“Are you doing the W or the O?” we were constantly asked on our way down through Chile. We knew we wanted to do some hiking in Patagonia, but this trekking alphabet was new to us. Before much longer, the Q came into question as well. It was time for us to set our route – and a visit to the free talk at Erratic Rock was just the medicine we needed.more
In Peru, we had porters (Machu Picchu - Der Weg ist das Ziel), but in Chile, we decided to try it out ourselves.
For years my father-in-law has undertaken his annual “Hüttenwanderungen” (multi-day hut-to-hut treks) in the Alps and encouraged us to come along. However, we had always shied away at the thought of carrying more luggage than a day pack. Somehow, in Chile, we dived right in at the deep end, and armed with tent, sleeping equipment, cooking pots, and 5 days' worth of food, we set off on our first multi-day trek carrying all our own luggage. And in the process…more
Many people say you can leave Santiago out of your travel itinerary. Chile's capital doesn't rank highly in the reputation stakes, but we are no strangers to getting acquainted with places with bad reputations (remember Mannheim?), so as it was conveniently located between our destinations of Mendoza and Valparaiso, we popped in, gave it a chance, and were pleasantly surprised...more
With the clear skies of the Atacama desert on our doorstep, we weren't go to miss out on a spot of star-gazing fun. First stop was the SPACEObs tour just outside San Pedro de Atacama, but we ventured further afield to get up close to the “very large” telescopes of Paranal.more
We've been busy seeing Chile, folks. We hit San Pedro de Atacama at the end of our Bolivian salt-flats tour on December 6, and have been discovering just how incredibly diverse and long the country is (there's over 4,000km of it!). So, to update you a bit, here's a taste of our Chilean shenanigans. Oh, and by the way, if you haven't discovered it yet, you can keep track of our more detailed route under "Where We Are" at the top of our page :-)more
Many of our friends familiar with German culture will know the short 18 minute black and white sketch that is aired every new year called “Dinner for One”. You'd probably be hard pressed to find a German who doesn't know the phrase made famous in the sketch - “same procedure as every year”.more
There was proper coffee at the German-run hostel in La Serena, Chile, flowers on the table, Google hangouts with the family, a stroll along the beach, a saunter through the Japanese garden, lemon pie from the hostel, jewellery from the hubby, crab swimming in cheese (pastel de jaiba) for dinner, a glass or two (or maybe more) of Chilean Carmenere (a red wine originating from Bordeaux but now rarely found in France), and best of all – it was my first birthday in the summer sun.more