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Labor Strikes and Customer Rage: Buenos Aires Airport

Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | Views [2613]

Argentina is know for it's restless workforce. Striking employees line the streets with flags, drums and lots of chanting, hoping to bring attention to their cause and resolution of their issues. Most recently it's been the airport employees in Buenos ... Read more >

Another Day of No Show for the Torres

Saturday, 12 Jan 2008 | Views [1476]

Up at the sound of our watch alarm, it's now 4:30 a.m., it's still windy, rainy and the Torres are again socked in.  We sadly go back to bed, upset that we'll not have a clear day to capture good photos and see this remarkable formation that adorns covers ... Read more >

Wind, Rain and Stinky Horse Poop

Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | Views [2116]

Our trek today will be far easier than yesterday's.  Just seven hours total, what a luxury!  We even sleep in until 8:00 a.m. and awake to a magnificently sunny day.  Our $18 breakfast is very worth the money, oatmeal with almonds and raisins, scrambled ... Read more >

13 Hour day: Mr. Musculo Kicks Butt

Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | Views [2166]

We always have a good laugh at some of the TV commercials in Chile and Argentina. The one for liquid cleaning fluid in particular, cracks us up.  Like our Mr. Clean in the states, here they have "Mr. Musculo" (Mr. Muscle), a guy that cruises ... Read more >

Glacial Camping

Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | Views [1913]

Here we stand, among the clouds, sun, sprinkles of rain and wind, gazing out from our tent at the most amazing blue glacial lake watching icebergs float by.  The ground is freezing cold, our rented mats the thickness of a cheap yoga mat, and our sleeping ... Read more >

Wilderness Backpacking 101

Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | Views [1965]

We attended an information session with Erratic Rock owner Rustyn, and over a "real" cup of java we learned all the essentials needed to make our trek successful. The tips he shared with us were so good, we thought we'd share them with others, ... Read more >

Back to Chile: Puerto Natales the Windy City

Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | Views [1860]

It's smooth sailing for our 7 hour bus ride to Puerto Natales today, and thankfully gaining an extra hour on Chilean time, just in time to snag the last "double" room at Erratic Rock II, a small franchise of hostels (there's actually 4) the ... Read more >

Most Picturesque Border Crossing

Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | Views [1469]

We have crossed so many land borders over the past year, it's tough to remember each one.  Laos to Cambodia stands out due to the very remote nature of the actual crossing and the number of boats, mini vans and busses required to complete the passage.... Read more >

A Snowy Christmas Day

Tuesday, 25 Dec 2007 | Views [1356]

We so luck out today, it's 6:00 a.m., and the blasting winds have turned to a light breeze.  The morning clouds engulfing the volcano are beginning to scatter and give way to blue sky.  We grab our take-away breakfast sandwiches (yep, every breakfast ... Read more >

Bring on the Argentinean Santa Ana's...

Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | Views [957]

We had to abort our mission this morning to climb up and snowboard down Volcán Villarica.  We woke up to 80km winds and raging hot temperatures well over 35 degrees.  It's like a giant Santa Ana, with hot desert winds sweeping in from Argentina.  And ... Read more >

I Believe We've Died and Gone to Heaven: Pucon

Sunday, 23 Dec 2007 | Views [1024]

The sun slowly sets, igniting the clouds into flames of red, orange and pink, illuminating the snow covered perfect "cone" of Volcán Villarica.  As the sky turns dark, a red glow replaces the plume of smoke once visible from the active, yet ... Read more >

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Talca Wine Region: A Confused Adolescent

Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | Views [2601]

The wine region of Chile produces some amazing wines, both reds and whites.  Talca, just a six hour bus ride for us from Valparaíso, has become known for it's Maule Valley, especially the reds produced from this region.  They also tout their "Ruta ... Read more >

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Viña del Mar: Vegas on the Beach

Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | Views [1133]

Valparaíso is connected to Viña del Mar, it's glitzy smaller neighbor, by train, bus and colectivo.  Despite the thick marine layer, we make the quick hop over to check out the much raved about beaches lining the very short shore line, high rise hotels ... Read more >

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Woman with a Mission: Garivalpo

Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | Views [1025]

The woman running our B&B, Garivalpo, is one of a kind.  She's dedicated the downstairs portion of her restored home in the hills to students, to promote their local artistic capabilities.  During our stay here, she's actually running a special ... Read more >

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Artsy Valparaíso

Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | Views [1259]

Tiny multicolored houses dot the hillsides of this seaside town of Valparaíso, west of Santiago.  The city feels a bit like a tiny San Francisco to us, a marine layer hangs over the coast, and steep hills give way to busy commercial streets below, ... Read more >

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The Devil Lives in Cellars of Concha y Toro

Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | Views [3224]

The lights suddenly turn off, and the shadow of the devil appears on the far wall of the most prized section of the cellars of Casillero del Diablo. It's cool and damp, and we peer into the long chamber where the aging red wine is kept to age and ... Read more >

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Streets of Santiago

Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | Views [1218]

Santiago is a hip, happenin' city with lots of barrios to be explored.  Of course every barrio has it's own "Plaza de Armas" (leafy shady park area).  Parks are popular spots to socialize, especially among couples in love.  We walk through ... Read more >

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And So Begins Our Love Affair with Chile

Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | Views [1069]

Floating through the air, we see speckled iridescent blue lakes nestled between towering mountains, and then from out of nowhere, we see the sprawling metropolis below us, surrounded by huge snow capped Andean peaks.  Touch down, we're now in Santiago, ... Read more >

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Remnants of Home

Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | Views [967]

Just past the 11th-month mark on our trip, and there are things we're now really missing on the road. We're down to our last homemade roll of toilet paper, dug out from the bowels of my backpack. I was thrilled to find we even had a little left. There's ... Read more >

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Attentive Bus Drivers of Chile

Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | Views [935]

I had to put this one in...  all our bus rides in each country have brought forth great memories and stories.  Just to describe how enthralled even the locals are with the unique and picturesque landscape, we’ve caught this one on film.  Here’s our ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Walking On The Moon

Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | Views [938]

We did break down to take a tour of the Valle de la Muerte (Valley of Death), and Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon).  We drive less than 30 minutes outside the pueblo of San Pedro to find the most eerie landscape.  Around us, wind eroded rocks ... Read more >

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San Pedro de Atacama or New Mexico?

Sunday, 9 Dec 2007 | Views [1005]

We had hoped coming down to 2,600m would bring less pressure on our lungs, a bit more temperate weather (warmer, a bit of humidity perhaps) to recover our head and chest colds.   Not in San Pedro de Atacama.  This place is a barren desert, aside ... Read more >

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