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Good location in between the city centre and bus station. Very clean. Really comfortable, modern, en-suite double room. Good breakfast. Pleasant patio common area. Given your own key for the front door...generally felt very secure.
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... of it's notoriety for the many space observatories there.
There are only 7 places in the world where you can see the sky perfectly at night, and Vicuņa is one of them, so that evening we visited an amazing observatory in the mountains.
I think it's fair to say that I ...
... The trip was scenic meandering up the valley and took just over an hour. Lots of dead looking grapevines. There's an icy cold looking river that goes the full length of the valley as well as a large man made dam. Their irrigation systems look quite extraordinary - pumping water to the top of the mountains which then gravity feed back to the bottom. On arrival to Vicuna we ...
... roads were much more developed than Peru or Bolivia and significantly straighter. Going through very developed towns and cities like Vina del Mar. We arrived into Valparaiso in the evening and caught up on some sleep before exploring the next day.
25th May 2014
A delightful lie in after lots of travelling we got ourselves ready for the free walking tour. A lovely morning breakfast of fresh fruit courtesy of the hostel. We enjoyed lunch at a local ...
... just how long these would take to arrive. 45 minutes later the cheese and seafood empanadas were delicious but unfortunately we wanted a second one fooling ourselves that as the oil was hot the next lot must arrive faster. Sadly no. We had a relaxed evening in the hostel. Some of us made it to Gabriel mistrals house, some of us didn't... we then had a swim and a light dinner of toasted cheese sandwiches and salad in a summer house over looking the garden. ...
... for our telescope. Instead of filling a dewer with liquid nitrogen, they have tubes that run the liquid nitrogen to the camera, then it comes back to the cooling system and gets cooled again. They recycle the liquid nitrogen, which is pretty awesome! They also showed us the DEC calibration room, which was neat, and showed us the optics they use.
We watched the sun set again tonight, and there was a slight green ...