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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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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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Feb 5, 2017 - Valparaiso and home

For our last 24 hours in Chile, we checked into the San Cristobal Towers and headed for the lobby bar to have a snack and watch the Super Bowl on TV. We left before the Patriots beat the Falcons in an upset victory that went into overtime, a Super Bowl first. On Monday, we checked out and met our guide for a trip to Valparaiso. After a pleasant hour and a half drive to the coast through vineyards and agricultural land, we arrived first at Vina del Mar. This seaside community is populated by retirees, university students, and Naval...

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Aug 16, 2016 - Valparaiso

After driving a lot more and passing Sandman's hand coming out the desert we are in Valparaiso. It is two cities next to each other (Vina del Mar is like Surfers' Paradise) Valparaiso is slightly more hustly than Santiago. Mummy likes it better though. After solving a Y3 maths question of how to cross a very busy road and taking a massive detour we finally found the sea front ( you wouldn't want to swim!). There were lots of huge seals on an old pier and one lonely one trying to jump up but he had missed the tide. After dodging countless...

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Our Year Out

Jan 31, 2016 - A rough Day - Valparaiso

A rough day - January 31/February 1 We thought the Russian train was an experience but it was nothing to what happened today. We were sitting on the front seat (aisle seat) of the local "O" bus that roams up and down the hills and is the only easy way (without using an expensive taxi) to get to Pablo Neruda's house (Nobel laureate for literature). This is Lonely Planet's recommended route to Neruda's house. We had been on this bus yesterday with our tour group. Today, Sunday, it was just me, Grammar, the driver and a young couple. The bus...

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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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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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