I have been in Antofagasta now for a few days, and while I spent the first few days in a hostel in the north end of town, it was just a temporary place. I am now in the place I wanted to be in, close to the city centre and walking to the pier. This hostel is pretty awesome – huge common room with a TV. They serve breakfast in the morning. And they clean your rooms on a daily basis!! Not a normal thing for hostels – so a nice pleasant surprise. Oh – and they have a laundry service here too (thank goodness – I desperately needed to wash my clothes!)
My initial opinion of Antofagasta was a wary one. I was quite far from the city centre at first, almost an hour’s walk away. It was a nice walk but to get there, look around, and then have to walk back (I could have figured out the bus I am sure but never bothered), it made for sore legs and long days. I am not one for being out at night alone in strange countries, so I made sure I was back in plenty of daylight. The new place is in a busy area and I don’t mind being out later than I normally would be (like 8pm haha).
loved this hat!!
part of a family park beside the ocean
I have chosen to stay for 10 days in Antofagasta – the longest time I’ll be in any city in South America. If I had known that I would have loved La Serena as much as I did, I would have stayed longer there. However, I can’t change it now. I like the vibe of Antofagasta, and I love being down by the pier. So much to see – the boats, sometimes you can see the head of a sea-lion playing in the ocean, the food stands, the families all going down there to buy fresh fish (but a reminder – they do not fish on Mondays so no fresh fish – don’t buy fish on Mondays!). It’s a lovely feel to this town and I really like it.
a rocky day at sea!
The street art and graffiti seen in South America is fascinating and Antofagasta is no different. They have paintings on the walls that are life-like. The graffiti is interesting. And I feel quite safe here, despite the reputation that some port towns here have.
life-like paintings (and real statues)
more life-like paintings
I am taking it easy this week, leisurely wandering around, and I will make it out to see the Portada (but must take a cab there, there is no bus and too far to walk!). There are restaurants I want to try. I am enjoying the relaxing week I have here. After this, my time will be shorter in each place I go – so I am taking advantage of the rest.