So, first I must admit that we are a bit behind on our blog since our friends and family actually visited in the month of March. I will try to crank a few more blog posts out as fast as I can so we can catch up.

After our amazing adventure to the end of the world and back, we were really looking forward to our visiting family who was set to arrive in Santiago. My father, brother, and sister-in-law made the long flight to visit us for about a week and a half and we wanted to make the most of their time here so we packed in a lot.

Breaking for pisco sours during our tour around Santiago

Group shot after some amazing Argentine beef at Don Mario’s in Mendoza

After visiting Cerro San Cristobal, Santia Lucia Hill, Plaza de Armas, and many other sights around Santiago, we headed to Valparaiso to see the colorful architecture perched on steep hills and connected by a maze of winding streets. We then headed over the Andes to Mendoza where we sampled wine, watched some tango, and admired the beautiful Andes.

Top of Cerro San Cristobal

Beautiful Valparaiso

The most amazing steak I’ve ever had was in Argentina. Look at those babies. PS – Konrad, are you taking photos during the prayer? tisk tisk

Our awesome friends, Chris and Sara

After a wonderful visit with our family, we were graced with even more visitors. As soon as we saw our family off to the Mendoza Airport, we rushed back to Santiago to pick up some of our best firends, Chris and Sara who came to visit for 2 weeks!

We had a little more time with them, so in addition to showing them around Santiago, Valpo/Vina, and Mendoza, we were also able to include several days of surfing in Pichilemu as well as spend some more quality time in the Andes mountains.

Chris and Sara ready to hit the surf

James and Chris’s view of the clouds on their early morning start hiking in the Andes as they try to see how high they can climb

Checking out some Mendoza Malbecs in Valle de Uco

We were so so so happy and grateful to have friends and family come visit us so far away. However, after they left I felt a bit more homesick than usual. It made me want to be back in the states just for a few weeks to hug my mom, see our other friends and family, eat our favorite foods, and just be in a place that feels easier to navigate.

Nice shot, Chris

After the whirlwind of family and friends for nearly a month, we headed back east across the continent to the city that we first arrived in, Buenos Aires, where we relaxed for a week before making our plans to see Uruguay.