Caldera and Bahía Inglesa: “The Carribean of Chile”

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I spent three days and two nights in Caldera, Chile. My first night I spent in a decent hostel on the edge of town, and my second night I spent with a really great CouchSurfing host. What did I do during the days? Not a whole lot honestly, but that was okay with me! I spent the first day just walking around the small fishing town of Caldera, checking out the local handicrafts and watching the sea lions wrestle each other for a good spot in the sun.

Sea Lions, Caldera, Chile
Sea Lions by the dock in Caldera
Colorful fishing boats docked in Caldera, Chile
Colorful fishing boats docked in Caldera, Chile

My second two days I went to Bahía Inglesa, which I had been told is the most beautiful beach in Chile. I rented a bike and cruised around the area but spent most of the two days laying on the beach and  occasionally braving the frigid, crystal-clear waters. There are lots of little rock islands right off the coast that you can swim out to, and if you’re lucky enough to not understand Spanish, you’ll have no idea that the signs say not to dive off of the rocks. The water isn’t that deep and the rocks aren’t very tall, but nonetheless it’s fun and refreshing!

Some rocks for not jumping off the beach
Some rocks for not jumping off of. 
Bahía Inglesa, the Carribean of Chile
Bahía Inglesa from above. My first day was a bit cloudy, but lots of sun day two!

After my first night at the hostel, I got a message on CouchSurfing from a host accepting my request to stay the night at his apartment. When I opened the door, I found myself inside a café, a little confused. Gino, my host, took me through the café and into his apartment, the back half of the building. He showed me to my own room where I set my stuff down before getting the full tour. This place was very cool. Gino is not only a café owner, he is an interior designer, and his apartment was a clear example of his skill. The whole place had a very simple, laid-back design to it, perfect for a beach town. Best of all was that he let me use the whole café, which I took full advantage of. He even showed me how to make Colombian arepas, a gluten-free kind of biscuit made from corn-flour.

Gino's café, Mr. Jugo
Gino’s café, Mr. Jugo
My breakfast of coffee, juice and arepa sandwiches thanks to Ginos facilities!
My breakfast of coffee, juice and arepa sandwiches thanks to Ginos facilities!

Caldera and Bahía treated me very well, providing some well-deserved relaxation after camping and mountain biking in San Pedro de Atacama. Leaving was bittersweet because my next two destinations, and last two unless I can manage to squeeze in a day of climbing, were Valparaíso and Santiago, both big cities. I am not a huge fan of traveling in big cities. I much prefer nature and fresh air to architecture and smog. But I was also filled with excitement because I was only a week away from leaving for another great adventure, this time with my awesome girlfriend in Thailand! I still can’t believe it!

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2 responses to “Caldera and Bahía Inglesa: “The Carribean of Chile””

  1. Wes Adamson says:

    Wait a minute....where did going to Thailand become part of the South American tour...did they move the country to an island off Peru?...ha!
    The big question is it budgeted in the travel plans or I guess who cares as this trip now will be "the trip of a life time!" Or then maybe not either as knowing you, you have a few adventures in mind down the road...ok back to Bahía Inglesa. I love the way you always bring in the local aspect of people who live where you travel, makes your posts so much more interesting...

  2. JB Heisey says:

    Nate,

    I'm trying to get myself caught up on all your travels haha. Sounds absolutely amazing my man I'm gonna do something similar when I graduate but more of traveling to fish in areas all over.
    Some of these places you are visiting are world class fishing areas. Sounds to me like you need to find yourself a fishing pole!

    Have fun out there my man and be safe.

    JB

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