Blogs from South America


South America » Colombia » Cartagena February 22nd 2019

I promised no more blogs from Colombia but here are some photos from Barichara and Cartagena...too beautiful to not include! After a long, hot drive from Barichara to Cartagena, Tortuga is now safely at the port and set to sail to Houston on Sunday. We will spend another few days in Colombia and then fly to Houston to collect Tortuga at the end of next week. Enjoy the photos...there are 22 in total! ~ Ken & Fi... read more
Bougainvillea in Barichara
Old city walls, Cartagena de Indias

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 22nd 2019

Today, the high altitude portion of our trip begins. I’m not really looking forward to it - I’m not sure I’m designed for altitude. To make matters worse, I have a stinking cold. We reach the airport 2 hours before our flight. The airline recommends a minimum of 3, which seems excessive in the middle of the night. But we’ve left it very tight. After check in comes immigration. The queue is enormous and it takes 30 minutes to almost reach the front. Then the computers crash and what little action there was grinds to a halt. We finally reach our gate 8 minutes before boarding commences. We are flying to La Paz. The airport is 4080 metres above sea level. It’s craziness. I wouldn’t want to live 4080 metres from the sea horizontally, let alone ... read more
La Paz from the hotel
Bolivian beer
Everything llama

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 21st 2019

It’s our last day in Chile and we’re going to Cerro San Cristobal; a park on a hill on the edge of the city reached by a funicular railway. First, breakfast from the mini market over the road. The old man buys a cake tossed in a thick coating of icing sugar and coconut. He puts it into a bag, then picks the bag up by the wrong end. The cake falls, he executes a miraculous catch, saving the cake and covering the next lady in the queue in sugar and coconut. After we’ve finished juggling/eating breakfast, we walk to the funicular which operates from its own castle and takes you 500m up the hill for great views over the city. You can then climb past a series of decorated crosses to a 22m high statue ... read more
Cerro San Cristóbal Teleférico
Cerro San Cristóbal funicular
Cerro San Cristóbal funicular

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 20th 2019

Today we’re sightseeing in Santiago. We’ve passed though it underground 3 times but not surfaced yet. We start with a tour of the Palacio de la Moneda (the seat of the President) where we visit the ground floor; courtyards, the press room, state rooms and the chapel. Then on to the main plaza and the cathedral, finishing at the hillside park of Cerro Santa Lucia. Here you climb several hundred steps through various gardens to a turreted lookout, where we are confronted by the rather surreal scene of a family taking their cat on an outing, while a man plays the soundtrack to Grease on a harmonica. The afternoon consists mainly of chores; I do 12 days worth of laundry while the old man gets a haircut and buys a new belt (following a rather embarrassing ... read more
Palacio de la Moneda
Palacio de la Moneda
Palacio de la Moneda

South America » Colombia » Cartagena February 20th 2019

Olisimme menneet katsomaan linnoitusta heti aamutuimaan, mutta se aukesi vasta klo 8. Aamiaisen jälkeen lähdettiin taksilla rannalle pilvenpiirtäjien luo. Otettiin varjo ja tuolit ja käytiin pari kertaa meressä. Päivällä mentiin katsomaan vanhaankaupunkiin inkvisition museota, joka oli edellispäivänä kiinni sähkövian takia. Kävin sitten yksin katsomassa sitä paikkaa, josta lähden huomenna Santa Martaan. Päivälevon jälkeen oli vuorossa kala-ateria. Iltakierroksella jätin hostelliin puhelimet ja silmälasit. ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 19th 2019

We awake to the inevitable sounds of rain and cockerels. It’s been an uneventful night, apart from the old man waking to find a cat on his chest. Today we are returning to civilisation, which is an exciting prospect, although I have developed a cough and chest infection and am terrified someone will notice and deny me boarding. We check out of our hostel. The bill is quoted in dollars then converted to pesos at a very creative exchange rate. The old man stands his ground and eventually she backs down and agrees to use the official exchange rate. It’s another long day of travelling; a 5 hour flight backwards through time zones, then a bus and a tube, finally reaching our apartment in Santiago at 8 pm. It’s such a relief to be somewhere clean ... read more
Waiting in the rain at Easter Island airport
What’s under here?

South America » Colombia » Cartagena February 19th 2019

Aamulla käytiin vanhassakaupungissa. Kävin smaragdimuseossa, kun Jukka teki ostoksia viereisessä korukaupassa. Yhdestä automaatista olisi saanut rahaa vain vajaan sadan euron edestä. Toisesta sai kaksin kerroin. Illalla tein kierroksen Getsemanissa. Tuoretta ananasmehua. Puistossa puissa pieniä apinoita. Täällä on yleistä että juoma ostetaan baarista muovimukiin ja juodaan kadulla. ... read more

South America » Chile » Easter Island February 18th 2019

It’s our final day on Easter Island and our first nice day. Until now, our time here had combined the worst weather of our trip with the worst accommodation; outside has been wet and windy and miserable while inside has been damp and mouldy and miserable. But today the sun is shining and we ‘borrow’ (£50) the landlady’s jeep for an outing. We’re doing the south-east circuit (basically, the runway runs almost the width of the island and the road circles the island in a figure 8 around the runway). Our circuit consists of: Ana Kai Tanga (a cave with petroglyphs), Rano Kau (a crater containing a reed covered lake), Orongo (a ceremonial village), Vinapu (some fallen Moai), Puna Pau (a quarry where Moai topknots were carved), Ahu Akivi (7 Moai facing the sea) and Ana ... read more
Ana Kai Tanga
Ana Kai Tanga
Rano Kau

South America » Colombia » Cartagena February 18th 2019

Lento Cartagenaan lähti klo 11.22. Mentiin ajoissa lentokentälle. Cartagenassa taksilla hostelliin Getsemanin kaupunginosaan. Kattoterassilla oli pieni uima-allas. Syötiin hostellin ravintolassa pastaa. Viideltä lähdettiin vanhaankaupunkiin. Terassilla margaritat. Käytiin katsomassa rantaa, kun tuli jo pimeä. Hostellin lähelläkin oli yöelämää sopivasti. ... read more

South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa February 17th 2019

We wake up to to find out that the old man’s father has died. It’s not unexpected, but still sad news. Outside it’s still raining. It’s as if the heavens have decided to join the old man in his tears. We opt for a quiet day with a walk along the coast. We walk 8 miles in total, stopping first at the museum to learn about the history of the island and its Moais then on to Ana Kakenga; a cave in a lava tube with two ‘windows’ overlooking the ocean. The entrance is tiny. I may be descended from a long line of miners, but I don’t do enclosed spaces so the old man goes in while I stay on the surface. On the way back, it finally stops raining and we catch our first ... read more
Cruise ship 5th plinth
Cruise ship waiting off graveyard

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