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Jan 30, 2016 - Jan 30 Valparaiso

Jan 30 Valparaiso We took a group tour in the morning with guides who do guided tours for tips. It was a pretty big group; so two guides went with us. It was useful to have two - one at front and one at back or one to watch traffic as we crossed busy streets. We started in the banking district and then roamed into the waterfront area that is more dicey. Then we all piled onto the "O" bus that winds its way up and round 11 hills at a considerable speed. We got off at a former detention centre from the Pinochet era. This large area is now a...

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Jan 29, 2016 - January 29 Santiago to Valparaiso

January 29 This morning we met with with sister Angela Moloney who came into Santiago specially to see us!. She is a Carmelite nun who is Uncle Hughie's sister and she is working in a community about an hour north of Santiago. We had a great visit with her that included a wide-ranging ecclesiastical conversation. Grammar talked about her favourite religious woman, Hildegard von Bingen and then both Grammar and Angela talked with enthusiasm about Saint Catherine of Sienna. We had a lot of fun and were sorry to see her go. After that, we...

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Sep 26, 2015 - Question of the day: Are there bodies under those heads??

Saturday. Breakfast at 8am again; made sandwiches for dinner this time. Pick up at 9:15 for the full day tour. It was pouring rain when we woke up but had settled into a light drizzle by the time we headed up for breakfast and the mostly stopped when the guide arrived. Today we have John as our guide; he's a young (late twenties) Rapa Nui. The van was full but we were the only english speakers. There was a honeymooning Italian couple, a couple from Spain, a man & his mom & grandma (?-we made that up) from Brazil and a number of other...

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Sep 25, 2015 - More than you ever wanted to know about moai!

Friday Breakfast at 8am to be ready for our pick up at 9:15am. This is just the beginning of the season for them here so the hotel is not very full--we were the first, and only, ones at breakfast for 1/2 hour. Our guide, Natalia, picked us up with a van (driven by Juan) already half full and we had to pick up a few more people too. We had a mostly full van by the time we went to our first stop. This is a 3 hour morning tour, a 2 hour break for lunch on our own and then a 3 hour afternoon tour. This tour has both english and spanish...

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Jun 18, 2015 - Wandering the Colourful Streets and Copa America

Feeling refreshed, we headed to the main square for a walking tour of the town called 'tour for tips'. It is a free tour and the guides for so lovely and spoke good English. We met a couple of English girls, Alex and Amelia who had been travelling South America for 6 months, an Irish girl who had just arrived and was doing 3 months Solo and an awesome Swedish guy Lars who had planned to make a boat in California with his friend for a year and sail to Brisbane but he ran out of money in Mexico so they had to sell the boat and come to South...

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Jun 17, 2015 - Off to Vibrant Valparaiso

The following morning we got up for breakfast and we were knackered we had to check-out before 11am, at which time Sophie and I had fallen back asleep and Hannah was in the shower. The maid wasn't that bothered though she just came and basically swept around us. We eventually managed to drag ourselves out of the room and onto the sofas in the common area where we saw Daniel from Miami. Such a lovely guy came to see the Copa America Game by himself, we said our goodbyes and we were on our way to Valpariso. The bus was funny, we met a boy...

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Feb 15, 2015 - Sea Day - Valparaiso to Puerto Montt - Day 2

Day 2 – at sea – February 15, 2015 We went to sleep gently rocking with 1 to 4 foot seas and woke up to similar rocking (but a little stronger) with 4 to 7.5 foot seas. However we pretty much all slept great through the night!! This is a sea day – so we really had a lot of relaxing and not much rushing around. The air temperature was 54F and overcast mostly with the sea temperature at 55F – but we really did not get out to sample either!! We did see a few patches of bright blue sky in between the clouds. The winds were from the south at...

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Jul 2, 2014 - Cable, WiFi, and trapeze included

The coastal city of Valparaiso is everything a backpacker is looking for. It's grungy, cobblestoned streets are flanked by colourful abstract murals around every corner. And unless you take one of the creaking 'ascenceurs' (elevator/trams which can date back to the late 1800s!), Valparaiso makes for one glute-burning city tour! The city is built on such steep hills, the mishmash of colourful buildings almost look like they're piled on top of one another. Needless to say, it's a very photogenic city (but watch your step while you're busy...

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Feb 13, 2014 - Easter Island, Chile

A lovely sunny, warm day as we head towards Easter Island. We went to a talk on the history of Easter Island this morning. DNA sampling shows the population originate from the eastern side of the Pacific & are of Polynesian descent. There are a lot of theories about their original civilisation & lots more to discover. We will sail slowly by the island with the starboard side of the ship facing the island. We should be able to get a good view from the comfort of our own balcony. Later...... For the last half hour we have been sailing slowly...

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Feb 9, 2014 - Valparaiso, Chile

The ship docked early & we were already alongside when we woke. There are a lot of people leaving us & more joining for the next leg of the world cruise. A sunny day with a little sea mist at the start. Our excursion took us around Valparaiso & on to Vina del Mar, the seaside retreat for residents of Valparaiso & Santiago. Valparaiso has some interesting old buildings & impressive square while Vina del Mar has a beautiful beach front promenade & lovely gardens. We also visited the Fonck Museum which houses exhibitions to do with the...

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Jan 16, 2014 - Easter Island

1/16 – 1/21 Five sea days brought us 2344 miles to Easter Island. During that time Ken took a class on playing the uke and we both learned how to play cribbage from Wanda and Bill (of course, after four months Ken has forgotten everything). Easter Island was an excellent stop. It is a hard port to get into since there is no pier for large ships and the water can sometimes be too rough for the tenders. About 50% of the cruise ships that come to this island never get ashore. We had no trouble at all. We took one of the ship’s tours of the...

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Dec 25, 2013 - The last day on Rapa Nui….

So our last day on Rapa Nui was a really great one – our hike in the morning was to the crater of the oldest volcano. A relatively easy hike, but really beautiful at the North triangle point of the island. We were with our lovely guide, Gina, an English couple and an American couple. Stunning view over the rest of the island and a view of the only moai with an open mouth – although you really had to use your imagination to get that one!! On the way down Felix walked with Patty, the American lady, we did warn her that once he starts he...

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