We have been amazed in Argentina, unsure of Uruguay, chilled out in Chile and blown away by Bolivia. Read our South America Highlights and Lowlights here.
While Valparaiso can’t beat Santiago’s graffiti in terms of quality, it certainly beats it in quantity. If only all towns were this colourful and cheerful!
The original plan to visit Valparaiso for the day, during our first stay in Santiago, had been put on hold following the terrible fires that had hit the city. Later called the Great Fire, at least 2,500 homes were destroyed, leaving 11,000 homeless, with the city being declared a disaster zone. When we were looking to […]
One of the highlights during our time in Santiago was the street art we found one morning wandering through Barrio Brasil. Buenos Aires is famous for it’s street art, but we were much more impressed with Santiago, which had some the best street art we’d seen on our trip so far. Below are some of […]
The museum in Rapa Nui welcomes you with the following message: ‘No museum could recreate physically everything that happened in Rapa Nui. Therefore, your imagination is needed to complete our vision of the development of this society’. There are more questions than answers in Rapa Nui, so the better your imagination, the more you’ll enjoy […]
Rapa Nui is a small island and you can easily drive around the whole island in a day. We spent the day traversing the island and as well as visiting the beaches and some smaller sites, we spent the morning getting to know the Moai better – spending sunrise in their presence and then visiting the quarry where the Moai are born.
We jumped at the oppurtunity to spend an organised day with the local national park office in a recuperation zone on the island. The day didn’t quite go to plan, perhaps lost in translation, but we dug in and survived to tell the tale.
We started the day early with a taxi ride to Ahu Akivi for our visit to see the Moai statues in all their glory, and what a first impression they made standing on a raised rock platform called an Ahu, high above the ground. The statues at Ahu Akivi look out over the Pacific Ocean […]
Setting off on a beautiful sunny morning, our first day on the island we were hiking up the hillside to see the crater lake of Rano Kau and the ceremonial village of Orongo. The swells were still huge, and as we left the hostel for our walk, we saw a large number of the local […]
Despite the 4.30am alarm, we woke up excited. It was Easter Monday and we were off to Easter Island! Easter Island is one of the most isolated inhabited places in the world. The closest inhabited island is Pitcairn (boasting a huge population of 50 people) almost 2,000kms away. Tahiti is 4,100kms away and it’s 3,700km […]