Chile

San Pedro de Atacama

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Chile, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

San Pedro de Atacama

We got to San Pedro de Atacama after our tour of Southern Bolivia, and the first orders of business were showering, laundry, and enjoying warm weather at a paltry altitude of 2400 meters. This is the driest desert in the world, so by warm I mean balls hot. Most people do San Pedro in 2-3 days and jam pack all the popular tours, but we actually did the opposite. We stayed for over 4 days in order to relax and catch up with life and because we arrived on the day of full moon, we needed to wait at least three days to be able to do an astronomical tour which was high priority. And then because...

Read More

Moai Money…Moai Problems

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 in Chile, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

Moai Money…Moai Problems

After a day of unrelenting pain on a bicycle we decided to return them and go the 1% way – we got an ATV!!! We set off towards the eastern coastof the island to visit one of the highlights of Rapa Nui’s national park, Rano Raraku. Rano Raraku is a volcanic crater whose stone quarry was used in the creation of more than 95% of Rapa Nui’s Moai. The site is littered with dozens of standing and fallen Moai; some still embedded in the side of the mountain and never erected. While most Moai structures are fairly close to Rano Raraku, there are many that were transported a few hundred meters...

Read More

Rapa Nui, I Just Met You, And This Sounds Crazy…

Posted by on Dec 22, 2012 in Chile, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

Rapa Nui, I Just Met You, And This Sounds Crazy…

Day 1 We landed at about 6am but didn’t get settled in till 9 or so. Saw a very romantic sunrise with our 400best friends from the red eye. Immediately loved the sunshine shorts and tshirt weather and in true Natalya fasion underestimated the potency of the sun (sunscreen is a must, I am sporting some exotic tan lines now). Went for a walk through town to the Archeological Museum. It is about 30min walk from Mihinoa along the water and you can see your first ahu and moai! The museum is not as grandiose as the name suggests: more so a room with posters that you can read, but it does...

Read More

Easter Island

Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Chile, South America, Summaries | 0 comments

Easter Island

Rapa Nui, as it is called in the local language, is really a hidden gem. Isolated by thousands of kilometers from landmass and other islands, it offers an escape from everything rote, preconceived, expected. Unlike other island destinations, big name resorts do not hog the best real estate. There are modest hotels, cabanas, and some eco lodges. Everything on the island is at face value. You see how the locals live, because instead of being sheltered behind the gates of a resort, you can actually walk around town, hike ,bike, drive fully confident in the safety and you’ll be pleasantly...

Read More

Patagonia Recap

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Argentina, Chile, South America, Summaries | 0 comments

Patagonia Recap

Two weeks in Patagonia flew by. Yus and I spent them doing the W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park and checking out El Calafate and El Chalten. Below are some stats and fun facts. Puerto Natales Erratic Rock Hostel for daily info at 3pm Torres del Paine (pics here) 4 days, 3 nights , 70 km hiked: 53 with full backpacks, 17with daypacks Camped and learned how to set up a tent and use a camp stove El Calafate America del Sur Hostel Bus from PN to El Calafate 13k each Bus RT El Calafate to El Chalten 220ars each Mini trekking tour of Perito Moreno 640ars Highlight: whiskey on the rocks El...

Read More

W in Pics

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Chile, Photobombs, South America | 3 comments

W in Pics

Las Torres del Paine in photos for those too lazy to read the post on the W...

Read More
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: