We weren’t sure how to tackle the rest of Chile after San Pedro, so when Andrew stumbled upon a Wicked Campers office and suggested a road trip it was both exciting and a relief. We finally had a (vague) plan!
We picked up our Pulp Fiction themed van (I would have outright refused to travel in one covered in sexist slogans, like the ones you see in Australia) and spent our first afternoon driving to a lagoon nearby. About an hour later we’d blown a tyre and the metal caging under the van holding the spare had broken through no fault of ours. So we changed the tyre but couldn’t do anything about the metal that would drag behind after us. Not ideal! We originally used one of my scarves to tie the metal to the van but then we were rescued by a park ranger who gave us some wire.
Luckily the lagoon was well worth it.
We drove back to San Pedro and the van was fixed in about 5 minutes. That night we camped nearby in the desert, getting to know the van (whom we called Vinnie) and how it worked.
From then on it was a pretty straightforward drive through the Atacama desert to the coast, then south to Santiago, occasionally dipping inland through some valleys.
All of this is documented in the video I made above and here are some more pics I snapped along the way.
There were some downsides to living out of a van for two weeks; no showers or toilets! But it was so much fun and I loved being outside so much. When we eventually made it to Santiago I certainly missed the freedom and fresh air that came with van life.