Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 5, 2018

Chile to Australia

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Valparaiso to Newcastle

It was time to go home. I caught a local bus from my hostel on the hill to the terminal at Valparaiso centro.

Valparaiso Bus Terminal
Valparaiso Bus Terminal.

I had some lunch and then caught the bus at 1pm to Pajaritos terminal. At Pajaritos I bumbled around getting a uber taxi to my airbnb room.

My Room in Santiago
My Room in Santiago

This was my airbnb room in Santiago near the airport. I had crashed a teenage girl’s room with posters of anime and korean boy bands. Hideous. There was even a purple unicorn. Yewww. And five scottish terriers.

My breakfast in Chile
My breakfast in Chile

This is your standard breakfast I used to have in Argentina. Two media lunas and a cup of coffee. I got a colectivo taxi from my airbnb room and had breakfast at Pajaritos terminal, where I caught the bus to the airport.

On the way to the airport
On the way to the airport

This is the freeway on the way to Santiago Airport.

Flying over the ice flows
Flying over the ice flows

This is the view from the airplane flying to Melbourne. We flew over the edge of Antarctica and the ocean was covered in icebergs.

My plane to Newcastle
My plane to Newcastle

I stayed in Melbourne at a hotel near the airport and in the morning got a plane to Newcastle.

Flying into Newcastle Airport
Flying into Newcastle Airport

Here I am flying over Stockton Beach coming down to Williamtown airport. At the airport I got the bus to Newcastle and then another one to Swansea. Home again.

September 29, 2018

Valparaiso Harbour

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Valparaiso – Chile – Day Two.

Yesterday I caught the bus into town. I got a pino empanada from the panaderia and sat down at the bus terminal and had my lunch.

Traffic Jam at the markets
Traffic Jam at the markets.

It was chaos around the markets. Buses and cars and taxis were hussling with people with loaded vegetables on carts, with shoppers rushing around all over the place. A complete mad-house.

Selling Vegetables
Selling Vegetables

There were stalls surrounding the markets with people selling all kinds of stuff, mainly vegetables. You can buy anything on the streets – even toilet paper and dish washing detergent.

Launching a rubber ducky
Launching a rubber ducky

I worked out how to get to the water-front and made my way to the wharf, where there were lots of scuba divers getting ready to go on their dives.

Harbour and foreshore
Harbour and foreshore.

Valparaiso has a pretty massive bay with deep water, so it is perfect for a port.

Coastal Train
Coastal Train

This train ran along the coast past Vina del Mar, and beyond that I have no idea.

September 27, 2018

A Tourist in Valparaiso

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Valparaiso – trendy and bohemian

I was up at 5:30am this morning. My taxi came early and I was off to the airport at Arica. I was hours too early so I bought an expensive coffee and cheese sandwich for breakfast and sat down to wait for the checkin to open. I checked in and went through security. I am like a robot now going through security. Belt off, wallet, phone, passport in a plastic bag. Step through the gate, get patted down, get dressed again.

The view from my hostel room
The view from my hostel room

I arrived in Santiago at 12:30 and jumped on a bus to the Pajaritos Terminal, where I bought a ticket to Valparaiso and jumped straight on the bus.

Steep hills of Valparaiso
Steep hills of Valparaiso

At Valparaiso Terminal, the tourist kiosk told me which bus to get to my hostel, and I settled in for a while.

Trendy cafes
Trendy cafes

In the afternoon, I went for a walk down the hill. The area is all trendy with boho cafes and shops. So funny. I wanted to get to the water but got as far as a big steep drop-off and could not get any further so I turned back.

The harbour
The harbour

A little corner of the city
A little corner of the city

Too many steps to go down there.

September 25, 2018

First Day in Chile

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Mollendo to Arica

I got going from Mollendo about 10am and walked up the hill to get a taxi to Ilo. At Ilo I swapped over and got another collectivo taxi to Tacna.

A point between Ilo and Tacna
A point between Ilo and Tacna

I found my hostel next to the bus terminal in Tacna and settled in for the night. I got all my money changed over to Chilean pesos and so I was set to go. The next morning I walked up the road to the international terminal and jumped straight into a taxi for the border. The border was the easiest and quickest one I have ever been through. I arrived at the terminal in Arica, Chile, got a new chip for my phone, changed the rest of my money and found my way to the next hostel.

Church at Arica
old church at Arica

In the afternoon I blundered around until I found my way to the surf spot at Arica. The wind was wrong but I saw how it broke. There were some guys surfing around the other side.

Mounted police
Mounted police

I am going to go back tomorrow morning early to see if I can get some photos on my real camera.

Blackish Oystercatcher
Blackish Oystercatcher (Haemotopus ater)

These Blackish Oystercatcher were taken on the point and shoot. Hopefully tomorrow I will get some shots on the canon. They are found in Chile, Peru, and Argentina.

Surfing the left
Surfing the left

September 22, 2018

High Sierras to Coastal Peru

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Huancavelica to the Coast

Huancavelica is in the southern Sierras of Peru and is about 3200 meters altitude. I needed to get to the coast in order to get to Paracas where I was going to do a boat ride to the Islas Ballestas.

Going over the mountains from Huancavelica,
Going over the mountains from Huancavelica, 4800 meters.

It was really high going over the Andes. There was snow on the high peaks, which I guessed to be from 5-6000 meters.

llamas
Llamas

there were a few herds of Llamas in the mountains being looked after by shepherds.

Auto collectivo
Auto collectivo

This is my collectivo taxi at the top of the Andes. It cost about 70 soles ($23) from Huancavelica to San Clemente.

Vicunyas
Vicunyas

Vicunyas are wild animals not tame.

Coming down into the coastal valleys
Coming down into the coastal valleys.

The lower mountains close to the coast were so dry. The only place where crops were growing were in the river valleys.

me at paracas
me at paracas.

Road machine laying asphalt
Road machine laying asphalt.

There is always road work going on. Some of the roads are really good and some are just terrible.

Atacama Desert between Nazca and Atico
Atacama Desert between Nazca and Atico.

Surf at the coast
Surf at the coast.

I finally hit the coast where there were plenty of empty beaches.

Taxista
Taxista

This taxi driver happily posed for me at Atico, where I changed autos.

Camana district
Camana district .

This is one of the river valleys on the coast. The rest is desert.

Mollendo
Mollendo

September 18, 2018

Paracas Kite Surfing

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Kite Surfing at Paracas

I was searching for birds this afternoon and came across this crew kite surfing. The wind was blowing really hard so it was great for kite surfing. I took a few shots of the sport.

Carving a backhand.
Carving a backhand.

As you can tell I have no idea of the technical terms for what they are doing. doh!

Instructor getting some speed up.
Instructor getting some speed up.

Getting off
Getting off

Aiming high
Aiming high

September 15, 2018

Peru Sierra Tourist Photos

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Huanuco to Huanacavelica

From Tingo Maria I wound my way up the mountains to nearly 2000 meters at Huanuco. I only stayed there one night. Then I went to Carrhuamayo where I stayed for three nights.

tunnel
tunnel

This is a tunnel on the way to Huanuco.

Main Plaza Huanuco
Main Plaza Huanuco

From Carrhuanmayo I caught a collectivo taxi to Huancayo where I stayed with a family at a very nice hostel. It is a pretty large city, so I was not inclined to stay for very long.

Huancayo rooftops
Huancayo rooftops

Loading the bus
Loading the bus

This is the bus to Huancavelica. The locals were loading pineapples, huge pumpkins, big stacks of grass and a whole bunch of logs. I was very much amused.

Precarious road
Precarious road

The road from Huancayo went through some very high mountains the road was perched scarily about a thousand meters above the vally below. It was so scary, there were no guard rails and if we went over the edge it would have been curtains.

Dry country
Dry country

It is so dry up here in the altiplano. Everything is brown. Today I made it to Huancavelica, which is at an altitude of around 3000 meters. In the afternoon I walked along the river, had a burger and fruit salad, then hung about at the main square.

Waterfall into the river
Waterfall into the river

The river is so polluted. All the crap from the town just flows straight in. And there is lots of plastic in the river as well. It is not good.

River and hills
River and hills

The river going through town and the surrounding hills.

Main Square
Main Square

This is the main square at Huancavelica. It has a big church and a lot of old buildings surrounding it.

statue
statue

They have these very strange statues in most of the towns in this area. I have no idea what they are about.

September 8, 2018

Moyobamba to Tocache

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Tourist Photos in Peru

At Moyobamba in the north of Peru. It is on the other side of the Andes mountains. I went for a walk to the river and took some photos of the birds.

ferry crossing the river
ferry crossing the river

This ferry was crossing the river a bit further down from the port where all the tourist boats have their wharves.

Carrying tuktuks across the river as well as foot passengers
Carrying tuktuks across the river as well as foot passengers

Tuktuk off the ferry
Tuktuk off the ferry

The men were pushing the tuktuk up the hill. Mostly they would get bogged and they would have to get everyone to push them. One of them threw a chain off the sprocket so they had to flip it and put the chain back on.

Rio Shilpayo near Tarapoto
Rio Shilpayo near Tarapoto

This river was close to town and there was some nice bush surrounding it.

Road construction
Road construction

I stopped at construction work between Tarapoto and Tocache. They were pulling down the hill onto the road with a bulldozer and then bulldozing it down the other side of the road.

Stopped at the top of a hill.
Stopped at the top of a hill.

Before we went up the mountain we stopped for a few hours to have lunch and watch Peru play Holland in soccer. Holland won 2-1.

Road closed
Road closed

Via Cerrado. Road closed between 1pm and 6pm for construction building bridges and waterways.

August 23, 2018

San Gil to Cuenca Tourism

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Colombia and Ecuador Tourist

Here are my tourist photos from July and August. I started off in Cartagena in Colombia, then went to Minca up in the mountains, then went south to Bucaramanga.

A squirrel in the park
A squirrel in the park

This squirrel was taken in the park at San Gil, just north of Bogota in Colombia. I stayed on a farm way out of town. It was so nice and peaceful.

Villa de Leyva church
Villa de Leyva church

This is the old church in the hills of Colombia. Villa de Leyva was a really nice little town. Very peaceful even though it was full of tourists for the festival.

All the fun of the fair
All the fun of the fair

And as per usual, the carnies came with their fair ground rides. So funny.

Religious trinkets
Religious trinkets

All over the world they make money off religion. It is a growth industry.

Mural in Bogota.
Mural in Bogota.

Bogota, the capital of Colombia had crazy traffic. It was a nightmare trying to get around. A lot of cities are like that.

Lunch in Otavalo
Lunch

A pig cooking for lunch in the bus terminal in Otavalo, the first city I arrived at in Ecuador. It is high up in the mountains and lots of indigenous people live there.

Quito skyline
Quito skyline

Quito, the capital of Ecuador. High up in the mountains and quite a nice city.

Blue-footed Booby and baby
Blue-footed Booby

I went for a whale watching boat ride at Puerto Lopez in Ecuador. We stopped at Isla de la Plata and did a hike over the hills. Lots of boobys and frigatebirds.

Salinas Beach
Salinas Beach

There were so many tourists at Salinas. It reminded me of the Gold Coast in Australia. But even more tacky.

After Salinas I went to Guayaquil for three days, then today I caught the bus up the mountains to Cuenca and I am headed towards the Peru border.

July 4, 2018

Nicaragua Costa Rica Panama Colombia

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Nicaragua to Colombia

It has been ages since I sorted out my tourist photos. So here we go.

San Juan del Sur - Nicaragua
San Juan del Sur – Nicaragua

Things were getting pretty bad in Nicaragua. Most of the roads were blocked and food and petrol was running out. So I got a shuttle to Liberia in Costa Rica and headed up to the hills after that.

Monteverde - Costa Rica
Monteverde – Costa Rica

Looking towards the coast from the mountains. It was nice and cool up there.

Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio

After the mountains I hit the coast of Costa Rica.

Me in Panama
Birdwatcher in Panama

This is me at Gualaca, east of David in Panama.

Panama City
Panama City

This is looking out to the head of the Panama Canal on the Pacific Ocean side. There were lots of ships waiting out there.

Cartagena - Colombia
Cartagena – Colombia

I flew from Panama City to Cartagena in Northern Colombia. It does not rain as much down here.

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