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Leah at Airtreks
Hacienda Laguna Torca – off the beaten path and well worth the effort. Charles and Soledad have created a little piece of heaven 5 hours south of Santiago. With llamas and horses, as well as an expanding olive grove and beautiful walking trails, we found it hard to pull ourselves away. There is a small town and beach just a few minutes away, and access to the Chilean wine country for day trips. The best part, however, was the wonderful hosts. We felt incredibly well cared for, and hope to come back!
Aldea Nevada Cabanas in Ushuaia - we felt like we were living in a fairytale village of little wooden cabins. The setting (just below the Martial Glacier) is gorgeous, and the people who run the village are incredibly kind and helpful. We stayed in one of the smallest cabins, and would consider upgrading to a larger one next time (hopefully there will be a next time!) because they looked so beautiful. It is located up a substantial hill, and having a car was essential (though the taxis were zooming around everywhere, so there is always that option).
We got our reservations through: www.interhabit.com
Leopardstone Hill Country Cottages – south of Cape Town, set on the hillside above Noordhoek, Alison and Richard have created a lovely little hideaway they are kind enough to share with visitors. We stayed in Pebble Cottage, which was beautifully appointed with a view that couldn’t be beat. The girls even had their own little garden courtyard outside their room. With lovely gardens (including a veggie garden – Alison shared some of the tomatoes and they were amazing), a rock plunge pool, and kind hosts, it was hard to pull ourselves away.
The Shakk – also in Noordhoek, we had a wonderful stay at the Shakk hosted by Nik and Tahren. Close to the beach, and super comfortable, we felt like we were staying with old friends. Such a lovely family, and a great location.
Rotisserie 360: 160 Bree Street in Capetown. Awesome chicken sandwiches and plates. It is literally a hole in the wall (you order through a window on the sidewalk), with a fresh, delicious menu. The only problem? Choosing which fabulous item to eat. Tables are set up on the sidewalk. We liked it so much, we went twice!
Wilderness Motorhomes is the most awesome camper van rental company ever! They are efficient, fun, organized, fun, and the van we rented was fantastic. When we plan our next trip to New Zealand (and we will!), the first people we’ll call are the folks at Wilderness Motorhomes (and did we mention that they are fun?).
Burger Fuel: Best. Burgers. Ever.