Last weekend Fernando from from Mexico visited Liz and we thought it would be a great idea to go to Valparaíso Valle Paraíso. Which is a major city in Chile and literally means Paradise Valley. The city is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It seems such a cozy city and much of the charm comes from the colorful hill side houses. Of course we took a lot of pictures again which I have put together in a tabblo shown here (link)
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Liz and me spent a wonderful weekend in Cajón del Maipo. Liz was there a few weeks ago on a company trip as an incentive and liked it a lot so we decided to go there. We were heading straight towards Cascadas de las Animas. It is a beautiful place where you can do horse riding, rafting and there is also a pool. We asked if they had a Cabañas (a small bungalow) available for the night but unfortunately they did not. We decided to have lunch there. The place was really nice and lunch was ok. After lunch we spent some time near the river and then dicided to go search for some accomodation. This did not seem to be very easy as this Friday was a bank holiday weekend. After about 1 hour of Cabaña hunting we found a nice place half a mile north of San José de Maipo. The Cabaña was clean and looked newish. We had a small rest and went for dinner in San José de Maipo (a small village). The next day we wanted to go horse riding. We saw a place next to the road, told the man we would like to do some horse riding but we had only done it once before. He gave us two nice looking horses helped us up and said off you go ??? I was scared. I had little control over my horse and jumped off after about 5 minutes. We returned the horses and Liz told the man that it was not for us. We searched for another place and found a nice little farm. We asked if they do guided horse riding and the man was ever so friendly and agreed. 2 guides went with us on a 2 hour horse ride up the mountains. It was fabulous!!!
I want to publish the details of the place but at this precise moment cannot find the business card we were given * see below for the details of the farm / Guides from Caballo de Troja The 2 hour guided horse ride was CLP 40,000 for both me and Liz (50 EUROS) and was well worth the money spent. I really hope we will be able to find the business card since this place was amazing and the guides were so friendly. Cascadas de las Animas was more touristy and would have been more expensive for sure or we would have had to ride in a bigger group. Liz and myself will definately repeat the riding experience.
What is more to say than Life is good!
update: I found the details of the Farm and the Guides: Caballo de Troya Camino al volcan number 29479 San Alfonso Tel.: (0056) 28611915 and the cell phone is: (0056)995395495
Ask for Kiko who was our main Guide