Blogs from Viña del Mar, Valparaíso Region, Chile, South America


We booked all our tours in Chile in advance except a trip to Valpariso. What I found after studying internet, Valpariso is very close to Santiago and a day tour can be easily arranged from hotels when we were there. After we checked in at Best Western, I asked the front desk if they can arrange a day trip to Valpariso for the next day. The hotel was a decent one, conveniently located close to the underground metro station and next to a busy thoroughfare. People at front desk were friendly and helpful. “Not a problem”, the gentleman at the front desk confirmed and he arranged a pick up from the hotel on the following day. We were advised to pay to the tour guy directly. Valpariso is a port city around 116 km from Santiago. ... read more
Pablo Neruda - in a park near his home in Valpariso
Neruda's home and museum
Streets of Valpariso

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Viña del Mar October 2nd 2016

Tarmac Tour 2016 This years Tarmac Tour of Northern Chile and Argentina is about to kick off. We have four intrepid riders all on Harley Davidson motorcycles. Last year while we were on the Klondike Loop through Canada and Alaska, Radar (who also goes as Gavin or Kevin) proposed to Nikki (also known as Vicki) at our overnight stay at Wiseman. This was witnessed by Pete (alias Pistol Pete) and his lovely wife Julie (also known as Jules) along with Gerardo (GOM to those close to him) Well, in August this year Radar and Nikki snuck off to Las Vegas to get married so Raewyn (alias Bones) and I (also known as Rosco) gate crashed the wedding there and now we join them on their Honeymoon!!! So let the fun begin...... Jules enjoyed being on the ... read more
Travel takes its toll
Pizza night.
Hurry up and wait.

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Viña del Mar September 12th 2016

The BIG Ride - Epilog. After making our way North to Vina del Mar, where we washed the bikes and prepared to ship them home, the three of us left, then made our way to our shipping agent. A couple of months later, our bikes arrived home here in New Zealand which kinda marked the end of a fabulous and remarkable adventure. Here are some observations….. Total distance : 40,050 km’s. The circumference of Earth at the equator is 40,075 km, but from pole-to-pole — the meridional circumference — Earth is only 40,008 km around. This shape, caused by the flattening at the poles, is called an oblate spheroid. Border Crossings: We crossed 19 borders in total, not all of them easy…. Fuel Consumption : Average 5 Litres per 100 Km’s. 40,000 kms divided by 5 ... read more
A Poodle home made breakfast
Salto del Laja Falls
Dos Amigos

I always try and find the best in a new place but this was hard in Vina Del Mar. I know the subject description isn't flattering and I contemplated changing it... But I'm not travelling courtesy of The Chilean Tourist Board and the purpose of my blog is to share with you what I'm seeing, feeling and thinking. So it stays I made it safely to Santiago and was met by my driver at the airport for the 90min drive north to Vina Del Mar. The outskirts of Santiago aren't much to to look at - very barren and dusty. The closer we got to VdM the greener it became and driving through Casablanca, one of Chile's wine regions, was my first glimpse of Chile's natural beauty. My driver was lovely despite the fact that when ... read more

Supposed to dock at 5.30a.m. but ended up getting the ship on port around 8.00a.m., broken crane had to be removed/repaired - docked in working port - bused to port terminal around 2 miles. Been here around 2006 when we went to Santiago the first time. Very cute place - with all the unique houses scaling the surrounding hills, from the ship you can see numerous fununculars. Teamed up with 5 other couples, three from the world cruise 2012, and off we headed for a fun day. Very lucky we are with Carlos - Spanish/Chinese decent - living in San Fran - knows the lingo - so caught the local bus up to the plaza - first stop a pharmacy so people could stock up on prescription drugs etc - then took a walk through the ... read more

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Viña del Mar December 5th 2014

We have all arrived here in Vina del Mar, here is a catch up from Chaitan. Leaving Chaiten, we got an early morning ferry ride to the island of Chiloe, where we slept overnight at Castro. Leaving Castro the next day we continued north to Chacao where we caught another ferry to the mainland and Puerto Montt, then onto Valdivia on the coast. We made a detour to visit a New Zealand owned farm called 'Manuka' it is now the biggest dairy farm here in Chile. Both Jack and David had connections here and we were invited for lunch and a tour of the farm, this was enjoyed by the farmers and non farmers alike. After the farm tour we headed out to the coast for the night at Valdivia. This morning Cristian left us and ... read more
All aboard
Paul and Melean
The visit to 'Manuka'

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Viña del Mar September 28th 2014

Here we go again! All the motos are on their way to Valparaiso for our Patagonia Expedition - we fly in at the end of October for more South American adventure. We have a great team ready to ride with us from Chile, over the Andes into Central Argentina before exploring the fascinating terrain of Argentina Patagonia on our way to Ushuaia. With only four weeks to go before we fly out to Chile to rendezvous with our motos we shipped to Valparaiso a couple of weeks ago, the excitement is mounting amongst our small group of adventurers. Joining us on this Patagonia Expedition we have four riders that have been with us to the High Andes a couple of years ago - Tiny and Rippa Campbell from down the Naki, both riding their KTM's and ... read more
Sorting stuff for shipping
Tiny and Robyn
Rippa and David

Mendoza, Argentina to Vina del Mar, Chile..... We were to spend two nights here in Mendoza and take in the cultural and winery scene, well some of us stayed for three nights and really enjoyed the city. We went to Lopez Winery for lunch on our last day and we were in for a treat, this will now become part of our next Tarmac Tour. Gerardo, along with Bob and Mary, went onto Uspallata for the last night in Argentina, while we, D Duke and D Nurse stayed the last night in Mendoza, we made an early start, getting away by 8.00 am the next day and made a run for Chile...After a refuel and a coffee for us in Uspillata, a quick look at the Puente del Inca, we caught up with the advance party ... read more
Puente del Inca
The Stop and NOT Go man
Zig Zag all to us...

Well, folks, this is it. This will be my last blog entry here in Chile. After a trip so incredible, how can I sum it up in a blog post? How can I do justice to everything I have learned and experienced here? I think the truth is that I can’t. However, there are a few thoughts which I would like to share as my time here comes to an end. When Katie was here, she asked me about the three things about being in Chile that I would miss most when I am back in the US, either because we don’t do them there or because we do them differently. I found it a great question and have spent quite a bit of time thinking about it. Though there are so many things I will ... read more
I will miss this.
and this!
A restaurant inside an old train.

As strange as the title is to type, it is true. It’s crazy to me. I am down to my last two weeks. Besides being strange because it is the end, it is also weird because many of my friends who were here abroad with me have already left to go back to the US! I tried to convince them that it wasn’t allowed to go back without me, but, alas, they didn’t listenJ Though it was sad knowing we would all be parting ways, we made sure to take full advantage of our time by doing several things as a group. One night last week, we all went to a Mexican restaurant together for dinner. It started out just being an idea of a couple people but then more and more people decided to join, ... read more
Enjoying the once.
Last day?
we found a cool park

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