Dakar Day 9: Copiapo Rest Day

Jan 11, 2011 by     No Comments    Posted under: Activities, Motorcycle adventures

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Ahhhh, the rest days.  We have been punishing our bodies, and a rest day is much needed again, especially given the marathon we have tomorrow.  And quite a day of relaxation it turned out to be, thanks to the advice of a Korean barista at the surprisingly good cafe in the mall off the dog-mob run town square.  To our surprise, and somewhat consternation given the level of our accommodation provided, there is a beautiful (and empty) Antay Hotel and Casino in Copiapo.  It was like riding out of the desert and into an oasis, as we parked our bikes in the cool underground carpark, and headed straight to the spa.

For the rest of the day we luxuriated in our own private facility.  A massage that would rival any therapeutic facility in the world was followed by pool frolicking, our view on all sides the tan desert mountain.  A light breeze washed over our shaded area.  Sitting in comfortable wicker chairs, in robe and slippers, with fine food and coffee delivered by smiling Chilean girls, happy to have guests.  Over the next 6 hours we barely moved, except to reach for an edible item, or jump in the pool.  Far more enjoyable than the heat and musk of the Duna 1 star.

Finally we had to force ourselves to leave our oasis, and Will, Q and I decided it was time again to experience some local culture.  We were recommended the Legado restaurant, and it proved to be our best meal of the trip.  The owner of Legado, Luis Montenegro C., is clearly a celebrated chef.  His restaurant at 12 O’Higgins St is not in an obvious area, mechanical repair shop across the road and graffiti around the corner.  It was just what we were after.  We were greeted by Luis himself, and an amazing bottle of Malbec brought by a knowledgable somnelier.  The food was superb.

Tomorrow is a big day, with an early start.  We go to bed happy.

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