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Mar 20, 2019 - Calama to Valparaiso

We left the dust and dogs of San Pedro de Atacama and headed for the grime and dogs of Calama. Calama is still high at 2250m, it's a working class city not really geared to tourists unless you want to go visit some of the biggest copper mines in the world. We remembered the Chilean mine disaster of 2010 when 33 miners were stuck underground for 69 days. One of those trapped miners does tours but we decided not to go. We've already visited some big mines in Australia. Our flight from Calama was delayed for an hour due to wind and the rest of...

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Nov 19, 2018 - Vina del Mar, Chile

Founded in 1874, Vina del Mar (Vineyard of the Sea), has its origins in a colonial hacienda whose vineyards faced the ocean. The area was transformed into a city after the 1906 earthquake compelled the elite of Valparaiso to relocate there, just one mile north of Valparaiso on the coast. It was an ideal place to build French-style garden palaces and the town became a resort for the rich. Today it is Chile’s “City of Gardens” and the place where people from Santiago spend their weekends and holidays on the shore of the Pacific Ocean about...

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Sep 26, 2018 - Rain, rain and more rain

Today there is more rain forecast and this is the day we left free to do snorkelling or anything else that we discovered during our time here. We have a lateish breakfast and then return to our room as it is bucketing down. Around 11.15 we think we may as well go and have a coffee. A couple of places aren’t open yet but we find a restaurant that will serve us coffee. We are the only people there. We order 2 capuchinos and enjoy their warmth. The rain does seem to be easing so Phil pays the bill, a whopping CLP8,200 or nearly A$18 -...

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Sep 25, 2018 - Vinapu, Orongo, Motu Nui, Akavi, Rano Kau, Ana Te Pahu

This morning we wake and the weather is not good. It's raining as forecast. We have two half day tours booked today. First we meet at the Mahinataur office and head to the end of the airport runway to see the main ahu called Vinapu, which has six fallen statues face down with three of the pukao that topped them. Its orientation, as in many other platforms on the island, is related to the position of the stars, and in this case it is directed east of the winter solstice. The ahu itself is the nicest on the island and shows perfect...

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Sep 24, 2018 - Rango Raku, Tongariki, Te Pito Kura, Anakena Beach

Today we are going on an, all day tour, of Easter Island. We leave Hanga Roa and our first stop is Rango Raraku. This is the quarry for the volcanic rock that the moai are carved from, sometime between the 13th and 16th centuries. The carvers worked at the top of the quarry using flint stone to carve as there was no metal on the island. They would carve some of the moai shape and then slide them down the slope of the extinct volcano and finish the carving before raising them to the upright position. The eye sockets were the always the last...

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Sep 23, 2018 - Santiago to Easter Island

Today we are off to Easter Island for 3 nights. We order an Uber and as it is still only 7am the streets are not yet blocked off for the bike riding, so we get picked up outside our door. Checkin is okay although they do not have the seats that Phil booked on line, seems like they have changed the type of plane so we get a window and middle seat. There is no gate mentioned on the boarding pass so we think it is still being worked out and head off down to the domnestic terminal. We see a staff member near the departures screen and ask her...

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Sep 21, 2018 - Valparaiso

Today we are up early at 6am as we are going by public bus to Valparaiso a sea port 120km from Santiago. We get an Uber to the Alameda Bus depot and walk straight in and buy a ticket for a bus leaving in 5 minutes. Great! We get on board, settle down and enjoy driving through the market gardens area, fruits, avocados, and all sorts of crops and then the wine growing region with lots of wineries and vines along the highway. We arrive at Valparaiso bus depot and get another taxi to Plaza Sotomayor where we are booked on a Tips4Tours tour at...

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Apr 26, 2018 - Colourful Coastal Chile

Had we known we would end up not getting to San Pedro de Atacama (aka the desert) and be forced to spend more time in Santiago we may have stayed in either Villa Del Mar or Valparaiso for a few days. Given our last-minute change of plans and the extended week in our condo, a daytrip seemed a good choice. We had a pretty drive from Santiago out to the coast, with lunch at a very nice seaside resto in Vina Del Mar and a walking tour in each of the cities. They are both pretty, and pretty colorful, but I certainly do not feel compelled to go...

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Jan 16, 2018 - Sunsets on our Easter Island Experience

We are sitting at a late breakfast today Tuesday 16th because we leave the island today to head back to Chile for our continuation of our journey of a lifetime. Last night we wandered down to Hangar Rua and brought a surfers dude shirt, why because that is what one does. I probably wear it a few times and wrap it for a present to Ross, unless he is reading the blog...... It started raining as we passed the local Moia as we entered a fantastic resturant recommended by our guide, ( the family friend), but you come to learn everyone on the...

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Jan 15, 2018 - Last 1/2 day tour including Oregano Volcano and The Birdman Period

Today is our last escorted tour of the North side of the island, and this was a sacred area around an extinct volcano known as Oregano. This area became utilised following the destruction of the Moai in about 1730's. Their beliefs changed from that of there forefathers or Chiefs related to God, to that of the Mate being transferred into birds and specifically their eggs. Every year a ceremony would be performed where the tribal warriors would swim to a remote island some 3km off shore and collect the first egg of the seabird laid. This...

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Jan 14, 2018 - Our First Day Tour of the Easter Island

Today is Saturday and I woke up excited about the day ahead, on looking out of the window looking west, the clouds were a subtle hint of pink and was calm apart from the 5 cockerels crowing constantly. We headed out of Hanga Roa, the main town to Tongariki. This sacred place has the most Moai standing 10. It was a picture perfect place facing East with the Moai facing inland. We learn about the platforms, Moai as well as well as the politics, life styles and organisations of the Napa Rui, the indigenous people who came from the the...

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Jan 14, 2018 - 2 half day tours of Rapa Nui

After a terrific cultural show last night, we were late in getting up and ready for our 09:30 start. This was not a problem as our guide 15 minutes late due to blown tyre from yesterday's tour. I have attached photos from the cultural show. We visited a site named Tahai, which was a location we had walked past already on a number of occasions to and from the hotel. This time we recognised each and every aspect from the site layout, ceremony platforms, homes and chicken runs, as well as lumps of rock which were actually old Moia that had...

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