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  • Back to where it all began===Return to Santiago=== [center][/center] ~ We had been to the Atacama Desert and walked among flamingos, geysers and even “on the moon”. ~ We had been awed by the Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Feb 10, 2017
  • Feb 8 - VALPARAÍSO, CHILE (Day 2) The exciting third segment begins: “ANTARTIC ADVENTURE”! Originally Posted by Swenigale in Serenity 8 | Feb 9, 2017
  • Chile aboard Crystal SerenityAfter about a 2 hour drive from Santiago to Valparaiso, through countryside that reminded me of Southern California, we boarded the ship. Our bags were already in the cabin, and, after the mandatory life boat drill we headed to Posted by rpickett in Rusty Pickett, ECC, LCS, MBA | Feb 9, 2017
  • Catholicism and ancient cultures entwined===A last morning in Hanga Roa=== Santa Cruz Church We had already walked past Hanga Roa’s small but intriguing Catholic church on our first afternoon on the islan Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Feb 9, 2017
  • Caleta Tortel – Villa O’HigginsFebruary 8 Going down and up the stairs to get to the car through the rain, I managed to slip on the final step before leaving Caleta Tortel. I kept it to myself. Nobody knows. A bit of driving, a ferry, two Posted by FierceOrc in Chile 2017 | Feb 10, 2017
  • Caleta TortelFebruary 9 This was our day of relaxation. Too bad the internet connection is like a ferry boat: endless loading times and slow motion. We could have made a trip to gletsjers, but since we have already booked a gletsjer trip Posted by FierceOrc in Chile 2017 | Feb 9, 2017
  • Puerto Guadal – Caleta TortelFebruary 6 One road, one town, one intersection, one wrong turn. Twice: in Puerto Bertrand and Cochrane. We’re fast becoming experts at losing our way where there is really only one way to go. Other than that, this was a relatively Posted by FierceOrc in Chile 2017 | Feb 9, 2017
  • Feb 7 - VALPARAÍSO, CHILE (Day 1) As dawn breaks over the 45 hills of Valparaíso we find that we are docked in – a container port. The houses on the hillsides and even the containers are pretty Posted by Swenigale in Serenity 8 | Feb 8, 2017
  • Chile aboard Crystal SerenityAfter the typical overnight flight from Atlanta to Santiago, we were met by very helpful Crystal Cruises folks and transported to the Grand Hyatt Santiago, a wonderful 5 star hotel in the middle of the city. Our room was Posted by rpickett in Rusty Pickett, ECC, LCS, MBA | Feb 8, 2017
  • Of moai and more===Exploring Rapa Nui=== Ahu Tongariki On our second full day on Rapa Nui we took a whole day tour which concentrated on the main sights on the south-east and n Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Feb 8, 2017
  • An introduction to the moai, and the cult of the Birdman===Exploring Rapa Nui=== Ahu Tahai ===What’s in a name?=== So here we are on Rapa Nui – and I use that name with deliberation. Most people refer to this remo Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Feb 6, 2017
  • Feb 6 - COQUIMBO, CHILE Congratulations, New England Patriots! We watched you perform the impossible into the wee hours of the night (Chile's time is two hours later than Eastern Standard Tim Posted by Swenigale in Serenity 8 | Feb 6, 2017
  • Puerto GuadalFebruary 5 The people here get their news from local radio stations (and the internet, no doubt). There are no newspapers. For one thing, the country here is so sparsely populated that there is a clear shortage of readership, and the Posted by FierceOrc in Chile 2017 | Feb 5, 2017
  • Coyhaigue – Puerto GuadalFebruary 4 Today was a memorable day of extended offroad travel (missing the first of two turnoffs while I was navigating, but I recovered by finding a shortcut), being hurled from one marvelous panorama unto the next glorious vista, while being Posted by FierceOrc in Chile 2017 | Feb 5, 2017
  • Chapter 6 - Leaving Chile. Kind of. Sort of. Eventually...“No Bus”, said the lady in the Andesmar Bus office in San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile. Nik and I had been travelling gradually up from Cape Horn at the bottom of Chile, and San Pedro de Atacama was our Posted by capetocape2017 in Cape to Cape 2017. By Land. Mostly | Feb 5, 2017
  • Torres Del PaineIt’s been raining all night but at “stands up” 8am it was just misty with wet roads and very cool at 8degC. Today we cross back into Chile on our way to Torres Del Paine National Park on a mixture Posted by ScottyJ in A coddiwomple to the Americas & beyond | Feb 5, 2017
  • The navel of the earth===To Rapa Nui=== [center] Tongariki[/center] One of the main reasons we had come to Chile was to combine time on the mainland, visiting the Atacama Desert and Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Feb 5, 2017
  • Breaking the journey===A few hours in Punta Arenas=== [float=right] View from our room[/float] We broke our journey back to Santiago from the Torres del Paine with an overnight stay in Punta Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Feb 4, 2017
  • Feb 4 - ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE The city of 400,000 rises behind us, backed by the desert mountains as the Captain backs us into our allotted space. And so we continue south on our tour of deserts an Posted by Swenigale in Serenity 8 | Feb 4, 2017
  • Getting that iconic shot===Farewell to the Torres del Paine=== [center] Laguna Azul[/center] [float=left][img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/871113/9_96_Torre.._Paine_2016.jpg thumb=ht Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Feb 4, 2017
  • La Junta – CoyhaigueMost hotels so far have been pretty basic to downright spartan. The one in La Junta (all hotels are included in my travel map that you should be able to access from this blog) was easily the best. The restaurant Posted by FierceOrc in Chile 2017 | Feb 3, 2017
  • Feb 3 - IQUIQUE, CHILE Our first stop in Chile is this northern section which was fought over by Chile, Bolivia and Peru in the late 1800’s because of its mineral wealth. [img=http://ph Posted by Swenigale in Serenity 8 | Feb 3, 2017
  • Chaitén -La JuntaIn Chaitén, we stayed at a place run by two lumberjacks. One of them speaks really good German, the other gets by on English, so they’ve got their bases covered. They basically built this place on their own, I think, Posted by FierceOrc in Chile 2017 | Feb 2, 2017
  • “The full Paine”===Lakes, mountains and glaciers=== Lago Nordenskjöld On our one full day in the Torres del Paine National Park we did the tour offered by our hotel, the Hotel Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Feb 2, 2017
  • To touch the skyTo the Torres del Paine National Park Hotel Las Torres As a lover of mountain scenery, I have long wished to visit the high Andes of Patagonia, and specifically Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Feb 2, 2017
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