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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 - 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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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 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 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 - 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 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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