Category Archives: Chile

Walking Tour of Santiago, Chile- Photo Series

We found ourselves in Santiago more out of necessity than any real desire. We were going to Easter Island for a few days and Santiago is one of only two places you can fly there from. Since we were passing through, we decided we should spend at least one day in Santiago exploring the city….

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Orongo- Ceremonial Village of the Birdman Cult

Set between the sprawling crater of Rano Kau and the plunging cliffs of Easter Island’s southwest coast, is the small ceremonial village of Orongo. Orongo is a much different site than any other place on Easter Island. There are no famous moai statues and no huge ceremonial platforms. It’s the only place on the island…

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Rano Raraku- Carving Site of Easter Island’s Moai

Scattered across the slope of a volcano are hundreds of stone heads, their serious facial expressions gazing out over Easter Island’s barren landscape. These are moai- idolized by the original Rapa Nui culture and obsessively built here at Rano Raraku, one of Easter Island’s most fascinating sites. About Rano Raraku Rano Raraku is the quarry…

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4 Days in Easter Island- A Self-Guided Tour of Rapa Nui

“We’re most looking forward to spending 4 days in Easter Island,” I’d say when friends asked about our upcoming trip to South America. “What’s Easter Island?” some would ask, a quizzical look on their face. “You know, the place with all the stone heads,” I replied, trying to hide my shock that they didn’t know…

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3 Weeks in South America- Our Itinerary’s Hits and Misses

South America has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for 10 years, but for some reason it has always taken a back seat to other destinations. I am happy to say, that is no longer the case! We finally made it to the southern hemisphere, spending 3 weeks in South America (well, 24 days…

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  • Tamara - Sorry to hear you had a poor experience in Huacachina- we loved it, and I don’t remember seeing any garbage at all (we went 2 years ago). I also didn’t notice pollution in Lima like you described, but it’s also one of the only places I’ve ever been where I was terrified about getting robbed anytime we had to get into a taxi. I’m hankering to get back down to South America to explore Argentina!November 4, 2016 – 9:58 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yeah, it was a big disappointment. Our hotel had a nice pool area that looked out onto a dune, but the sand was covered in garbage. We noticed garbage is a problem in a lot of areas in Peru and Bolivia. It looks like people drive out onto the rural roads and dump their household waste. Then the dogs and other animals come and rip open the bags and before you know it- garbage everywhere!

      I felt safe in the cabs in Lima. Well, from getting robbed that is, not so much when it came to the driving!

      I’d love to explore Argentina too and maybe even go back to see more of Chile.November 11, 2016 – 3:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Victor - Beautiful photographs. It’s so pity there is no Pinterest share button.November 14, 2016 – 10:08 amReplyCancel

  • Michael - Rhonda. Thank you so much for your blog post on 3 weeks in South America. My wife and I are planning 4 weeks starting in Santiago, Atacama, Bolivia, Lake T., Cusco, M.P., Lima and ending with a cruise on the Amazon. I was wondering if it is too much but after reading your blog, I got energized and decided to go for it. Thanks again.

    MichaelNovember 3, 2017 – 10:06 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - That sounds like a fantastic trip, especially the Amazon cruise!November 4, 2017 – 4:06 pmReplyCancel

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