Tag Archives: South America

Chile, April 9 -13th – Santiago and Valparaiso

Santiago/Valparaiso. The Santiago Valley is home to one third to one half of the Chilean population. It is also the main wine growing region in Chile. The valley is sandwiched between the Andes and the coastal mountains, and is a … Continue reading

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Easter Island, April 4 to 8th, 2013

Easter Island Easter Island, one of the remotest populated islands on the planet, has long been a source of fascination for most people. The stone heads or moai, carved some 400 to 700 years ago, are the most recognizable artifact … Continue reading

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Chile – San Pedro de Atacama March 30 to April 4, 2013

Chile – a land of contrasts. Chile – Seems like a strange place for a vacation. However, Chile is a misunderstood country by most North Americans. A long slender slice hanging off the western edge of the Andes against the … Continue reading

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Quito and The Galapagos

The next morning 6 of our original group headed to Quito en route to the Galapagos. Quito was established in the 1500’s but has had indigenous people living in the area for over 2000 years. It was part of the … Continue reading

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Peru 2008 – Altiplano, Lake Titicaca

Altiplano – Puno – Lake Titicaca. After exploring the recent Inca history, it was time to move south to where legend has it the first humans came out of Lake Titicaca to start the earliest civilization in the Andean highlands. … Continue reading

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Peru 2008 – Cusco Inca Trail Machu Picchu

Cusco / Inca Trail / Machu Picchu. After the humid heat of the Amazon, we stepped out of the airplane into the dry cool mountain air of Cusco, 3400m above sea level. Every refreshing breath required twice as much air, … Continue reading

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Peru 2008 – Amazon

The Amazon – Puerto Moldanado – Sandoval Lake.. The group left Lima for a 1.5hr flight to Puerto Moldanado in the southern Peruvian Amazon area via Cusco. This flight showed us the extreme variety in the Peruvian landscape. The foggy … Continue reading

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Peru 2008 – Lima Miraflores Pachacamac

In the book 1000 Places To See Before You Die, Machu Picchu and the Galapagos feature prominently. These had also been on our must see list for many years, and proving the old adage, that given enough money any problem … Continue reading

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