endless coast throughout, Peru left us full of shockingly vivid memories. Traversing south and east out of Cusco, we were high in elevation and ready to experience a new country, Bolivia.
After exploring northern Peru’s mountains and coast, we were ready to head inland towards the famous Sacred Valley. The journey began with more dry and sandy desert that has now become commonplace for anyone exploring and driving through Peru.
After driving along the coast for so long and our fun family time in Lima, we were yearning for some good quality mountain time. The Cordillera Blanca is one of the most famous mountain ranges in the Andes and boasts some of the most beautiful snow-capped peaks in the world.
After some wonderful times along the coast exploring the surf and cultural ruins, we aimed for the capital of Lima with plans to pick up Sarah’s father Bob and step-mother Andrea who planned for a visit to sample Lima’s famous food and culture. We were very excited to see them and spend some time out of the van while learning even more about the fascinating history of Peru.