Central- and Southamerica 2018

Created: May 02, 2018

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2018-03-21 - 2018-06-17 | 88 day(s)

From Costa Rica to Chile and back :-)



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I did the free walking tour which was very nice. Would recommend that to everyone. But there is not much more to do there, except of some museums.

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San José
San José

San José is the capitol of Costa Rica - not very beautiful but worth a closer look

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Stop # 2

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If you have the time, don't miss Corcovado NP. It's very beautiful, located next to the ocean and lots of animals.

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Stop # 3

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Nice beach, beautiful little waterfall and a Sandbank formed like the tail of a whale... Sounds unspectacular, but I loved it

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Uvita
The whales tail

Beautiful spot...special feeling standing on the sandbank with waves breaking on the left- and righthand side close to you

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Stop # 4

Other
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Had some spanish lessons in Samara for two weeks. Fell in love with this place. You can enjoy life there.

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Stop # 5

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Not much to do there. For me it was just a short stop on my way to Nicaragua.

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Stop # 6

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Island in the Lake Cocibolca with two volcanoes. Great spot! Enjoyed my stay there!

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Balgüe
Volcano Maderas

We climbed that volcano through the cloudforest. Beautiful trek with a nice view on the craterlake. Worth it but really steep and slippery, so be prepared if you want to do it.

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Stop # 7

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Beautiful buildings from the colonial time and nice atmosphere there. Located by the lake, which makes it even nicer.

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Granada
Granada

Granada is a very nice city with a lot of beautiful buildings from the colonial time. It's not big, but you can just slow down here and enjoy life. And don't miss to have some closer looks at the inner yards of the buildings. You will like it.

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Stop # 8

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Nice beach for surfing, but not much more to do there. Loved the sunsets there thou.

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Playa Maderas
Sunset

Really gorgeous sunsets there and a perfect spot to go surfing. But not much more and quite expensiv for being part of Nica

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Stop # 9

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Partytown where all the surfers meet. It has nice places to be even though you don't want to hang in a bar all day long.

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Stop # 10

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A place where familys spend their holidays. So I was happy just to be there for two nights. But I made the best of it. Very expensiv and touristic

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Playa Hermosa
Playa Penca

After a one hour walk to the rock you reach Playa Penca which is much more beautiful than Playa Hermosa. But there are no stores or anything. I was completely alone for almost an hour. Sooo nice! And totally worth the one hour hike up the rock. Much better than the large beach with loads of tourists.

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Stop # 11

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Third time for me in San José. My flight to Chile started from here, so I had to come back. See the glott to see what I did this time ;-)

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Irazú
Volcano Irazu

The volcano Irazu is close to San José and you can get there by a public bus. Nice spot and gorgeous coloured craterlakes. If the weather is good (no clouds) you can see both oceans, Atlantic and pacific, from the peak. I didn't because it was to cloudy. Entrance fee is 16$ and a little bit to much, but it's really nice up there.

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Stop # 12

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You can explore Santiago in one day. Not much to do and no beautiful city. But even though worth to spend a day there.

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Santiago
Smog City

When you climb up a little bit you can see the mountains which are surounding the City. Nice view and probably the best to do in Santiago. You have the view from Cerro San Cristobal. You can get there by cablecar or, what I always prefer if it's possible, walk up the hill. Try to go there on a weekday otherwise it's pretty crowded.

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Stop # 13

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If you head to this part of Chile, stay at Puerto Varas. It's pretty nice, not like Puerto Montt where I stayed :-P

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Petrohue
Amazing

From Puerto Montt I made a daytrip to Petrohue from where you can have a nice view to the volcano Osorno. I had really good luck because the weather was fantastic. So I had a great day in Petrohue and the nearby waterfalls. Easy to get there by public Busses.

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Stop # 14

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Capitol of Chiloé, the biggest Island of Chile. Nice landscape and some mysthic stories...

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Cucao
Nice spot at Chiloé

At the pacific coast of the island is the entrance of the national parc which I didn't visit. But I have to the nearby Muelle de las Almas. Really beautiful spot at the rough coast. Nice views over the ocean, the coast and endless forest. Do that instead of the national parc when you are on the island.

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Stop # 15

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Pucón is one of the touristic centers of Chile. You can do a lot of outdoor stuff like canyoning or rafting in summer... Now it's to cold for that

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Los Ojos del Caburgua
Los Ojos de Caburgua

I went there by bike and get to the Ojos de Caburgua next to the road. Because of the low season there weren't a lot of people there. So I could enjoy this beautiful spot. You can walk around to some viewpoints and really explore this place. Enjoyed my hour there.

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Huerquehue National Park
Huerquehue Nationalpark

There are some trails at Huerquehue Nationalpark but unfortunately most of them are closed at the moment. If you go there you have to do the Sendero San Sebastian and tell me about it. ? I did the Los Lagos-Trek which was nice but not really spectacular. Some nice viewpoints, nice spots at the lake and a beautiful landscape are good arguments to do that trek. So I had a nice day in the Parc.

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Second time in Santiago, these time with two friends visiting the city... Still not more to do. But the weather is better this time :-)

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Santiago
Plaza de Armas

One of the most interesting spots in Santiago is the Plaza de Armas. You can sit there for hours and just observe the people around. Also it's the starting point to other places to visit in Santiago.

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Stop # 17

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Valparaiso is like a big museum of street art. It is built on several hills which all have different kind of street art. Very interesting City!

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Valparaíso
Street Art

Valparaiso is a really interesting and kreative city. You can explore so much by walking around and because it's built on several hills you have a lot of nice viewpoints there. And don't miss to go up with one of the funiculars which are cheap and a great way to get up the hills.

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Nice town in the Atacama Desert. Very touristic, all the tour agencies have their office here, but it's a nice place.

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San Pedro de Atacama
Valle de la Luna

There are a lot of things to do in the Atacama Desert. One of the popular sites is the Valle de la Luna. You can go there on your own or with a tour. Also you have an amazing sky full of stars at night. It's just awesome! Also it's the starting point for tours to the Uyuni Saltflat in Bolivia. We did the tour in three days and it was just great. Just have a Look at the following glott ?

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Obviously you won't stay two nights in Uyuni but I did a tour from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni.

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Laguna Colorada
Laguna Colorada

One stop of the tour was at the laguna colorada. As you can see is the water red and it has many flamingos there. It left us all stunning. But to be honest, the whole tour is a Highlight. One of the best things I've done so far during my trip.

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Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni

The biggest saltflat in the World and also just amazing. You can spent hours taking pictures and try to realize how spectacular this place is. The picture is from one of the 28 islands in the flat which was a lake millions of years ago. Fantastic spot!

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Stop # 20

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Very interesting City especially because it is located between the mountains of the Andes. Could have spent one or two days more in La Paz.

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La Paz
Sightseeing by telefericos

The best way to explore La Paz is taking the telefericos and get a lot of different impressions of the city. We did a whole city tour by using five telefericos. It was fun, cheap and you can discover the city from a different but exciting perspektive.

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Stop # 21

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Lago Titicaca is really special. You feel like being at the Adria in Southern Europe instead of Southamerica in an altitude of 4.000 m

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Municipio Copacabana
La Isla del Sol

La isla del sol is an Island in the Lake Titicaca. Very beautiful place without cars or any motorized vehicle. You can find Lamas and Alpacas there but feel like being in Southern Europe. You can do some hikes and find a lot of great viewpoints which made me took about 200 pics ?

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Cusco was the capital of the inkan empire. Therefore there are many sites around the city to visit. Most famous Inka site around Cusco is Machu Picchu

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Cusco
Cusco from above

Cusco is located in the Andes on an Altitud of aprox 3.300 m. We climbed up some stairs to the church of San Cristobal and had that nice view over the city. Cusco is a very beautiful city but there are for sure a lot of tourists and a lot more people who wants to sell you stuff.

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Ollantaytambo
Inka City Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo was one of the most important citys of the Inka Empire because the city resits the spanish conquerors for a long time. The ruins of Ollataytambo are very interesting and you have a lot of nice viewpoints in different valleys. A visit is really worth every Cent when you're in the region.

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Aguas Calientes
Machu Picchu - just impressive

At the end of a four-day-Trek I arrived at Machu Picchu Pueblo. The next day I climbed up the 1700 stairs to Machu Picchu in the rain. But as you can see Machu Picchu is still impressive even when you're wet and tired. Unbelieveble architecture in a stunning landscape. I spent several hours there exploring the city... Just beautiful!

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Arequipa is a beautiful city in the Andes surrounded by Volcanoes. Also it's the second biggest city in Peru.

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Colca-Tal
Colca Canyon

The Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon of the world and far deeper than the Grand Canyon. You can do some hiking there, enjoy the Hot springs and observe the majestic flights of the Andean Condor.

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Nice oasis in the peruvian Desert surrounded by big dunes. Perfect to climb up and run down in the Sand.

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Huacachina
Buggytime

Best thing you can do in Huacachina is a tour with a buggy and sandboarding. It's just so much fun driving through the Desert like crazy. And going down a 80 m-dune on a small wodden board is just amazing.

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Finally I'm back at the pacific coast. Paracas is a quiet town famous for the Islas Ballestas where you can see sealions, penguins and many birds

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Paracas
Just chillin'

Paracas is a nice and quiet town at the pacific coast. You can do a tour with a boat to the Islas Ballestas where you can see a lot of birds, sealions and penguins. You can also visit the National Reserve where you have nice beaches and a beautiful landscape. Perfect place to calm down and chill for some time

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Lima is the capital of Peru and known for its shitty weather.