The more time we spend in Chile, the more we want to make comparisons with California – it’s inevitable.
We drove south down ‘Ruta 5′ – seriously, even the highways are named the same – and hoped to camp on a beach in Zapallar. We heard it was nice and we even heard you could camp there.
When we pulled into the adjoining town of Papudo, we realized that there was no way the property values around here would allow for a camp site. We did find the beach in Zapallar and it was nice – the problem was that we weren’t sure we were allowed to enjoy it.
I will have to compare this area to Carmel, CA. Million-dollar homes dot the hills between the eucalyptus trees. Jagged rock formations separate the sandy white beaches. The cute streets have cute street signs.
But, trying to park at the beach sealed the deal. There were signs everywhere proclaiming all the things we could not do. This is just like California!