stairmaster by the sea

Ah Valparaiso, quaint little fishing village by the sea. Or so I thought when I booked it. I don’t know how I could have been so wrong. I really need to start paying more attention to the guidebooks. We drove into a huge crowded city that sprawls up very steep hills from the ocean like…

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the last leg

The actual physical border between Argentina and Chile is in the middle of Christ the Redeemer tunnel. The tunnel is 3km long. When it was built in 1980 it shortened the drive by 10 km, lowered the elevation by 600 m and eliminated 65 switchbacks. Even with the tunnel, getting through the pass in the…

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paso los libertadores

We left Mendoza at a civilized 10 am for our 421 k drive. According to Google maps it should take about 5 ½ hours. I called Bart, our airbnb host in Valparaiso and told him we’d be arriving around 4. After all there are not many things to stop and see along the way. He…

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good-bye margaritas

Move over margaritas, I have a new favorite cocktail! The mighty Pisco Sour. Tart, sweet, strong and awfully yummy. Invented by American Victor Vaughen Morris at his Morris’s Bar in Lima, Peru around 1920. We found them served everywhere. The Spanish did not travel light when they came to South America. Along with cows they…

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