Travel Blog for Fredrik and Gunnhild

2010 Chile, Easter Island, Argentina autumn

Plans for Easter Island, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay

Plans for Easter Island, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay

This time it is only Fredrik that are traveling. This is an organized trip where everything are booked through a travel agent.

I am a bit worried about traveling like this with no room for staying a day longer or changing plans if I don’t like it. But I guess that it will be fine.

We will fly in to Santiago, Chile in the morning and spend the day there. Next day we will fly out to Easter Island (a five and a half hour flight) where we will stay for three days. Easter Island is one of the world’s most isolated inhabited island in the world. We will fly back to Santiago and from there take a buss over the Andes, to Mendoza, Argentina. Where we will stay for two days. From Mendoza we will fly to Buenos Aires. We will stay in Buenos Aires for three days, where one of the days will be used for a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. The two days left we will be out on the pampas relaxing on a country estate.

Moai

Packed and ready!

I have packed everything I need (I think), and are ready for my trip. The only problem are that the plane are scheduled in 5 hours. I want to leave now! 🙂

The weather forecast for Santiago are not great but it looks like I will have fine weather when I get to Easter Island.

I have added a new type of map on the page.

This will update through the trip so it will be possible to see on the map where I am.

You can see it here

Destination Arrival
1 Santiago, Chile 18 November, 2010
2 Easter Island, Chile 19 November, 2010
3 Santiago, Chile 22 November, 2010
4 Mendoza, Argentina 24 November, 2010
5 Buenos Aires, Argentina 26 November, 2010
6 Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay 29 November, 2010
7 Buenos Aires, Argentina 30 November, 2010

You can always find this map under Trips -> Chile, Easter Island, Argentina autumn 2010 -> Autumn 2010 map

Santiago

After the long flight to Santiago we were looking for a shower at the hotel , but the rooms were not ready. So we started with a city tour, mostly with bus. But also a short walk in the city center. We had a great lunch with sea food.

We got a small extension on the tour where we drove by the national stadium, and our tour guide told us about how it was to live in Chile under the dictator ship time.

In the evening we had a great dinner where we presented our self to the group.

Now it is 0900 and we are waiting for our flight to Easter Island.

Ariving at Easter Island

We got up early in the morning to fly out to Easter Island. We arrived at airport 2 hours early to find out that our flight was one hour delayed.
No problem, some of us found the Diners lounge.
After a five hour flight we arrived at Easter Island, it was a lot warmer and more humidity than Santiago, Nice!

Our fist day was mostly free time, the fist thing we did was to go to the bar and have a beer, after a few more beers we decided to go swimming. The guesstimate was that the water was around 22-23 degrees Celsius, great! Next on the agenda was to go shopping for water and more to drink 🙂

We had a pre booked diner and continued after the diner to drink some more of what we shopped for earlier in the day.

Easter Island day one

Easter Island day one

I did forgot to change the clock on the phone, so I was up 2 hours to early 🙁
we had a schedule to start early so we could see the sites before it was crowded by other tourist (I like solutions like that).

We started our tour with a visit to a site that was not escalated by archaeologist, so it was more or less the same as when Captain Cook visited Easter Island 52 years after Jacob Roggeveen that discovered the island in 1722. All the statues was pushed over most of them face down but some of them faced up.

Our next stop was the quarry, all moai statues where carved out here and then moved around the Island by tree logs and other primitive equipment.
we used a long time on this site and saw a lot of moais, excavated and the ones that we only see the head of.
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When we were almost finish whit the quarry it started to rain, so we got a bit wet on the way up to the Vulcan crater where they also carved out statues. It was very hard to see anything because of the rain and the mist (you can’t win them all).

The last site before lunch was the amazing Ahu Tongariki witch are the biggest resaturated ahu (stone platforms with moais) on the island.
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After a very good lunch we went to the beach where Thor Heyerdahl stayed when he was at Easter Island. We looked on a smaller ahu and on a Moai that Thor Heyerdahl decided to rise whit a solution that involved stones, levers and ropes.

Then we had 30 minutes of free time, so most of us decided to have a swim in the Pacific, same temperature as last time, nice again 🙂

In the evening we had ordered a moai show with diner, we arrive early to see the ceremonial opening of the “oven”. Witch was a ditch in the ground where they put worm lava stones in first, then they rap the food in banana leaves and put the food on top of each other in layers. then they close the “oven” with dirt. After they had digged upp all our food, we went inside and had a lovely dinner (I am glad that we had salt on the table).

After dinner there was a show with some short stories and a lot off dancing (I was dragged up on stage to dance with one of the lovely ladies).

Easter Island day two

Easter Island day two

I got up at 0600 to find out that May Hege and Marianne had a taxi waiting to take them to Ahu Tongariki to see the sunrise. I grabbed my camera and joined them. When we arrived 20 minutes before sunrise it was raining, we staid in the car until it stopped raining (about 10 minutes before sunrise). but the sky did not clear so we had no sunrise at Ahu Tongariki 🙁 but we got some fun pictures!

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When we arrived back we had about half an hour to get ready for the sightseeing with the group. We had a short drive to a site named Ana Kai Tangata witch was a cave in a small bay. In the sealing of the cave we could see remains of paintings related to the birdmen cult.

From the bay we walked up the volcano Rano Kau. It was a good climb up and half the way it started raining. But we continued with a smile, it was worm and some rain can’t hurt anyone.

When we arrived at the top (GPS height at 284 meters) we looked down to the volcano and it was huge! It was starting to be at bit windy so some of the group got into a car to the next site, Orongo. The rest of us was walking on the volcano edge.
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The Orongo was a religious, social and political site, where the chosen one from each village came to live and to be part of a competition to find the leader of the island.
The competition was to snatch the first tern egg on Motu Nui (island south of the volcano). The leader of the village will then be the birdman for the next year.
It was raining hard and the wind was a bit to much from time to time, but I enjoyed the site 🙂

We were driven back to have lunch and then free time.
Some of us found a nice restaurant down by the harbor where we had some drinks and talked about all the amassing sites we had visited.

After dinner we had some beers before some of us decided to take a swim in the pacific (I think it was around 0300). This was the last night at Easter island so there were no reason to sleep before flying back to Santiago.

Santiago to Mendoza

Santiago to Mendoza

We got up early for our drive over the Andes to Mendoza.

We had some great views of the Andes with fresh snow on the peeks and no clouds in the sky at all. We where driving more or less directly to the Argentine border, with a few stops for stretching our legs and a short stop for lunch. The border passing took a bit more than an hour, that supposedly are fast 🙂

The longer we got into Argentina the less steep and more rounded the mountains were.

A few kilometers into Argentina we stopped by the Inca bridge. The Inca empire stretched down here from Peru. The mountains changed when we where driving longer into Argentina. they got less steep and more rounded.

Just before we where going onto the highway to Mendoza, we where told that there was a blockade on the highway so we had to take a longer way into Mendoza, of course when you get off the highway it is more to see 🙂 So I was happy about that.

We had a prepaid dinner at the hotel.

Mendoza

Mendoza

I needed some time to myself so I did skip the Mendoza city tour and had a late breakfast in the predestinate street of Mendoza.

After breakfast I went shopping since I found out thet I had left my shorts (probably on Easter Island). After buying a new shorts and shirt, it was time for lunch and I joined the group for that. We had lunch in a big park. I should probably known more about this park, but I did not attend the city tour, so I don’t.

After lunch it was free time again and I did not do much more than walking a bit around the city. In the evening we were picked up by the bus to take us to diner. We were driven out to the wine area, where there was a small restaurant which served rabbit or pork, of course I choose the rabbit 🙂 We had to order wine, so we got a very good bottle, and a slightly cheaper after we finished the first!

Next day we were bicycling in the wine area. Visiting three wine yards Catena Zapata, Tapiz and Norton.

At Norton we had a late lunch before we jumped on the bus back to Mendoza.

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Once again I doped out of the city tour. It was very hot and in the middle of the day when all the Argentines are having a siesta. Some of us decided to walk to one of the pedestrians streets close by and have a lunch. It was a big disappointment (tourist trap). The food was expensive and not very good.

In the evening we had dinner with the group and some of us continued on a night club close by the hotel.

The next day there was tango time 🙂 Since we was only 2 guys going to this, the girls had to dance together. First we learned how to walk tango. Then side steps and back and forward. The last we learned was how to dance tango in square.

Our trainers was professionals so they had a short show after we finished our training. We looked nothing like them 🙂

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After the tango we had free time again. It was Saturday and the shops were closing soon, so we had lunch and then walked a bit a round looking for leather jackets and other stuff that are cheep in Argentina. I found a very fine jacket but they did not have my size 🙁

In the evening we went to a tango show, first dinner, then show. The food was OK, and the glasses were never empty. The show was fine, I think this is something that everyone visiting Buenos Aires need to go to.

Last full day in Buenos Aires was a free day with nothing planed. We did go to a market in the street south of Plaza de Mayo. The street was filled with handicrafts, and as always it took time to walk down the street 🙂

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We meet some Norwegians, they were sailing for the second year. They had been in Buenos Aires for a while so we asked if they had a good restaurant that we could fine good wine and good beef. Of course they did!

So we had a great dinner with great wine! after we finished our meal, we were asked if we wanted to visit the wine cellar. So we went down and they had about 900 different types of Argentine wine!! We ended up buying some wine to bring home 🙂

Colonia de Sacramento

Colonia de Sacramento

To get to Colonia de Sacramento we had to take a boat over the river, yes it is a river with fresh water. The boat trip took about one hour. When we arrived in Uruguay, we were picked up by a bus and had a drive around the area.

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After about an hour in the bus we left the bus and start walking around the city. It was not to hot and we had a pleasant tour before lunch.

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We left lunch before desert to have more time walking around in this small city. Again there was a bit of shopping involved, but I not to much!

We took the boat back and we got a three mounts tourist visa for Argentina (supposedly this is what Norwegian sailors do if they have more than three mounts off in Argentina).

In the evening I had a great seafood dinner. Some of us even went to a night club and did not leave before the the lights came on 🙂

Pampas – La Concepcion

Pampas – La Concepcion

The last day we drove up to the pampas.

First we visited the “meat factory” where they breeded cows to sell as meat. They bought them when they where about a year old, and then feed them to be big enough to sell.

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After the “meat factory” we left for the main house of the farm where we should be staying for the rest of our time in Argentina.

We where met by a fantastic house with a fantastic garden. We got our rooms and then we had lunch on the patio. Before we finished lunch the owner of La Concepcion told us the story of the family.

After lunch we went to the swimming pool to cool off. With white wine and temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius this was just great!

The dinner was a classic barbecue, great food, good wine and very good company this was a perfect last night!

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In the morning May Hege, Marianne and me got up with the sun to walk around the premises to take pictures. It was a fine walk before breakfast. After breakfast we had free time before lunch, some of us relaxed at the patio others by the pool. No stress at all!

La Concepcion was a perfect end to a perfect vacation!