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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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Dec 20, 2013 - Easter Island continued…..

So this morning (Friday morning) it was just us with another guide, Nicolas, doing the "Birdman" walk. When we looked at the map this evening, Mick and I realised that we have already just in a couple of days pretty much covered wither on fort or in a vehicle most of the island. Our walk this morning started out at Ahu Tahira, where unusually one of the moai is a woman - quite hard to see because of the erosion, but we took Nicolas' word for it!! The trek was to the crater of Rano Kau from Ahu Tahira along the cliffs looking east towards...

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Dec 18, 2013 - Easter Island

So it really was quite early this morning as we left Matetic in the dark - I felt like turning over and going back to sleep, but the thought of getting to Easter Island was enough to get me up. Check-in at airport was fairly painless, but trying to leave a couple of cases for our return was not so easy, despite the fact that we are staying at the Holiday Inn when we get back from Easter Island they would only keep them for one day. The left luggage place at the airport, contrary to their claim to be open 24 hours a day every day of the...

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Dec 17, 2013 - Easter Island, Chile

A dream come true to visit Easter Island!!!! Otherwise known as Rapa Nui, Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian Triangle. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park. Polynesian people settled on Easter Island in the first millennium AD, and created a thriving culture,...

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Dec 17, 2013 - Matetic...

So having been staying at places where everything is arranged for you – Matetic was rather different. Sunday was election day and on election day they have a prohibition law, so the winery wasn't open so we couldn't do the tour we wanted to do. We had the option of going on a trek with lots of other people, which didn't really appeal. Finally we decided we would hire a driver and go to Isla Negra where there is another of Pablo Nedura's houses. We booked the driver for 12, he finally arrived at 1.15, by which point we were not very happy...

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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 - The winelands…..

Our last night in Valparaiso we went to a quite exclusive restaurant - Toby had his first tasting menu. It was OK, but not a patch on Cube or 500! On the morning we left Valparaiso it was cloudy, but we did see a submarine coming into the bay - we did a short walk around the neighbourhood, kids not quite getting the whole experience that Dad was trying to give them. Our transfer into the winelands was relatively short, and so we arrived at Matetic - it is a winery in the Casablanca valley with only seven rooms. We did minimal un-packing and...

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