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San Martin "Gem" in the Andes

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 27 Dec 2007 | Views [1187]

San Martin is imbedded in the beautiful region which people here fondly term the region of seven lakes. It's like a tiny lakeside mountain town in the US, a bit smaller and more charming than Mammoth, CA.  There's just one main street with off-shooting ... Read more >

Most Picturesque Border Crossing

CHILE | Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | Views [1438]

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

CHILE | Tuesday, 25 Dec 2007 | Views [1326]

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...

CHILE | Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | Views [928]

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

CHILE | Sunday, 23 Dec 2007 | Views [996]

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 >

Tags: places

Talca Wine Region: A Confused Adolescent

CHILE | Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | Views [2560]

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 >

Tags: drinking

Viña del Mar: Vegas on the Beach

CHILE | Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | Views [1089]

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 >

Tags: Adventures

Woman with a Mission: Garivalpo

CHILE | Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | Views [986]

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

CHILE | Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | Views [1221]

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 >

Tags: Adventures

The Devil Lives in Cellars of Concha y Toro

CHILE | Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | Views [3152]

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

CHILE | Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | Views [1174]

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 >

Tags: Adventures

And So Begins Our Love Affair with Chile

CHILE | Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | Views [1033]

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

CHILE | Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | Views [931]

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 >

Tags: Adventures

Attentive Bus Drivers of Chile

CHILE | Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | Views [898]

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

CHILE | Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | Views [904]

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 >

Tags: Adventures

San Pedro de Atacama or New Mexico?

CHILE | Sunday, 9 Dec 2007 | Views [970]

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 >

Tags: Adventures

Stripping Down in Zero Degree Temps

BOLIVIA | Saturday, 8 Dec 2007 | Views [1059]

Buen dia!  It's 4:00 a.m., our wake up knock on the door caught us all off guard, as we bumped around in the dark, attempting to pack up our bags, and load our stuff on the roof of the truck.  We speed off to Sol de Mañana to catch a glimpse of the ... Read more >

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Flamingos, Colored Lakes & Three Bottles of Vino at 4500m

BOLIVIA | Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | Views [935]

Up at the crack of dawn, we spend the day traversing the most interesting landscapes in the altiplano.  From bizarre rock formations jutting up from the earth, to colorful lakes full of flamingoes, it's a new view every few meters and the colors ... Read more >

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Adobe Huts and the Chagas Bug

BOLIVIA | Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | Views [1998]

We checked into our very rustic Hostel Los Lipez, in this tiny Pueblo, home to only 200 residents. We are the only tourists here. Getting settled in our mud brick adobe wall and thatched roof room, thoughts of the discovery channel episode on ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Salar de Uyuni: Freaky Fields of White

BOLIVIA | Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | Views [936]

After a quick stop on the fringes of Uyuni to visit the Cementario de Trenes (Train Cemetery), we are off in our old 4WD Land Cruiser, all packed in shoulder to shoulder with our diver, cook, Valerie and Bas and two other North American female students ... Read more >

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Four-Wheelin' Bumpy Bolivian Bus

BOLIVIA | Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | Views [945]

We decided to splurge on our nights bus today, 10 hours, from La Paz to the desolate town of Uyuni.  Todo Turismo has the best reputation, so for $25 per person, we get reclining seats, and a bus with heat.  The ride goes up over 5,000m and overnight ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Biking the World Most Dangerous Road

BOLIVIA | Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | Views [1107]

Close your eyes and imagine rocky roads, passing under heavily cascading waterfalls, 1000m sheer cliff drop offs, on a road just barely wide enough for a truck to drive it, with no extra space for a slip of the tire or an animal to pass.  Yes, we ... Read more >

Tags: Adrenaline

Dried Lama Fetus & Witchcraft

BOLIVIA | Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | Views [3114]

La Paz is like one huge outdoor market. Locals are selling everything imaginable.  We met up today with our friends Valerie and Bas, who are transiting through La Paz and heading south on a trip through the Salar de Uyuni with us.  On the top of our list ... Read more >

Tags: Markets

Dropping into La Paz

BOLIVIA | Sunday, 2 Dec 2007 | Views [845]

Driving into the city of La Paz is literally like dropping into a huge canyon with sides 1000M steep, stacked high with cubicle mud-brick homes stacked next to and on top of each other. During the day, the thousands of tiny brown boxes blend in with ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Policia and the Virgin Patron Saint

BOLIVIA | Saturday, 1 Dec 2007 | Views [2583]

We are so lucky to be in Copacabana today for one of their biggest festivals for the "Virgin" Patron Saint.  It happens to coincide with the big Police parade, in honor of all policia and those in the academia studying to be policia.  Marching ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

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