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Feb 22, 2013 - Tirua and the Chilean Bus System

Our original plan for Chile was to spent a few days in Santiago and surrounding area like Valparaiso and then head South. Since we like to try out the unconventional, we decided to take a trip along the coast. Our original destination was Isla Mocha, which was supposedly historically inhabited by the Mapuche peoples. The Mapuche believed that this island was the destination of the almas (souls) of the dead. It was frequented by pirates in the 18th and 19th centuries and it is believed that a sperm whale living near the island was the...

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Andie Mini Trip 2012

Nov 19, 2012 - To Los Angeles via a Vineyard

It was misty when we left but it cleared to give sunshine again. More motorway but it led to a vineyard where we were able to stop for a tasting. I was EXTREMELY generous and offered to drive this afternoon so I sipped and Robin tasted. The Pinot Noir was voted the best of the three tastings. We learnt about how parts of the vineyard were organic including pest control by geese! It was all very beautiful and we had the best lunch for days. It looked very prosperous. No opportunity to buy. More motorway with a stop to see some waterfalls,...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Jan 29, 2011 - Terremoto

On February 27, 2010, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded (8.8) hit Concepcion, the city where Danielle and her family live. 550 people were killed between the earthquake and the resulting tsunami which devastated numeous towns north of Concepcion. Danielle and Omar were vacationing in Argentina at the time, and Marley (19 yrs) was home alone, but that's a whole other story... A year later, I've been curious to see the damage and feel my first aftershocks. The latter hasn't happened yet, but I did get a tour of some buildings...

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Jan 27, 2011 - Packing List for a Month in Chile

For last year's Venezuela trip, I posted our packing list because I thought it might be interesting for other travelers to review. I don't know if it's been helpful to other travelers or not, but if the number of comments is any reflection, it was the most popular post amongst my friends and family. Not sure what that says about my writing, but what the heck; I'll post another version here! I packed a little differently for this trip because although it is summer in South America, I'm not going to an equatorial region. Also, this trip won't...

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Mar 11, 2009 - Concepcion, Chile with the Alamos

Beautiful beach about 20 minutes from the Alamos home- see pictures. Temp has been a perfect 75F all week so far, a nice change from the Highlands in Peru with rain and cooler temps. It has been a great break from the regular bus rides and constant location changes, to spend time with great friends- talking, eating and drinking. Margaritas are not popular in Chile or South America, so spent several hours driving around to get Tequila, lime and Triple Sec. No premix available so made the margaritas from scratch- turned out great. We also...

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Jan 29, 2009 - Saltos del Laja

Notre route se poursuit vers le nord. Nous sommes un peu perdus car maintenant nous ne savons plus ou aller. Il y a certes la capitale Santiago, mais nous aimerons faire encore au moins une étape avant d'y arriver. Les gens ici e savent pas trop quoi conceiller entre Villarrica et Santiago, donc nous allons un peu au pif. Le camioneur qui nous emmene nous énerve un peu.C'est pas qu'il soit méchant mais il nous met un peu mal a l'aise. C'est comme ça que nous decendons de son camion à un endroit que nous avons choisi au hazard sur notre...

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Nov 28, 2008 - Buchupureo

ein malerisches fischerdorf mit frischen krabben und sternenhimmel. wohnen in einem sehr netten strandbungalow mit sehr schoenen garten. wir leben sehr gesund, denn der naechste super markt ist 4km fussmarsch entfernt... warten gerade, dass in der stadt der bankomat aufgefuellt wird...5 stunden und maschieren dann 13km zurueck in unser dorf...spannend...ursuperlaiwandspannend :) der bankomat hat dann aber gar kein geld ausgespuckt DIE SAU. also fahren wir weiter nach santa cruz da unsere bargeldreserven aufgebraucht sind....

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südamerika

Jan 1, 2007 - chillan

Chillan,Bio-Bio....first day on the road....Santiago was hot & humid..we eventually learned to get around after having to circle several blocks to find places.. ate at some great restaurants...primarily fish dishes..waiting for Argentinia to have one of their famous steaks...we had to do a lot of stuffing to get our stuff in our alloted bins..but made it.. we (left >Santiago) on Saturday)..rode about 4 hours to a wine tour..had some samples and bought a bottle for new years....we thjen went another 3 hrs and set up camp in a cow...

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ANNE & MIKES TRIP

Dec 20, 2006 - Concepción

Estoy en Concepción! It was a little hard to get here, but I think it was very much of a test of being solo and having to get what I need when it is not easy. I got a bus in Pichi to San Fernando because that is on the main road system to find out that there were not buses that went to Concepción from that terminal. I didn't really understand what they were trying to tell me, they were not very patient with me, talked really fast. I think that when I start speaking in Spanish most people just assume that I speak better then I really do and...

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Aug 1, 2006 - Skiing in Termas de Chillan

Chris has been counting down the sleeps and the day finally arrived that we left the relentless rain of Chillan for Valle de Trancas and the ski resort! The chalet we stayed at was in a small complex in the valley, about 20 minutes drive from the slopes at Termas de Chillan. The peaceful snowy setting was beautiful and our wooden chalet was fantastic with log fire and our own kitchen and sitting area (a rare treat when backpacking). Every morning the ladies at the chalet would quietly sneak in like elves while we slept, to light the fire...

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Chris and Kim's Trip

Feb 14, 2006 - On to Chillan

The next leg of our journey took us from Pucon west to the Pan-American Highway, then north to the market town of Chillan. The ride was relaxing with plenty of scenery and no problems at all. This portion of Pan-American highway is as modern as any freeway in North America. Quite a contrast to the road we took into Pucon. Chillan itself is an old town originally founded in 1565 and moved to its present site in 1835. It is touted as having the finest market in Chile and I would not dispute it. We arrived in the early afternoon and it looked...

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Dec 22, 2005 - In drei Tagen um den Vulkan Antuco

Nach einem zweitägigen Aufenthalt in Santiago (u.a. kauf einer neuen Therm-a-rest Matte und abholen eines Paketes mit der neuen Filterkartusche für den Katadynfilter) fuhr ich wieder Richtung nach Süden, sprich nach Los Angeles. Ich hatte die Hoffnung eigentlich schon verloren es bis zum Ausgangspunkt des 3-tägigen Hike um den Vulkan Antuco zu schaffen, aber irgendwie klappte es. Der letzte Bus fuhr auch erst um viertel vor Acht Uhr und ich war bereits um sieben Uhr in Los Angeles angekommen und hatte auch genügend Zeit um mit einem Taxi...

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