Happy Holidays from Valdivia, Puerto Varas and Frutillar

Volcano Osorno

The Lakes District in Chile is located in the Southern Chile. Here, many National Parks and volcanoes tend to slow down tourists on their journey down to Patagonia further south. The sights and small towns are sometimes spectacular and are begging for a nights’ stop. One of these places is Valdivia where I arrived after a short bus ride from Pucón.

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Among the swells at Easter Island, Rapa Nui

Quarry at Rano Raraku

Reading countless books about 16th and 17th century sea expeditions, I became inevitably drawn into the mystic and spellbinding history about one of the planet’s most isolated place: Easter Island. Visiting Rapa Nui (the Polynesian name of the island) was very high on my short list of places to see during my journey. In fact, I came to realize that the round-the-world trip probably was just an excuse and a construction to justify coming here. An island which is otherwise so much out of the way from Europe. Still, I had to go to great lengths and persistence to find the best deal for an airline ticket including Rapa Nui as stopover.

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