Chile photos

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Our last few days in South America

After a nice few days in the lake district visiting thermal baths and bike riding to beautiful waterfalls, we returned to Santiago to catch our flight to Fiji (via Auckland).     We spent our last day in South America visiting a small village in Canon del Maipo where we tried to fit in as…

Disappointed in Torres Del Paine

Allegedly one of the most spectacular national parks in South America, Torres Del Paine was the reason we went to Patagonia. So we set off on the five-day ‘W’ trek with high hopes. The first day was a hard eight-hour return slog to the park’s namesake peaks which everyone raves about. They were basically three granite…

Funiculars, chips and graffiti in Valparasio

Three hours from Santiago, the capital of Chile, is the quirky port town of Valparaiso. It is a city of contrasts. On one hand it is slightly rundown, a bit dangerous and lacking in obvious sights. But on the other hand it is full of artists and students which give it an edgy, alternative feel. The whole city…

Turning a year older in the desert

After a long overnight journey we finally arrived in San Pedro de Atacama, a small town high up in the middle of the arid desert in northern Chile. As it was my birthday Becki had booked a posh hotel to celebrate. However, I had no idea just how nice it was going to be… On arriving at…

Huacachina: a desert oasis

Huacachina was initially not a must-see destination in Peru but more of a stopover to break our long journey between Huaraz and Tacna, on the Chilean border (around 30 hours if you did it all in one go!). However, as soon as we drove into the village from Ica (where you take the bus to) I…

The Santa Cruz trek

After visiting the vast Chimu ruins at Chan Chan (where we were constantly asked to have our picture taken with locals) we took a nightbus to Huaraz. I have never been much of a trekker but once we got to Huaraz, doing a four-day, three-night 45 km hike (and for only US$120) seemed like the…