Archive for the ‘Chile/チリ’ Category

Puerto Montt to Santiago/プエルト・モンからサンティアゴへ(2009/03/27~04/06)

木曜日, 4月 9th, 2009

On the 5th day of our voyage on the Navimag ferry we arrived at our destination, Puerto Montt. We disembarked just after 8am and hoofed it to the bus stop where we caught a bus heading for the train station. What we found on the outer edges of the city was a very nice, modern looking train station. Problem was, aside from a security guard and a cleaner, there was not a sales clerk to be found at the counter, nor anyone resembling a passenger. On questioning the security guard we learned that indeed no trains use this station at all anymore. We couldn’t help but have some doubts about no trains running from such a relatively impressive station, but since we were told as much, there was little we could do but slink off. And so it was back on the same bus, this time in the opposite direction-toward downtown-to the bus terminal. From here buses run to almost all points north until Santiago, and we quickly caught one to our next destination, Temuco. No doubt about it, the bus is king in South America.

Navimagフェリーは、5日間の航海を経て、3月27日にプエルト・モンに到着。朝の8時過ぎに下船し、その足で路線バスに乗って鉄道駅を目指した。町のはずれにある立派な鉄道駅に着いたが、警備員と掃除夫らしき人がいるだけで、乗客らしき人は全くいないし、窓口にも人影がない。で、警備員のおじさんに聞くと、やっぱりここから電車は全く出ていないらしい。電車が通っていないのにどうしてこんなに立派な鉄道駅があるのか甚だ疑問だけれど、ないと言われたら引き下がるしかない。ということでまた路線バスに乗って、今度は町の中心にあるバスターミナルへと向かった。ここからは、各方面へのバスが多数出ているので、次の目的地テムコ行きのバスにも簡単に乗れた。南米ではやっぱりバスが主要な移動手段であることを思い知らされた。 (さらに…)

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Valparaiso & Vina del Mar/バルパライソ&ビニャ・デル・マル (2009/04/06~04/08)

木曜日, 4月 16th, 2009

Valparaiso is Chile’s principal port and home of the National Congress. But it is due in large part to the late 19th century and early 20th century architecture dominating the city that Valpo has become a cultural capital, and, indeed, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right. Much of the architectural richness of the city owes its origin to Valpo’s heydays when it was the port of call for marine traffic making way around Cape Horn; a voyage that became unnecessary with the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914. In addition to the architecture, as the port is at the foot of a number of hill sides, with the result that much of the town set on the hill sides and accessible to pedestrians only by a number of antiquated funicular elevators, which are an attraction in themselves.



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Through Chile’s north to Peru/チリ北部を通ってペルーへ(2009/04/08~04/13)

月曜日, 4月 20th, 2009

Our route was from Valparaiso through Chile’s north to Peru. Thing is, this is not the easiest trip since Chile is, as is well known, a very skinny, and very long country from south to north. And since all that was available to us was the bus, we really did come to appreciate just how long this country is.

バルパライソからは、ペルーに向けて北上するのみ。でも、ご存じのとおりチリは南北方向に長細い国。国境までの道のりは、バスに限っているため、チリ国土のほそ長さを体感する移動となった。 (さらに…)

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