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Dec 8, 2016 - Le Pacific et les déserts du Chili

Bonjour à Tous, Comme le titre l'indique, la route (carratera ou camina) 5 qui est La Pan Américaine. Soit la route principal qui traverse le pays et de fait presque tout le continent. En raison des Andes et ses hauts sommets cette autoroute se promène des déserts à la mer. Ce qui en vélo oblige à déployer bien des efforts pour remonter dans le désert d'Atacama et souvent pour regagner la côté, spécialement en fin journée avec des vents fort. Par contre, je n'ai pas connu de vent aussi fort que lors de ma premier entré sur le Pacific. Pas...

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Mar 3, 2009 - Copiapo

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD It’s amazing how one’s expectations of a place colour how it looks when you first arrive. Like so many cities in the world, the area around the bus station was nothing short of ugly. We walked the several blocks to the hotel we had booked and were dismayed to find a somewhat shabby motel with disgusting carpets on the floor. We used the excuse that i have allergies to things that live in carpets, and asked to leave our suitcases at the hotel while we went in search for another place to stay. I am thankful Anil...

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Feb 10, 2009 - Du karate a Copiapó

La route continue toujours vers le nord. Nous atteigons sans probleme la ville de Copiapo, ou nous avons une connaissance rencontrée au stage de karate a Villarrica (dossier 33). Mauricio nous propose tout de suite de loger dans son petit dojo, avec salle de bain a disposition. Manu participe au cours de karate des jeunes. Le jour suivant nous nous rendons sur une plage magnifique de sable blanc et eau turquoise et nous goutons quelques specialites locales. Mauricio est prof de karate mais aussi d'aerobox, un genre de gymnastique avec...

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Oct 31, 2008 - More of Chile

After leaving our new friends Ivan & Silvia, we headed North into Chile. At this point, we are officially on the PanAmerican Highway! YEA!! One of the things we've enjoyed seeing is the different plant life along the road. In Paraguay, we were almost over spring and into summer. Here in Chile, spring is just beginning. There are lots of avocados & artichokes growing - it reminds us of California. In Argentina & Chile, there are lots of grapes. Sometimes there are fields of grapes as far as you can see. We traveled from La Calera to La...

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Jul 13, 2008 - San Pedro De Atacama

We boarded the bus to San Pedro de Atacama which was a 24-hour bus drive. We will spare you the gory details of such a trip but suffice to say it was like being on a plane to Australia without the jetlag. We decided to pay extra in order to get a seat that would fold down to a complete bed. This proved to be an absolute godsend and we were very happy after 24 hours of travelling to still be able to function at 2500 metres altitude when we arrived at San Pedro de Atacama. Our host met us at the bus terminal. First impressions, landscape...

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Apr 23, 2008 - San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

Another truly beautiful area. We arrived here yesterday after a 10-hr bus ride with no vegetarian food unfortunately! Luckily we stopped at the border where I managed to get a cheese empanada (the local food....kind of similar to a pasty). The town is so tiny, you can walk across in 10 minutes or less from one dusty track to the other side. No cars, or very few, lots of backpackers and people selling tours, all buildings on one level! Today we had to get up at 4am to see a tour of the geysers at sunrise, was AMAZING! but freezing cold,...

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South America baby!

Jun 6, 2007 - Chile - Caldera and Bahia Inglesa

We had heard that Caldera and Bahia Inglesa had gorgious beaches and fantastic seafood restaurants so we decided to make the effort to stop here for a day or two. From San Pedro it is an 11 hour journey via Calama to the port town of Caldera. Setting off at 8am we arrived in Caldera at 8pm and set off to find a hostel for the night. After being asked to pay $50 at the first hostel we set about finding the budget option and a bit of a dump listed in the Lonely Planet for $34. It was a shocker of a room. Cut in half with paper thin walls...

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Apr 10, 2007 - Cadera & La Bahia Inglesa

I arrived early in the morning, it was around 8am. I went to call the hotel recommended in my guide. They had a room free. I said that I was going to arrive soon, and the woman said that was ok. I hadn't realized that I was standing just opposite of the hostel, so I went up and down the road asking people where the hostel would be. I managed to find it though.... I was given a room in the back yard, it wasn't luxury but I didn't care, it was cheap. I was only gonna stay there for one night anyway. After organizing myself I went out to the...

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Jan 15, 2007 - Bahía Inglesa

After a reasonably long journey I arrived in Caldera, where I took a taxi to Bahia Inglesa. The taxi driver totally overcharged me, as I only had to pay half of the price when I went back to Caldera. Bahia Inglesa is said by many to be the most beautiful beach in Chile. Personally, I did not see it as such, but obviously there are more beaches around, which I did not manage to reach as I was with my backpack and nobody, nowhere, was willing to keep it for me while I went out exploring, so my exploring was limited to the sole beach that is...

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Mar 10, 2006 - BAHIA INGLESA - Chile / English at bottom

Am letzten Abend in La Serena habe ich noch Anne und Sergej ein Deutsches Paerchen aus Muenchen kennengelernt, welche zufaellig am naechsten Tag auch vor hatten in das 6 Stunden entfernte Bahia Inglesa zu reisen. Im Reisefuehrer als Geheimtip fuer den schoensten Strand an Chiles Kueste angepriesen, war ich ja ganz schoen gespannt, was mich dort erwarten sollte. Bahia Inglesa liegt im Staat Atacama, der so gut wie nur aus Wueste besteht. Caldera ist der naechst "groessere" Ort mit Busbahnhof und liegt 6km noerdlich von Bahia Inglesa und...

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KARIN GOES FAR

Feb 21, 2006 - Copiapo, Chile

So, we are here in Copiapo. Its pretty much in the middle of the desert. Yesterday, we drove 5 hours on bus, through the Atacama Dessert, and there was a whole bunch of NOTHING. But on Friday, Alex and I are going to head out to Laguna Verde, and I will try to post some pictures. Gotta run. Ryan

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Jan 8, 2006 - The long bus journey south

We had already done a monster of a bus journey all the way north from Santiago a month ago, now it was time to go back down again. This time we decided to stop 22 hours down the line at La Serena. We went back down with the same company but we didn't have quite as good an experience as last time. After about an hour the air conditioning started leaking over Anna's head and some 6 hours later a waterfall erupted over her. The films were poor, we got fed at stupid times and the staff weren't as good. We had to change buses in the middle of...

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