A Month in Chile | Laguna Torca

A Month in Chile | Laguna Torca

Traveling with a Baby and a 4 Year Old

Once again, we can't choose a favorite location, Hacienda Laguna Torca, was incredible.  We were all tired of being in the car (it was about a 9 hour day of driving including lunch) but we were singing number songs and spelling songs and Pops was writing in her journal and we were all giggling and making the best of it.  It was a long and bumpy ride to arrive but we were well rewarded as soon as we pulled into the driveway which was unmarked.  All we saw to know it was where we were going was a sign for award winning olive oils which are made right there on the property.  When we pulled in, we immediately saw Charles, the owner feeding his llamas pears from his trees.  Pops hopped out of the car and followed suit.  She fed the llamas, the horse, "Violetta" and started picking tons and tons of flowers to make her "witches brew."

Once we saw the house we were in love! There was a waterfall and a river running underneath it with a pool out back all which were dry because it was their summer season but it was incredible none the less!

This location was easy, safe, and so much fun for Poppy.  She enjoyed picking flowers, hanging them in the trellis and pretending there were candles in them, making long fishing lines to go in the river from plants stems.

They had bee hives and we got to have the honey which was so delicious and sample their home made olive oil which won first place in all of Chile.

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Pops went horse back riding which made it one of her favorite spots! Charles showed us the old riding gear, including the stirrup that Chilean cowboys used to wear but which don't work anymore because the shoes are too long and pointed.

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She rode in the field and found the llamas which were very friendly.

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They enjoyed sniffing each other in the olive trees.

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We visited the little seaside town of Llico, and were not disappointed.  Just a few miles from the hacienda, Llico overlooked the ocean and had a strand of small houses built along an estuary leading out to a rocky outcrop dotted with a couple small restaurants and seafood markets.  We settled in at the Miramar restaurant (per Charles' recommendation) and had a great lunch of pan seared corvina and fried reineta with an avocado salad. We walked the shoreline and saw some locals pull in their own nets from the rocks.  It was neat to see where the fish we ate was coming from and how they were catching some of it, such an appreciation of the meat we were eating!

On the day we were there in 2010 there had been a devastating tsunami that hit the town.

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We stopped at a small mercado leaving town and bought ice cream for the three of us.  Poppy and John had Danky con almendras (almonds) and I had Danky 21 (which had rum soaked raisins). My ice cream bar was funny, the label said "Not for sale to minors".