Chile, 2016


In February/March, 2016 we took a trip to Chile. We had previously visited various countries in South America, but had never stopped in Chile before.

We arrived in Santiago and stayed for a couple of nights to shake off the jet lag before heading to the north of the country - to the Atacama desert close to the borders of Bolivia and Argentina. This part of the trip was, unsurprisingly, hot, dry and dusty (I know, I know - what did we expect when going to the desert?). It was certainly unlike other trips we had made to, and through, desert areas and turned out to be a really new and different experience for us.

From there we flew south past Santiago to an Chiloe island, which is separated from the mainland by only a few hundred metres. Tourism in this area is quite "low key" - a perfect change for us, coming from Atacama. We stayed with a wonderful local family on their small farming property. Their hospitality was just great and this was a truly enjoyable stay.

After Chiloe we flew much further south to Puntas Arenas and drove to the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia where we were stunned by the spectacular beauty of the area. Incredible landscapes, mountains, glaciers and lakes to leave one speechless. Simply incredible!

Then we made our way back north to Valparaiso, the harbour and port city close to Santiago. Valparaiso was a major seaport until the opening of the Panama Canal, and is still trying to establish an identity for itself. It is now best known for its graffiti and murals (it's difficult to say where one ends and the other begins). From Valparaiso we returned to Santiago to the wonderful news that we had been upgraded to business class for the long flight home to Australia.

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001. Hotel Orly, Santiago
1. Hotel Orly, Santiago
002. Santiago
2. Santiago
003. The Virgin Mary on Cerro San.Cristobal, Santiago
3. The Virgin Mary on Cerro San.Cristobal, Santiago
004. Approaching Calama
4. Approaching Calama
005. Atacama Desert and Volcano Lascar
5. Atacama Desert and Volcano Lascar
006. Tulor village archeological site
6. Tulor village archeological site
007. Tulor village archeological site
7. Tulor village archeological site
008. Tulor village archeological site
8. Tulor Village archeological site
009. San Pedro de Atacama
9. San Pedro de Atacama
010..San Pedro de Atacama
10. San Pedro de Atacama
011. Volcano Lascar
11. Volcano Lascar
012. Belltower in Tocanao, near San Pedro de Atacama
12. Belltower in Tocanao, near San Pedro de Atacama
013. Atacama Salt Flats
13. Atacama Salt Flats
014. Atacama Desert and Lascar volcano
14. Atacama Desert and Lascar volcano
015. Salt sculptures in the Valley of the Moon
15. Salt sculptures in the Valley of the Moon
016. Valley of Mars, Atacama
16. Valley of Mars, Atacama
017. Valley of Mars, Atacama Desert
17. Valley of Mars, Atacama Desert
018. Valley of Mars, Atacama Desert
18. Valley of Mars, Atacama Desert
019. Valley of Mars, Atacama Desert
19. Valley of Mars, Atacama Desert
020. Valley of the Moon, Atacama Desert
20. Valley of the Moon
021. Early morning at the Tatio Geysers
21. Early morning at the Tatio geysers
022.Taito geysers
22. Tatio Geysers
023. A Tatio Geyser
23. A Tatio geyser
024. Tatio Geyser
24. Tatio Geyser
025. Tatio Geysers
25. Tatio Geysers
026. Tatio Geysers
26. Tatio Geysers
027. A snow covered volcano seen from the air
27. A snow covered volcano seen from the air
028. Ancud on Chiloe Island
28. Ancud on Chiloe Island
029. Penguin tour boats lined up at Punihuil beach
29. Penguin tour boats lined up at Punihuil beach
030. Our boat is the Titanic!
30. Our boat is the Titanic!
031. Magellanic penguins at Punihuil
31. Magellanic penguins at Punihuil
032. Magellanic penguins at Punihuil
32. Magellanic penguins at Punihuil
033. Magellanic penguins at Punihuil
33. Magellanic penguins at Punihuil
034. View over the Ancud area
34. View over the Ancud area
035.Sabastiana at Quemchi
35.Sebastiana at Quemchi
036. Fishing boats beached at Quemchi
36. Fishing boats beached at Quemchi
037. Yellow wooden church, Quemchi
37. Yellow wooden church, Quemchi
038. More colour in  Quemchi
38. More colour in Quemchi
039. Another wooden church - Iglesia de Aucar
39. A wooden church - Iglesia de Aucar
040. Iglesia de Colo, near Quemchi
40. Iglesia de Colo, at Quemchi near Dalcahue
041. Iglesia de San Francisco in Castro, the capital of Chiloe
41. Iglesia de San Francisco in Castro, the capital of Chiloe
042. Interior of Iglesia de San Francisco
42. Interior of Iglesia de San Francisco in Castro
043. Interior of  Iglesia de San Francisco, Castro
43. Interior of Iglesia San Francisco in Castro
044. Palafito houses in Castro, Chiloe
44. Palafito houses in Castro, Chiloe
045. Palafito houses in Castro, Chiloe
45. Palafito houses in Castro, Chiloe
046. Palafito houses in Castro, Chiloe
46. Palafito houses in Castro, Chiloe
047 Arriving at the Torres del Paine National Park
47. Arriving at the Torres del Paine National Park
048. Hotel las Torres. Torres del Paine National Park
48. Hotel las Torres. Torres del Paine National Park
049. A view of  the actual Torres del Paine
49. A view of the actual "Torres del Paine"
050. Torres del Paine National Park
50. Torres del Paine National Park
051. Cerro Paine Grande
51. Cerro Paine Grande
052. Los Cuernos (the horns) of Torres del Paine
52. Los Cuernos ("the horns") of Torres del Paine
053. Another view of the Torres del Paine
53. Another view of the "Torres del Paine"
054. Guanacos in the Torres del Paine National Park
54. Guanacos in the Torres del Paine National Park
055. More of the Cordillera Paine massif
55. More of the Cordillera Paine massif
056. At the Salto Grande waterfalls
56. At the Salto Grande waterfalls
057. Los Cuernos (the horns) of Torres del Paine
57. Los Cuernos ("the horns") of Torres del Paine
058. Lago Grey and Grey Glacier
58. Lago Grey and Grey Glacier
059. Glacier Grey
59. Glacier Grey
060. Glacier Grey
60. Glacier Grey
061. Glacier Gey
61. Glacier Grey
062. Glacier Grey
62. Glacier Grey
063. Lago Grey, Glacier Grey, and the Torres del Paine National Park
63. Glacier Grey
064. Valparaiso harbour
64. Valparaiso harbour
065. Valparaiso Harbour from the Concepcion district
65. Valparaiso Harbour from the Concepcion district
066.  Concepcion district, Valparaiso
66. Concepcion district, Valparaiso
067. Concepcion district, Valparaiso
67. Concepcion district, Valparaiso
068. Valparaiso Graffiti
68. Valparaiso Graffiti
069. Valparaiso Graffit
69. Valparaiso Graffiti
070. Valparaiso graffiti
70. Valparaiso graffiti
071. Valparaiso Graffiti
71. Valparaiso Graffiti
072. Valparaiso Graffiti
72. Valparaiso Graffiti
073. Valparaiso windows and bags
73. Valparaiso windows and bags
   
 
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