Chile, moving from south to north as I generally did.

Punta Arenas

The town looks much nicer from above than it does at ground level.

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The pushy old woman whose house I stayed at insisted that they had a better cemetary than Buenos Aires. I was skeptical, but after reviewing the pictures I'll have to agree that she was right.

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Torres del Paine

We did 3 days of hiking in Los Torres del Paine (The Towers of Paine, so named after rock structures there). Weather ranged from beauriful to miserable within a few hours. The aphorism is that you experience all 4 seasons in a day, and it's definitely true.

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The view out the window of one of our refugios.

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Avalanche! This came crashing down as we were hiking along. Quictime required.

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Puerto Vayas

A very nice little town. View of the water and out my window of my hostel.

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Valdivia

Some wildlife. First, lazy sea lions, next scared sheep, and finally, there isn't any scale on this picture, but this thing was about a yard across.

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Santiago

As the palm trees indicated, I was happy to get back to the warmth. This is Neptune's fountain, in the middle of a park in the middle of the city.

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I was not making it up that Santiago has a smog problem. In the second picture, you can just make out the Andes a few miles away. In the third, you can see the strata that makes the sun rise twice - ones you get above the valley floor, it clears up nicely.

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A helping hand from the Virgin Mary that overlooks the city. I dunno if it is as large as the Jesus overlooking Rio, but it is big.

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San Pedro de Atacama

There is nothing but dirt and rocks for hundreds of miles from San Pedro. However, the water here provides a nice oasis that you can see here. Ignore the Swiss / Turk, he was my roommate for a few days.

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The pre-Incan ruins just outside the city.

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Sandboarding in the Atacama.

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Death Valley, Chilean style, so named not for the temperature but all the indians that go killed there.

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The incomparable Valley of the Moon at sunset.

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Iquique

The city itself was less than impressive, but it's not so bad when seen from the air. Ignore the Chilean man strapped to my back.

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A brief movie of gliding along. Sorry for the fingers in the frames, but not dropping the camera was a high priority. Quicktime required again.

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