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Feb 5, 2009 - La Serena/ Valle del Elqui

A nouveau, dans la trame du voyage, deux choix s'offrent a nous: nous pouvons traverser la frontière et monter par l'Argentine ou pousser par le Chili jusqu'au desert de l'Atacama. Nous nous fions finalement a notre guide le plus sur: notre intuition! Nous restons donc au Chili. La prochaine grande ville est La Serena. Nous l'atteignons le soir et dans la nuit nous montons la tente dans un champ. Le lendemain apres avoir été reveillés par le proprietaire du champ nous visitons la ville et profitons de l'immence plage. C'est un endroit...

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Jan 30, 2009 - Amalia Glacier

Amalia Glacier Todays main activity was dad’s birthday! We woke up late and had birthday cake and went to breakfast. Then we played Yahtzee and cards while the girls went to kids club. After I baby-sat the girls while Noah, Mom, and Dad went to see Baby Mama. I did homework with the girls until they came back and we went swimming. Unfortunately they closed the pool for another activity so we went in the jacuzzi and then had lunch. After lunch I dipped in the pool and then took a shower. Then we were approaching Amalia Glacier so we went up...

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Jan 25, 2009 - La Serena - Chile, Chile, Chile!!!

I don´t know what I was expecting from Chile, but I have been captivated by the landscape and particularly by the people. Everyone incedibly warm and friendly, and extremely laid back. The timing of the day really appeals to me too! Everyone sleeps late, then has cake for breakfast. Lunch is not until about 3 in the afternoon - followed by a sleep, then it is time for another round of cake. Dinner is late - around 9pm and everyone stays up all night talking, eating and drinking. It is holidays here, and there are people and children...

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Nov 16, 2008 - Pan de Azucar

Hit San pedro de atacama in northern chile with no buses heading to Salta (Argentina), so we headed to the closest national park, Pan de Azucar, Chile... sort of a desert on water... 10km walking later, lunch seemed like a good idea, before we headed back out.

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Oct 5, 2008 - Adios Santiago - Hola La Serena

5th October 2008... Time to leave Santiago.. I start heading north. My bus leaves at 0930hrs for a place called La Serena 7hrs drive away. Breakfast had, while at breakfast another woman joins me with a very recognisable accent. Another kiwi travelling solo..from Nelson. She arrived the night before and making her way south of Santiago. Unfortunately I'm ploughing through my breakfast as I need to get to the main Bus Terminal to catch my bus to La Serena. I'm at the Bus Terminal by 0920hrs but my bus does not appear to be there. Its 0940hrs...

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Live & Learn 2008

Jun 22, 2008 - More star-gazing at La Serena

We came to La Serena to visit one of the observatories to get more knowledge about the desert night sky. There are many observatories around La Serena because of its 340 clear nights apparently! La Serena had a nice little beach as well and we enjoyed our short stay in this nice little city.

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Apr 29, 2008 - country no. 5

Chile...... its so hard to believe dat we´ve made it dis far and in one piece!!! we left peru last week for the sunnier climate of chile and we were not disappointed. its funny cause everyone we have met had told us chile was crap and stay away for as long as poss but it has turned out to be one of our fav places so far!! after leavin Arequipa we took 3 different buses and god nos how many hrs later eventually arrived into Iquique in norhtern chile! from the get go we new dat we were goin to like it der! our 4 bed dorm ended up having a...

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Helen´s Travels

Apr 26, 2008 - Santiago to La Serena

We were only in La Serena for a couple of days, which was enough to lie on the beach and visit the Elqui Valley - home to Chilean Pisco and Chile´s numerous observatories. Unfortunately in the usually cloudless skies of La Serena it was incredibly cloudy and we couldn´t go to the observatory, but thankfully we were able to still able to sample some of the region´s Pisco on our valley tour. We also got to see first hand the bugs that are to thank for most of the world´s red dye- which are cactus parasites... so next time you apply that red...

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Feb 20, 2008 - Vicuña

From La Serena (a pleasant coastal town) we travelled to Vicuña in the Elqui Valley to do some star gazing. Visited the Mamalluca observatory for an evening tour. Great views of Saturn, Mars, the Orion Nebula and the total eclipse of the moon that by coincidence happened to be on the same evening - fantastic. Also paid a visit to the Capel Pisco Distillery to see how the quite tasty spirit is made. Particularly enjoyed the pisco tasting at the end of the tour.

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Jan 19, 2008 - Coquimbo, Chile

1/19 - 1/20 After another day at sea we arrived at the commercial port city of Coquimbo, Chile. The European-flavored city is squished between the water and a hill. All the commercial buildings are located near the water and most of the residences are stacked up on the hill with a a great number of stairways leading up the homes. We had a great walk around town checking out the large supermarket, meat stores, bakeries and the many fish stores.

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Nov 1, 2007 - la serena

arrived in la serena about 8am - a bit earlier than but i think we were all delighted to get off that bus! had reservations for maria casa which was close to the station so we walked over. it was too early to check in but maria made us some breakfast while we waited. its a family run hostel with a cobblers attached! had a wander around the town centre that day. my rucksack had just about given up after the last journey so went to a shopping centre later on to look for a new one. luckily there were some on sale! bought groceries and made...

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Leahs Lallygag

Jul 9, 2007 - La Serena

La Serena was a really lovely city, so it was a shame that we were staying in such a scummy hostal. The beach was gorgeous although far too cold to go swimming in the sea (saying that, two of my group did actually go in!) Had an excellent few days here. On the first day once we'd settled into the hostal as much as possible (it was absolutely freezing and everything smelt of toilet) we set off into the town centre. There were the usual pretty plaza's and lots of nice cobbled streets to look around. La Serena is really modern so we were...

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