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Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014

Torres del Paine

Coodinates:  51°00′ South     73°06′ West   Right from the beginning of my trip I’d been harbouring the idea of visiting Torres del Paine, the famous national park in Patagonia in the far south Chile. Part of my initial trip to the south had been with that destination in mind but by the time I’d...

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Villarica & Pucón

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014

Villarica & Pucón

T his was another ‘CAUC activity’, one of the last if not the last for the semester. The outline was something of an organised, activity-filled dash around the Araucanía region in the south of Chile. Both Villarica and Pucón are lakeside towns, happily situated in the rolling greenery characteristic to southern Chile and both...

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Valparaíso & Viña del Mar

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014

Valparaíso & Viña del Mar

I lived 22 years in Australia and never once visited New Zealand for many reasons but most likely it was because of money and the fact that half my kiwi family was living in Australia and that I was just a kid so unless we had some family holiday planned it wasn’t as though I...

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Arequipa & the Colca Canyon

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013

Arequipa & the Colca Canyon

I deferred northward travel from Cusco, preferring to remain in the city an extra week exploring further the winding streets, restaurants and activities – one of which didn’t happen, and the other of which was not worth it – but I still enjoyed myself immensely. Arequipa is another tourist destination in southern Perú and I...

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Cusco

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013

Cusco

‘¡Masaje, masaje, amigo!’ ‘Massage, my friend.’ ‘Machu Picchu tour!’ ‘¡Te doy un buen precio, amigo!’ ‘¿Foto señor?’ ‘¿Anteojos de sol?’ ‘Llévate uno, amigo. Un recuerdito.’ ‘Baby alpaca, señor. 100%’ ‘¡Tourist information!’ ‘¡Gorras, chompas, guantes!’ ‘¿Una monedita señor?’ ‘¿Menú señor? Pizza a la piedra.’ Pheeep! Beebeep. Weeoo-weeoo. Beeeep. ¿Masaje? Cusco, Peru’s tourist Mecca and economic...

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Machu Picchu

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013

Machu Picchu

The words ‘Machu Picchu’ have reached mythic popularity in the west, driven by a powerful tourism industry. It’s the poster image of Peru and arguably South America, if you had to choose. I love the way we did Machu Picchu, sort of stumbling our way towards this iconic destination. Steve and I had just...

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