Playa Totoralillo is a gem of a beach located several kilometers south of La Serena. Set below rolling hills covered with cactus and other desert plants, Totoralillo’s two horseshoe-shaped, white sand beaches stretch out before clear, turquoise waters.
When my friend Andrea and I visited Play Totoralillo, there were smattering of Chileans were on the beach, tanning, swimming, drinking beer, playing guitars, eating empanadas, and catching crabs.
Andrea and I walked down the larger of the two beaches and found a nice spot to set down a towel. The waters off the coast of Chile may look like the Caribbean, but don’t kid yourself — The water is cold! I mean turn your lips blue, teeth chattering cold. But on a warm day, it’s a refreshing plunge. Andrea and I swam for a bit while trying to avoid being nipped by the numerous, large crabs which lurked in the sand. Dodging the crustaceans became a comical game and helped us deal with the chilly water.
After a swim and some sun worship, we started walking back up to the highway to catch a bus. Along the way we came across a tarantula. It was the first tarantula I’d seen in the wild. I was surprised at how frantically the spider tried to avoid us. I figured such a big spider would be less wary.