Viaje a Chiloé

In April I traveled to Chiloe. I arrived on a Friday morning with my program. We went to get lunch and went hiking around the one of the beaches. Chiloé is in southern Chile, so the temperatures are much cooler on the island.

Pictures from the hikes on the beaches:

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Day 2 in Chiloe we participated in workshops. I went hiking in the woods and learned about all of the native plants here in Chiloe. During the workshop, I was able to create jewelry using pieces of wood. We also took a tour of the workshop where they create ceramic jars and tables made of wood. The second part of the day I went and took a tour of a farm. Both of these experiences were amazing and I learned so much about Chile during both workshops.

Pictures of the workshops:

 

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Day 3 in Chiloe we took a tour of parque nacional de chiloe. We saw more native plants and trees and then had free time in the feria where we could buy a lot of hand made sweaters and jewelry and many other items. Chiloe was fantastic and I would love to go back!

More Pictures from Chiloe:

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chiloe 13  Another picture from the beach!

chiloe 3  View from the Feria

 

chiloe 4 View at El Parque Nacional

I cannot believe I only have about two more months left! Time in Chile has gone by sooo fast! I am going to miss this place. More pictures to come!

-V. Miranda Wilson

First week in Chile

I have officially spent one week in Chile!! I can hardly believe it. This country is amazing and I have been learning so much. My very first day in Chile I went for a walk with my home stay family around our neighborhood. Right down the street from where I am staying there is a super market and a store that is operated by Walmart called Líder. There is also a big park where I saw two soccer games going on. (Soccer is HUGE here!) The park is called Parque Inés de Suárez.

During Orientation this past week I had the opportunity the Santiago area. In Santiago Centro I visited the Catedral y Museo Historico Nacional de Chile. Both were wonderful. The Catedral is beautiful and the architecture is really something worth seeing. In el museo nacional I learned some of the history of Chile and about the indigenous groups that have lived here. Santiago Centro also has many parks like most of Chile. The parks are always filled with people. It’s a great place to walk and catch up with friends or even a nice place to study.

Saturday I went to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar which is about an hour and a half away from Santiago. In Valparaiso, I visited  one of the three houses that Pablo Neruda lived in. The view in his house is incredible. You can look out the window on the top floor of the house and see the ocean. I wouldn’t mind waking up to that! In Viña, I had the chance to go to the beach. It was pretty windy so I did not swim, but I did walk in the sand with some friends. I also found some sea glass to add to my collection!

Sunday I climbed Cerro Santa Lucia y Cerro San Cristobal. San Cristobal was a very LONG hike, but it was so worth it. The view at the very top was incredible. You could look out and see all of Santiago and more mountains.

My favorite part of Chile so far…The View! I love seeing mountains everyday.

Pictures:

Parque  Inés de Suárez

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La Plaza de Aviación

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Catedral

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La casa de Pablo Neruda. (La Sebastiana)

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Viña del Mar

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Cerro San Cristobal (Virgin Mary)

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View at the top of San Cristobal

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More to come!

Chao,

V. Miranda Wilson

First Entry

I cannot believe I will be in South America soon!! It seems like a dream still. From the end of February until July I will be exploring Santiago, Chile. During my trip I plan on visiting many different cities in Chile and I also hope that I can take a trip to Easter Island! I am very nervous about this trip, but I also cannot wait to see what this new adventure has in store for me.

I have included a map of Chile and Easter Island for mis primas so they know where I will be travelling to.

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I want to use this blog as a way for my family and friends to see what I am up to while in Chile. I hope to post every other week. I cannot wait to share what I have learned with everyone!

I still have a while before I leave, but, I know that time will fly by with everything I still have to prepare for my trip.

About 7 weeks until I will be in Chile and out of this FREEZING COLD Weather :) 

- V. Miranda Wilson