Back Down the Coast

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!

10 thoughts on “Back Down the Coast

  • December 6, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Wow, your right, just like Calif. No beathing, no farting, no eating, and really, no camping!!!! Have a nice day. That’s why I left Calif., so I could have a nice day. Beautiful though.

  • December 6, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    No schnauzers–that’s the worst.

  • December 6, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    At least you didn’t get caught taking pictures of the ocean, beach, and houses!!!

  • December 7, 2011 at 5:32 AM

    soon you’re gonna find an advise for “NOT BREATHE”

  • December 7, 2011 at 6:16 AM

    Man, that right looks amazing peeling down the beach in that third photo though. And that’s like California too. The home of right-breaking points.

    Despite the issues with parking and such, Chile looks absolutely amazing. Love the water color the arid landscape. Living vicariously through you guys, and get enough of your blog. Thanks for posting this through the years. Very stoked for you all.

  • December 7, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Ah California. 40 Million people show up to the party and then wonder why it’s crowded.

  • December 7, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Oh – you should come to Australia – to see signs regulating things you hadn’t even thought about…

  • December 8, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Wow – it really is beautiful…but no picnics??? I find it scary to contemplate what kind of a person put that one up…

  • December 10, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Sorry we missed seeing you guys in Valpo (we’re from SF, have been living in Chile and met Angela & Bode in San Pedro). After a year in Chile one thing I’ve learned is that they are big on rules, but very slack on enforcement. We’ve picnicked at Zapallar a handful of times with zero problema.

  • December 11, 2011 at 5:14 AM

    Hi Stefanie- I’m sorry we missed you, too. As you can see, we had a few car problems. Enjoy your last few weeks in Chile, and let us know if you return! Otherwise, let’s meet up in SF!

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