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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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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 - 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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Andie Mini Trip 2012

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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Andie Mini Trip 2012

Jan 27, 2013 - Whimsical Valparaiso - a photographer's delight

Little did I know that we had saved the best for last! Valparaiso is a quirky, charming city built on hills (Cerro is the Spanish word for hills), 42 hills to be precise. The historic centre and two of the hills (Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepion) have been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Our hotel is on Cerro Alegre which is right next to Cerro Concepcion, so we spent a whole day wandering through this historic area. You may be wondering why it earned world heritage site listing. Valparaiso was first settled in 1542 and the...

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Jan 23, 2013 - Valparaiso, Chile

Today was our first real wine-tasting day. We had arranged for a local guide before we left the states and were set up to visit several wineries, have lunch at a local restaurant (by local we mean where locals go, not touristas), and get a feel for the general area around Valparaiso. The day started early since we docked at about 8:00. By 8:30 we were in the cruise terminal and met our local guide. He had planned to have us visit at least two wineries and then to show us some of the coast and downtown Valparaiso. We arrived at our first...

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Jan 9, 2013 - Here's a little world you can all join in with....

It's very simple and I hope it's new Make your own life up if you want to Any old life that you think will do.... Okay at this point in my South American adventure I got a little crazy. I'm going to blame it on poor impulse control brought on by too much time at high altitude in cold temperatures and under the stress of too much UPHILL! What I wanted though was an island, no not a high altitude lake island, a sea level tropical island perhaps one with some scuba diving available? So, through a momentary lapse in reason I booked a flight to...

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Dec 22, 2012 - Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

Today was change-over day with some passengers leaving the ship in Valparaiso and others joining the next part of the cruise. The passageways have assorted luggage for collection by the stewards. We have been notified we are allocated the same cabin. This is good as we have every cupboard, draw, shelf and empty space filled. Anyway the cruise was sold to us as one cruise. Not like in the USA as two cruises. A couple of couples we sat with at dinner said they were offered incentives not to come on this cruise by the Princess line. The whole...

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Nov 18, 2012 - Rest Day, Vina Del Mar

Serviced Car in best ever facilities. I went too to take some photos. No problems with car and lunch provided! Paul and Sophie had a fright with a delaminated tyre blow out. Bus ride into Valparaiso. Dinner with Debbi and David Gault in the Hotel dining room took 3 hours! After Note: Paul has had another tyre blow out. We are very glad that he and Sophie are OK, just frightened. He has invested in four new tyres even though the end of the rally is near as he does not trust the originals.

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La Gira Andina 2012

Nov 17, 2012 - Last high Andean pass

For our last day in the high Andes of Argentina, we travelled Patchetts, Gaults and Edmund - and took a small diversion from the recommended route to take in the old Ruta de los Carricoles (Wagon trail) over the mountain north of Mendoza - rather than following through the valley with vineyards. We understood from our map and guidebook, plus a little internet research that the old road was metalled, but contained an optional 17km section of dirt road that consists of '365 bends' (actually only 270) clinging to the side of the mountain. When...

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La Gira Andina 2012

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