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South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica October 4th 2011

Still having our base camp in Guanaqueros we made a second week-end trip to the Isla Damas National Park. The islands are famous for their wildlife, most of all for the Humboldt penguins, but also the view itself is quite stunning, which we experienced at a real nice kayak trip and a boat trip to the islands. Returning to Guanaqueros we got some surfing done, waves were not that good but still fun. After two weeks in the La Serena region we finally went north, on the way we wanted to visit Tres Cruces National Park. Actually we did, somehow. The park is at 3800m and to get there you have to go over a pass with 4200m above sea level. Turns out that having breakfast at the beach and driving to 4200m within 10 hours ... read more
Ruta 5
Isla Damas

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica June 24th 2011

So, I'm sitting on this first of a three leg bus journey to get to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. I continue to be amazed by this bus, so finally decided to pull out the laptop and write about it. First, let's put things into context of my amazement. I've been on buses shared with goats and chickens. On ones where you shoved and pushed to claim a seat, and ones that were standing room only. Been on ones with people puking and the entertainment of the monotonous ride was to watch the vomit run up and down the aisle. Others where you could climb up on top of the roof to sit for a "custom" view. Ones where everytime the bus stopped, you better keep an eagle's eye on the luggage catch so your bag ... read more
For onesies
Cruz Del Sur

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica June 15th 2011

Whilst in Arica I went on day trip up to 4,500 metres on a visit to Lauca National Park. It was an area of outstanding natural beauty (see first photo). There we saw a lot of wildlife including vicuñas (see second photo) and llamas (see third photo). I was born one of identical triplets, and imagine my suprise when I was reunited with my two long lost sisters (see last photo). Evidently they had been abducted by an Andean travelling llama castrator, who left Britain due to the lack of work. What happened after that is foggy, but we have a lot to catch up on. The photo is proof of what they used to say - only our mother could tell us apart. Mientras que en Arica fui en viaje de un día hasta 4.500 ... read more
family reunion

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota March 14th 2011

March 14  So I woke up around 7:30 checked the surf and debated going out for a long time but decided to wait on the tide switch again. So I had breaky n hung out a bit.  I went out around noon for a few hours. There crowd grew as I was out there but I must say all the guys in the water were super nice so it was a great sesh. I got some fun waves and the vibe in the water was great. When I came in I had some lunch and chilled out till my avo sesh.  Which was even more crowded but with kids so I paddled over to colegio to have it myself. It wasn't as consistent especially at first but as the tide dropped it got better and I ... read more

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota March 9th 2011

March 9 So I had to put my headphones on to fall asleep. I want to change hostels but I don't know if I can be bothered. The swell is supposed die thursdaay and Friday but pick up on the weekend. I'd like to see the place with a decent swell but also like to see Arica with swell ill have to check the forecast hopefully I could get a day or 2 in here and a day or 2 in Arica.  Well there wasn't much surf when I checked it this am so I went back and had breaky and lied back down fora bit. Then decided to hang on the beach. There was a bit more swell with the higher tide but I thought I'd wait a while so I walked the entire south ... read more

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica February 18th 2011

OK, I spelled Machu Picchu wrong in the last entry... On Wednesday, the 16th, we had our second luncheon for those passengers who are booked for the entire cruise, the "All-Rounders." Here's the menu: Seafood Tower -- Baby shrimps, rock lobster and tiger prawns on an artichoke bottom served with cognac flavoured cocktail sauce. Cream of Carrot and Pumpkin Soup -- Infused with ginger, served with a swirl of herbed cream and crouton. Duo of Salmon and Sole -- Pan fried salmon filet and poached lemon sole filet served with grilled green asparagus, mushroom and lobster sauce. The Best of Chocolate and Orange -- Silky chocolate cheese cake and orange mousse with Campari flavoured fruit sauces. Not bad, huh? Oh, this was accompanied by a glass of champagne as we walked in and wine with the ... read more
Ell Morro
Hot and sweaty at the top
Among the containers

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica December 11th 2010

This weeks is the final week of my SIT program. I left Valparaíso on Tuesday to return to the home base in Arica once again. Our ISP projects were due on the 9th and with luck and some surprisingly efficient Chilean girls, I had it printed and bound within a matter of minutes before it was due. For me, this was a real surprise because it seems that many times when you walk into a heladeria and ask for a helado, the usual response is "No hay helado." And this is just a basic example. Places that claim to be able to print things don't have paper, or restaurants that advertise pasta don't even have spaghetti on the menu. That's Chile for you. I will probably miss the surprises when I am gone. Maybe. I was ... read more
Plaza O'Higgins, Valparaíso
Cars fo kids

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica December 7th 2010

After enjoying two beautiful days at the beach in Iquique we started our journey up to Peru. Our first stop would be Arica, 4 and a half hours from Iquique. Knowing that it would be our shortest bus ride, oddly enough it seemed as the longest one for me and Lucy. We only spent the night there and the next day we contiunued on to Peru. Our second stop was the city of Tacna, 50km away from the Chilean border. As I crossed the border I got excited for my future adventures in Peru but got sad as I say goodbye to Chile, my home for the last 5 months. After Tacna we had a 6 hour bus to Arequipa where we would meet up with some friends. ... read more

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica October 29th 2010

Today was my last morning to wake up in Arica. The alarm on my cell phone went off at 4:30 am and at 5 I was getting on a bus to the airport. My host mom and sister, Camila, left me with the rest of the students in my program at the gate to Campus Saucache and now I am back in the Santiago airport waiting for the second leg of my flight to Temuco. Sitting in this airport is all too familiar after my 14 hour layover in August, but this time I have more friends with me. The skies are also clearer today and I have a fantastic view of the snow-capped Andes that surround Santiago. Flying in to Santiago is incredible, especially in the early morning sun, because the tips of the mountains ... read more
Grumpy Alpaca from Campus Velasquez
My favorite graffiti

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica October 18th 2010

After my trip to Tacna last weekend, I was really content to hang out in Arica and not do too much this weekend. Of course, I have 700 proyectos, ensayos, y tareas that I need to do for my classes in my final two weeks of real school. That's right, two weeks until we take out last trip- Temuco- and then begin our Independent Study Projects (ISPs). I can't believe we are at this point in the program, but I am also really excited to actually do my research now. This week I also had round 2 with the Rotavirus we suspect has been plaguing our group. It is not food poisoning, as the budding epidemiologists on the program have ruled that out. So we are going with evil Rotavirus. But I am all healthy now. ... read more
Super linda!
What you get for living in a tsunami zone
Kayley buried in sand

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