Posts Tagged ‘Valparaiso’

Chilean Earthquake Impact

February 27th, 2010 at 9:37 am (AST) by Jake Richter

We’ve received some e-mails from our readers asking whether we are impacted at all by the massive earthquake (8.8 on the Richter Scale – no relation) that hit Chile early this morning and caused loss of life and lots of damage in Santiago, Valparaiso, and other places we recently visited. The earthquake also generated a sizable tsunami – large enough to cause tsunami warnings from Antarctica to Australia.

We’re able to report that we are east of the Falklands at the present, which also puts us east of Argentina and the other side of South America from Chile, so the earthquake and tsunami are not affecting our ship in any way.

Whether the earthquake and tsunami will impact our travels at the end of next week remains to be seen, however, as we were to return to Santiago next Thursday, and then go on to Easter Island on Friday (and Easter Island is due west of the Chilean coast).

More importantly, our hearts and hopes are with those in Chile affected by this horrible natural disaster. We especially hope that all the new friends and acquaintances we made in Chile a couple of weeks ago are okay.

 

To Valparaiso and Back, and Thence To Ushuaia

February 11th, 2010 at 12:27 am (AST) by Jake Richter

I finally managed to review, select, and tweak my picks from my photos of our overnight trip to Valparaiso, Chile, but have not yet had a chance to add titles or keywords to them.

If you would like to look at the pictures, visit my Flickr photoset for the trip. Warning – there are 247 images to review, so it might take a while.

If you would like to see where most of these pictures were taken, visit here.

At the end of Wednesday (yesterday at this point), we attended a cocktail reception and then had dinner with most of the 150 or so passengers on the National Geographic Explorer. It’s been a pleasant surprise finding that we know several of the crew from past Lindblad trips as well as more than a handful of our fellow passengers (four from a trip to Morocco in Spring 2008, and another couple from the recent National Geographic Grosvenor Council weekend we attended in Washington, D.C., in late November).

It’s now past 1am and I need to be up by 5:15am to help get the kids ready to leave the hotel. Our bus for the airport leaves at 7am, and we should be in Ushuaia by 12:30pm Argentina time. Our luggage has already been picked up from outside our rooms (we had to have it out at 10pm).

Our next post will in all probability be from aboard the Explorer, once we have access to a stable Internet connection.

 

GPS Tracking – Valparaiso to Santiago via Viña Del Mar

February 10th, 2010 at 4:46 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

After a stay at the wonderful boutique hotel, Casa Higueres, in Valparaiso, we toured more of the city, as well as the resort area of Viña Del Mar. We also spent an hour in the Museo Fonck, which had a great blend of Chilean, Easter Island, and South American cultural and natural history. We’re now back in Santiago and about to have our introductory cocktail reception for the Lindblad Expedition to the Antarctic with a hundred-plus other adventure seekers.

Far less pictures today (don’t have the count yet). Hope to post some pictures from our last two day via Flickr tonight, however.

Our GPS track for today is below:

 

GPS Tracking – Santiago to Valparaiso

February 9th, 2010 at 7:05 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

It’s been a long day, going from Santiago to Valparaiso, hitting a couple vineyards along the way, having a nice, long seafood lunch, and exploring the hilly streets of Valparaiso. Between Krystyana and I we took 760 photos. Not sure if we’ll be able to suitably thing those down to a manageable number tonight. We’re pretty beat.

For now, the GPS track for today: