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Dec 14, 2013 - Easter Island or Rapa Nui

Easter Island, Chile: Around and About ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 11-14 December 2013 Easter Island or Rapa Nui A hugely interesting four days on this remote 117km sq speck of land in the Pacific a five hour flight from Santiago, in the capable hands of mein host and guide Paul Pownall. Paul first visited the island in 1968 to assist with restoration work and has been running Tekarera Inn and taking guided tours since 2004. Some...

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Dec 14, 2013 - Valpo y Viña

Torsdag og fredag havde Vitalicia taget fri fra arbejde, oprindelig så vi kunne tage på stranden, men det blev ikke til noget. Så hun ville gerne tage mig med til Pablo Nerudas hus og Valparaíso. Jeg var godt nok lidt nervøs for det, for hun er lidt en gammel dame der lider af hukommelsestab og aldrig rejser væk fra sit hus. Men jeg tog med. Til frokost spiste jeg en fiskesuppe som gjorde mig helt utroligt syg, så jeg havde kvalme under hele vores besøg i Pablo Nerudas hus. Det var temmelig koldt de to dage, måske fordi vi var ved kysten....

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Dec 12, 2013 - Valparaiso

The transfer from Santiago airport to Valparaiso was about an hour and a half through some of the wine valleys - from time to time you could see the purple of Jacaranda trees scattered around the buildings. As you descend into Valparaiso, you get a real feel of how the city is built - a smallish flat part next to the port, which is essentially the business district and then from there the residential portion is built up on 42 different hills (not sure it is that easy to distinguish all 42), some of the houses look very precarious!! We were...

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Dec 8, 2013 - The traveling woes....delayed flights....back in Chitown!

Sunday, December 8th We landed two hours late and I had one hour until the flight landed, but I had hope and tried my hardest to get in that flight. I asked to go ahead people in the immigration line to make my connection and it went smoothly, until I had to get my bag. It took forever to get my bag. When I spotted my bag, I literally ran thru customs and to the transit bag re-check. I must have looked like a sight to see as I had my heavy purse, my back pack, my extra heavy bag and my suitcase flying past everyone. The transit area denied...

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Dec 8, 2013 - The Streets of Valparaiso

The girls wanted to check out the beachside town of Vina del Mar. I skipped that because well, we have plenty of beaches back home and they rarely differ that much from all the ones I've been to around the world. Maybe a different language but still essentially the same kind of places and people go there. Plus the weather was quite cool and overcast, weather we haven't seen since La Paz. I wandered down and around the streets taking photos as I went until i reached "El Plan". this is the flat bit at the bottom of the hill and where the...

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Dec 7, 2013 - 4 days in Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ('Valpo') is my rest stop between two small-group tours, both with Tucan Travel. I've indulged in a modern Ibis Hotel that I booked at a good price online before I left home. They've also stored a parcel that I posted just before I left, with clothing for cold weather, being that I head next into the lakes, mountains and glaciers of Patagonia - spread across the southern Andes of Argentina and Chile, and then do a week in Antarctica, starting on New Year's Day. This latter trip requires a severe downsize to 15kg check-in and 5kg...

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Dec 7, 2013 - Day in Santiago

Saturday, December 7th I woke to a glowing body starring at me in the mirror! The sunburn seemed to be worse than yesterday and I had to wear soft long sleeve tops even in the 80 degree weather. I was up early to get a nice walk along the coast in and a Starbucks coffee. I was getting picked up at 9am so I wanted to make sure I had enough time to walk. I got to Starbucks at 8am and it was closed! What Starbucks opens at 8:30am? Clearly, I was not the only one who thought it opened earlier as I watched people come and go and wait in line...

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Dec 7, 2013 - Down South to Valparaiso

This morning was a early rise and transfer to Calama airport about an hour or so drive away from San Pedro. Calama airport itself was tiny, but a new terminal is being built next door, presumably to allow international flights into the touristy San Pedro. We sat upstairs and ordered a coffee and something to eat. Jane ordered a donut and got 3, I ordered a piece of cake and got nearly the whole cake. Actually i think the wedge equated to about 1/8th of the cake and it was a big cake. The flight itself was pretty uneventful. We got a snack...

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Dec 6, 2013 - Day of relaxation in Vina del Mar

Friday, December 6th It was fantastic sleeping with the sound of crashing waves! I blasted my heat and kept the balcony door open and it was perfect...I was able to sleep in...well, 8am is later than normal. And, I turned on a TV for the first time in 2 weeks....so sad to hear about Nelson Mendella. For being a high end Sheraton, I was surprised they did not have coffee machines in the room....so, I was off to explore Vina del Mar and coffee and money exchange was top on my list and second was shopping. I knew not to take a lot with me...

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Feb 24, 2013 - Los Andes

2/24/2013 Left at 8:30 AM this morning and zipped through Santiago with no problems. We were going to overnight at Los Andes, the foot of the pass over the Andes back into Argentina but decided to head up the mountain and spend the night along the way. Good decision as we learned the east bound highway is open from 8PM until 7 AM only. We would have missed the opening tomorrow and been stuck until 8PM tomorrow. We are parked by a nice restaurant, we are full of water so will take a nap, do some reading and have no caught up with our blog....

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Feb 14, 2013 - Valparaiso

About 70 miles northwest of Santiago is Valparaiso, Chile's main port and known for its , artistic vibe and great vistas. It was declared a world heritage site based upon its improvised urban design and unique architecture. One of the most interesting sites, declared as World Monuments are their ascensors (highly-inclined cable cars)or funiculars. There are about 16 of them, most of them in working condition and some of them being refurbished. The city also has historic Trolleybuses that operate daily. Valparaíso was declared a UNESCO World...

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Feb 14, 2013 - Vina del Mar

Contrary to what the name of the city might indicate, we did not go there for wine tasting. We wanted to, but then had more urgent things to take care of, like get a camera fixed. It so happened that Petra's lens cover did not close properly anymore on her camera. So we had to get it fixed or resort to some more drastic measures, like remove the pieces by force or possibly get a new camera. Needless to say that we got it fixed in one afternoon for the total price of about $18. Now that is service. In the meantime we had to check out the...

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