30. 12. 2013
The Hills of Valparaiso

Wandering around Valparaiso

There are few things I enjoy more than wandering around interesting places, camera in hand, and Valparaiso is one of the most visually interesting places I’ve visited — paradise for curious photographers. Also,...

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29. 12. 2013
Sandboarding in the Atacama Desert

Who needs snow?

After two days of mountain biking and a late night stargazing excursion in the desert, we decided to haul ourselves out of bed and tackle one more activity in San Pedro de Atacama...

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28. 12. 2013
Jen floating in Laguna Cejar

The saltiest water on Earth

I didn’t expect to find water in the Atacma Desert, reputedly the driest place on our planet, so it was a bit of a surprise to spend the bulk of December 28 riding...

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27. 12. 2013
Entering Devil's Canyon

Stumbling on Incas

After refueling following our morning ride through Valle de la Luna, we saddled up again and headed out of San Pedro de Atacama with Leo to the Catarpa Valley for a mountain bike...

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27. 12. 2013

Mountain biking on the Moon

Jen, Clark, and I woke up early on December 27 and met Leo and Walter from Rutas Andinas for a mountain bike ride through the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon)....

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25. 12. 2013
Abandoned schoolhouse in Humberstone, Chile

Chilean ghost towns

I am a total sucker for urban ruins and abandoned places, so I was very excited to spend December 25 exploring two fascinating spots in the Chilean desert. Northern Chile has long had...

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23. 12. 2013
After surfing Playa Chinchorro

Finding peace in the swells of Playa Chinchorro

I have long wanted to surf. In fact, that’s one of the reasons we found ourselves in Arica for a few days at the start of the trip. The surfing in Arica is...

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21. 12. 2013
Overhead view of Arica beaches

Relaxing and Exploring Arica

Arica is Chile’s northernmost city, a legacy of the War of the Pacific. The town is perfectly situated along several nice stretches of beach, and the ocean is as warm here as it...

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