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Aug 9, 2005 - Santiago de Chile

I always thought that Sunday is supposed to be a good day for travelling, but somehow I was wrong. After a quick breakfast and a super quick taxi ride through the city, we could take our seats in the Andesmar bus #23. Just 40 km behind Mendoza the bus broke down ans it took about 2,5 hours until the company managed to send a "new" one. Bus #25 didn't look much better, but he was able to climb up the steep road to the border of Chile. Crossing into Chile is always great fun. I'v done it a few years ago and this time it was the same. The...

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South America 2005

Aug 5, 2005 - Santiago - the big smoke

Santiago - the biggest city in Chile with 5 million people living in an earthquake zone surrounded by the Andes. Apparently there are supposed to be 10-15 tremors a day in Santiago, although most are not felt. As a result of the earthquakes few of the buildings exceed 10 storeys. The pollution in Santiago is astounding - the noise and smog make it difficult to see the picturesque views of the mountains and produces a fairly unattractive sprawling city. We had a good 3 days in Santiago and felt that we had covered most of what the place had...

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Aug 2, 2005 - Santiago - in transit

02.08 (DM) As expected the sleep last night was terrible. The noise this morning started very early with the peck at 5am as the droves of miners headed to work. We climbed out of bed at 7am and prepared the bags for the flight to the US. Our faith in the people of Chile was saved this morning as Kim and I searched for a place to have breakfast that accepted credit card. We looked around without success as most of the shops and cafes were closed. We decided to try an expensive hotel to get some directions to a suitable restaurant. The...

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Jul 25, 2005 - Santiago, Chile

I've finally made it to South America. I stepped out of the airport to be hit smack bang in the face by the snow topped Andes - which is pretty incredible. I'm suffering pretty badly from jet lag so am going to head back to the residenciales where I am staying with a young family and head to bed by about 6! Will update when I've got some decent photos

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Becky's trip...

Jul 23, 2005 - Trip to Mendoza via Santiago

It was a long day travelling!!! We left Ouro PrĂȘto on Friday night and took a night bus to Sao Paulo - always a joy sleeping on a night bus..... We arrived early the next morning and headed straight to the airport, and our luck was beginning to change: not only did we managed to get on the next available flight to Santiago (our reservation was for the following day), but we also got a free upgrade to Business Class - joy!! The flight was spectacular as we passed right over the Andes on a clear and sunny day. Comments about rugby teams from...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

Jul 23, 2005 - Santiago

Took a 35 hour bus ride to santiago over the past 2 days. The bus broke down outside of Arica and we had to switch from our comfortable lazyboy chairs to a crowded cramped bus for a 3 hour ride to Iquique. Iquique is a pretty little surf town on the coast at the edge of the Atacama desert. After a 2 hour wait our original bus showed up and we were off. Slept through the night and arrived in Santiago today at 3pm local time. Found a great old mansion in the center of the city that has been converted to a hostal. -iNCAMAN the seats on the...

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Jul 23, 2005 - Santiago - Chile

The flight to South America marked the beginning of the end for us. The last continent, moving into the last month of the holiday. Surely it will never end... It was a very long flight to Santiago on Lan Chile Airlines. We even crossed the International Date Line! Which means we left Auckland at 5:50pm on July 23 and we arrived in Santiago at 12:30pm on July 23! Very strange. In fact we didn?t take that into account when making hotel reservations months ago. We arrived a day early. Oops!!!! But also good because technically, we gained a...

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Jul 8, 2005 - Santiago de Chile

hallo alle zusammen! jetzt meld ich mich also aus santiago, und mir gehts super. Viel kann ich euch ja eigntlich noch nicht erzaehlen, weil ich bin gestern hier um 2h nachts, dh ja eigentlich heute um 2h frueh hier angekommen und obwohl ich ja schon an null schlaf gewohnt bin, hab ich mich heut mal ein bisserl mehr ausgeschlafen. Und naja wenn man bis 12h mittag pennt und es jetzt 19h is gibts noch nicht so viel. Werd euch nur kurz ueber meine gastfamilie erzahlen: Also ich wohn bei Irma und Hector und ihren beiden Toechtern Paula und Rocio...

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South America 2005

Jul 6, 2005 - Santiago

After an 11 hour flight we arrive in Santiago at approximately 12:30pm on 6th July, before we have even left Auckland due to crossing the international date line. How exciting - an extra day! What would Einstein have made of it? Arriving in Santiago, we check out hotels only to gatecrash another couple's taxi as we are all going to the same place. Our hotel is very strange but we guess we are going to have to get used to these standards all over again. The showers in the hotel are few and far between. None of the toilets that we have...

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Jul 6, 2005 - Chile and Bolivia

As we settled in to our seats on the 747 from New Zealand to Chile, we reflected on how travel savvy we had become patting each other on the back, whilst looking forward confidently to South America. Funny how just when you start to get cocky life has a habit of testing you! Soon after leaving the airport in Santiago and beginning our hunt for a room we found that even pigeon Spanish, combined with several months worth of well rehearsed mimes or impressions, would not help us to communicate effectively in South America. We were going to...

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Jul 3, 2005 - Santiago - a super quick visit to Chile

While hanging out in the Lima airport, Gregg did some reading up on Chile in our guidebook. Fortunately, he caught the little blurb which indicated that Americans visiting the country have to pay a $100 exit fee to get out of the country! This fact led us to reconsider our 24-hour stay in Santiago. When we got off the plane, we immediately went to the LAN counter to rebook on an earlier flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires. While we really did want to see Santiago, we certainly didn't think it was worth it for a one-day stay that would cost...

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Jun 22, 2005 - Santiago, Chile

I arrived in Santiago yesterday (21/06) and stayed in the YHA Hostel last night. I fly out to Auckland this evening. Yesterday was very wet but today is bright and sunny so you can see the snow on the Andes. Nice. Well, I guess that this is pretty much it for South America. I have been to a lot of places and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of travelling in this continent. My favourite bits of South America? It's hard to say because there have been so many great moments. The Bolivian Salt Flats certainly stand out as an amazing...

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