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Published: December 22nd 2008
Talca and the Maule Valley
So onwards south we arrived at the Maule Valley which is yet another famous wine growing area. Much drier so a different wine from the Cologhua valley we had been in.
The roads in Chile are mainly very good. AS it is a long thin country the main route is Ruta 5 which runs down the spine of the country with roads off on one side to the coast and on the other to the high Andes. This is a great roadm fast and relatively free of traffic. It is a toll road and everytime you get off it you pay as well as at places along the route. So make sure you have lots of spare change. Chile's currency is one of those with lots of zero's so when you get to a toll and have to pay $1800 it seems pretty high until you do the maths are realise it is only $3.60 or there abouts. This tales a lot of coins as these are in $100, 50 and $500. Most exit tolls are $400 or .80 cents so it is not too bad. As long as you have the change as
A rather large bottle of wine
you can only pay by cash.
We took a long detour down gravel and dirt road to visit the Reserve Nacional Radal Siete Tazas, or seven wateralls. It was beautiful, peaceful as long as you dodged the pigs, chickens, goats, horses and dogs wandering or sleeping in the middle of the road.
We stayed at a guesthouse that we stayed in 2 years ago run by Andreas and his wife Danielle. It was very good as always and has a pool and hot tub in a steam heated wine barrel. No internet here so I will post this when I can.
Today we drove off to explore some more areas in the Andes fooyhills and found the usual old time quaint Chile that we love. Off the main areas Chile is an old fashioned traditional country with strong rural roots and based on small holdings supporting extended families. Not poor , like Peru and Bolivia are but basic, small houses, surrounded by plots of land with a few chickens and gardens full of growing things to eat. Chile is horse powered and everywhere are horse carts as well as gaucho riders in the typical wide brimmed hats
and colourful poncho's Very beautiful.
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