La ciudad de los 44 cerros!! The city of the 44 hills!

Valparaíso de mi amor

44 cerros que se erigen en un anfiteatro natural IMG_20141112_120607con vista al océano que se funde con el cielo. Las calles a pie de cerro, los estrechos pasajes, las escaleras, los miradores, las casas pendiendo al vacío y que parecen al alcance de la mano de los pasajeros de antiquísimos ascensores, las fisuras con fondo de mar… a 120 kilómetros de Santiago, una de las ciudades más antiguas de todo Chile y capital de la quinta región, ciudad del arte, de la cultura, de la música, capital de los tatuajes, patrimonio de la humanidad y una ciudad lleno de grafitis!!!!!! Eso y mucho más es Valparaíso!

Mi día en Valpo

Nosotros fuimos en la Mañana y cuando llegamos allá inmediatamente empezamos a caminar.IMG_20141112_160803 Yo ya fui muchas veces a Valparaíso y cada vez encuentro una calle más, que nunca antes la vi, cada vez un grafiti más lindo que los anteriores, una nueva tienda, un nuevo restaurante, adonde la comida es aún más rico, y cada vez me voy feliz para la casa pero cansada de tanto recorrer y caminar.

Por cualquier calle que caminamos vemos grafitis hasta llegar a la casa de Pablo Neruda (el poeta más famoso de chile). Las subidas por los cerros a pie son IMG_20141112_155830pesadas, pero por suerte hay funiculares que suben, que uno los puede tomar sIMG_20141112_125231i ya se cansó. Además si o si, por lo mínimo una vez tienen que conducir con esos funiculares… Da un poco miedo… Si lo hacen me van a entender 🙂 pero hay que hacerlo!!

Valparaíso también es famoso por su puerto. IMG_20141112_135542Si uno sube un cerro y después camina por la orilla de los cerros siempre entremedia uno tiene una vista espectacular hacia el puerto con los botes militares, Buque de carga y los botes de colores de los pescadores!!

Para terminar un buen Pisco 🙂

Si bajas IMG_20141112_195739hacia el mar hay dos muelles, el muelle Prat que queda en un lado y el muelle baron que queda IMG_20141112_195720en el otro. En los dos hay cada uno un restaurante, yo les recomiendo que van al muelle baron. El Pisco sour es exquisito 🙂  y la atención muy buena. La vista es espectacularIMG_20141112_195831 y si van en la atardecer alcanzan del muelle ver Valpo de Noche, que es lo más lindo que hay, porque todos los cerros se llenan con los luces…. Se ven como estrellas…       Es perfecto ahí para terminar con un aperitivo y algo rico para comer terminar el día y la aventura Valparaíso y justo eso hicimos!

Tu viaje a Valpo

De nuestro Hostal en Providencia puedes irte a pie en 2 minutos al metro salvador, IMG_20141112_161108ahí te vas con la línea roja hasta la estación central y de ahí salen por lo mínimo cada media hora o más seguido buses a Valparaíso y solo valen como 2500 pesos un día normal.

Para los que se quieren quedar en Valparaíso por una noche hay muchos hostales, nosotros trabajamos mucho con el hostal la valija IMG_20141112_164115(www.lavalijahostel.cl ) y lo recomendamos. Y para los que quieren hacer un buen tour: buscan a wally 🙂  (http://www.tours4tips.com/en/Valparaiso-Free-Tour.html)

Para más información sobre Valparaíso visita la pagina http://www.ciudaddevalparaiso.cl/

Si quieres ver mas fotos de grafitis en Valpo http://www.pinterest.com/interandtravel/ o http://www.pinterest.com/ajihostel/


Ingles:

Valparaíso my love

44 hills that rise in a natural amphitheater overlooking the ocean IMG_20141112_120607merge with the sky. Walk the streets of the hill, the narrow passages, stairs, balconies, hanging houses and seem to reach the ancient passenger lifts, in the background the wide sea … 120 kilometers from Santiago, one of the oldest cities across Chile and capital of the fifth region, city of art, culture, music, capital of tattoos, world heritage site and a city full of graffiti!!!!! ! That and more is Valparaíso!

My day in Valpo

We went in the morning and when we got thereIMG_20141112_160803 immediately started walking. I already went many times to Valparaiso and every time I find one street that I never saw before, more cute graffiti as above, a new store, a new restaurant, where the food is even richer, and every time I go happy back to my home but tired from walking and walking.

For any street we walked we saw graffiti’s. We walked up to the house of Pablo Neruda IMG_20141112_155830(Chile’s most famous poet). The uploaded by hills on foot are heavy, but luckily IMG_20141112_125231there funicular going up, you can take them if you are already tired. Anyway, at least once you have to drive with these funiculars … It’s a little scary … If you do you will understand… 🙂 but it’s a must!

Valparaiso is also famous for its harbor. IMG_20141112_135542If one goes up a hill and then walk along the edge of the hills, always in between one has a spectacular view of the harbor with military boats, Ships and colorful boats of fishermen!!

To finish the day a good Pisco

If you go down IMG_20141112_195739to the sea there are two docks,IMG_20141112_195720 the pier Prat is on one side and the pier baron on the other. There are two restaurants, I recommend you go to the pier baron. The Pisco Sour is exquisite 🙂  and the attention very good. The view is spectacular and if you in the evening reache the pier you can see Valpo at Night, which is the nicest thing IMG_20141112_195831ever, because all the hills are filled with small lights that looks like stars all over…. There it is perfect to finish the day and the Valparaiso adventure with a snack and something good to eat! We just did that!

Your Trip to Valpo

From our hostel in Providencia you can go on foot in two minutes the IMG_20141112_164115Salvador metro station, there you go with the red line to the central station and from there depart at least every half hour or more often buses to Valparaiso and only worth as 2500 pesos one normal day.

For those who want to stay in IMG_20141112_161108Valparaiso for a night there are many hostels, we work a lot with the hostel la valija (www.lavalijahostel.cl) and recommend that one. And for those who want to make a good tour: search wally 🙂   (http://www.tours4tips.com/en/Valparaiso-Free-Tour.html)

For more information visit the website Valparaíso http://www.ciudaddevalparaiso.cl/

Hope you’ll like it!!!!!!!! If you want to see more pictures of grafitis  http://www.pinterest.com/interandtravel/ or http://www.pinterest.com/ajihostel/

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back to nature, spring is comming!!! “La cascada escondida”

Tiempo de visitar la naturaleza

Ahora que al fin parece que llego la primavera y va a venir IMG_9193el verano es tiempo para salir al aire fresco de nuevo. Para todos los que les gusta moverse un poco en la naturaleza tenemos aquí un tip que queda en Santiago y es un paraíso!!

En el parque natural aguas de ramón hay mucho espacio para caminar y hacer trekking. Vas a poder encontrar senderos de diferentes dificultades, puedes encontrar recorridos de acuerdo a las condiciones físicas de cada persona.

Aparte de que IMG_9179hay diferentes senderos igual hay más parques con más senderos todavía ahí cerca. Pero esta vez les recomendamos este porque ahí hay tres rutas que son especialmente lindos.

De nuestro Hostal en Providencia por ejemplo tomas el Metro en la estación Salvador tomas la línea roja hasta tobalaba. En tobalaba te cambias a la línea azul hasta Francisco Bilbao. Desde Francisco Bilbao, tomas la micro D08 (Paradero por Av. Bilbao, tránsito dirección oriente). Bajate en Av.Padre Hurtado con Carlos Silva Vildósola, Plaza La Reina. En Plaza La Reina, tomar un taxi colectivo o caminar 25 min por Onofre Jarpa hacia la cordillera. Ahí llegas al parque.

Si llegas al parque hay un inicio dónde vas a empezar tu IMG_9196camino hacia arriba. Te vas a encontrar con miradores, puentes colgantes, saltos de agua y lugares de interacción con la naturaleza ideales para complementar y reforzar la formación cognitiva y espiritual.

Hay tres paradas en este camino que son como los tres destinos. Tu elijes el destino IMG_9230que te parece físicamente posible para ti o ese que más te gusta! Además que quieres subir, además temprano tienes que estar allá! En todo el camino hay ríos, cascadas y muchas vistas hermosas, así que igual si no quieres subirte hasta el último destino vas a ver mucho y seguro que vas a disfrutar!

Si quieres más información visita la página oficial: http://www.asociacionparquecordillera.cl/parque/parque-aguas-de-ramon/#!prettyPhoto[set_8]/0/

Y mira este video de “que hacer en Santiago”


English

time to visit nature

Now that it finally seems to get spring and summer is IMG_9193coming it is time to go back to fresh air. For all who like to move in nature we have here a traveltip in Santiago which seems like heaven!!

In the “parque natural aguas de ramón” there is much room for walking and trekking. You’ll be able to find trails of varying difficulty; you can find routes according to the physical conditions of each individual.

Besides the different paths there are more parks like more trails near there yet. But this time we recommend this because there are three routes that are especially nice.

IMG_9179From our hostel in Providence for example take the Metro station in Salvador take the red line to tobalaba. In tobalaba you transfer to the Blue Line to Francisco Bilbao. From Francisco Bilbao, you take the micro D08 (Whereabouts by Av. Bilbao, traffic direction east). Get off at Av.Padre Vildósola Silva Carlos Hurtado, Plaza La Reina. In Plaza La Reina, take a taxi or walk 25 min by Onofre Jarpa towards the mountains. There you get to the park.

When you get to the park there is a place where you start your way up. You’ll find gazebos, bridges, waterfalls IMG_9196and places of interaction with nature, ideal to complement and reinforce cognitive and spiritual formation.

There are three stops on this way, they are like the threeIMG_9230 destinations. You choose the destination that seems physically possible for you or that you like! As higher as you want to go up, the earlier you have to be there. All the way there are rivers, waterfalls and many beautiful views, so even if you want get on to the last destination you also can see a lot and you’re sure to enjoy!

If you want more information visit the official website: http://www.asociacionparquecordillera.cl/parque/parque-waters-of-ramon/#!prettyPhoto[set_8]/0/

And look at this video of “que hacer en Santiago”

¿Cuánto más o menos me sale el pasaje? ¿How much is the Price for my journey?

Viajando

como mochilero, uno muchas veces viaja en buses. Lo conocen todos los viajeros y también los Chilenos mismos: recibir miles  de respuestas diferentes cada vez que se pregunta por el precio de un viaje o tener que ir a la terminal de buses o a la oficina más cercana de Turbus, Condor, Pullman,… para preguntar, pero muchas veces estas no están cerca, hay mucha gente, se 10514589_840726605938482_6927951876647354273_ndebe hacer fila,…!

Cuando se quiere planear el siguiente paso y calcular cuánto sale o que conviene más, en Chile se hace un poco difícil porque no hay planes de buses o precios y la información en sus páginas web muchas veces no es clara, pero ahora todo es diferente…

Viendo 10685582_866081483402994_1855210750761723489_nesta necesidad un grupo de  alemanes en Chile  crearon recorrido.cl  una plataforma de comparación de rutas en Chile que permite filtrar y ordenar todos los resultados relevantes ya sea por precio, origen o tiempo de viaje.

La página todavía no está en su versión más perfecta, como ellos mismos dicen, hay algunas fallas todavía, pero están trabajando fuertemente y rápido para que muy pronto inclusive se puedan reservar los tiquetes de  viaje, tener un  App, y consultar más de un ruta al mismo tiempo, viajar en Bus nunca fue más fácil y más barato.

La misión de los fundadores de recorrido.cl:

“Creemos que viajar es esencial para aprender sobre el planeta y su gente. Al explorar otras culturas y paisajes extendemos nuestro horizonte personal y podemos hacer del mundo un mejor lugar. Andar en bus no solo es la manera más barata de transportarse sino también la más frecuente. El bus sirve también para visitar a la familia, descubrir lugares remotos e ir espontáneamente de paseo con tus amigos a la playa o la montaña. Es tiempo de conectar las nuevas tecnologías con el medio de transporte más importante del mundo.”

Los inventores de recorrido.cl son parte de Start-Up Chile (un programa del 10368216_813130932031383_4283586770240967657_ngobierno que apoya nuevos inventores) desde el Mayo de este año, al lado del financiamiento hay mentores y una buena comunidad donde pueden trabajar y recibir feedback para mejorar el proyecto.

Pero si o si la idea esta y es muy buena, les falta avanzar un poco y seguro que todos los viajeros y todos los Chilenos les agradecerán mucho su trabajo y su esfuerzo.


When traveling

as a backpacker, you often travel by buses. It is known to the most of travelers and Chilean: get thousands of different answers every time you ask for the price of a trip or having to go to the bus station or the nearest office Turbus, Condor, Pullman, … to ask, but often these are not close, many people, you should get in line …!10514589_840726605938482_6927951876647354273_n

When you want to plan the next step and calculate how much goes or specific needs in Chile, it becomes a little difficult because there are no plans for buses or prices and no more information, their website is often not clear…

But now everything is different…

Seeing this need,10685582_866081483402994_1855210750761723489_n a group of Germans came to Chile and created the platform recorrido.cl. Comparison routes in Chile that allows you to filter and sort all relevant results by price, origin or travel time.

The page is still not in its most perfect version, as they say, there are still some flaws, but they are working hard and fast so that you soon even can book the travel tickets, have a App, and get more than one route.

Travling by bus has never been easier and cheaper.

The mission of the founders of recorrido.cl:

“We believe that travel is essential to learn about the planet and its people. To explore other cultures and landscapes extend our personal horizons and can make the world a better place. A bus ride is not only the cheapest way to get around but also the most common. The bus also serves to visit family, discover remote locations and go spontaneously walking with friends to the beach or the mountains. It’s time to connect the new technologies with the most important means of transportation in the world. ” 10368216_813130932031383_4283586770240967657_n

The inventors of recorrido.cl are part of Start-Up Chile (a government program that supports new inventors) since May this year. The financing side, there mentors and a good community where they can work and receive feedback serves to improve the project .

But whether, this idea is very good. They need to lack advance a little and sure that all passengers and all Chileans will be grateful for their work and effort.

Tired to share your room with snoring people for once???

search an alternative way where to stay in a city for a couple a days

When hostels can get stressfu

All of you which traveled around know that it can be very tiring to always move, 20051017_Pintores de la Plaza de Armastravel, celebrate, pack, unpack, move again, get into temptation to celebrate again….and don’t sleep a lot. Or when you have to go to another city for work, further education, courses or some business stuff maybe you want stay in a hotel and like you need your rest to be well the other day a hostel also isn’t the right place…

While traveling or staying outside you almost everyday share your room with new people, you can’t move without carrying about the others, can’t IMG_6278shower  when you want to because maybe already somebody is taking a shower, somebody puts the light on while you’re sleeping, somebody is great in snoring and so on. When you want to cook maybe everyone wants to eat or there are already a lot of people cooking… or, when you are traveling in couple and want to have your privacy once in a while…

All this things are fine for a while and is an adventure, but maybe someday you only want to come to a quiet place, where you can do whatever you want, cook like you want to, rest in the living without caring about others, watch in the television what you want, go to bed without somebody making noises around you, got up when you wake up and not because somebody is getting up…

A good solutionIMG_6702

We already had people in our hostel they were happy when there once weren’t that much people and no party so that they could sleep and didn’t Also some people who stayed in our hostel for a longer time they searched an empty hostel for one or two days to take a rest.

Another and a very good opportunity is to rend a furnished apartment. Nowadays there exist in all the big cities furnished apartments which you IMG_6299can rent for one or more days. Santiago became full of this sort of apartments in the last years and they are very popular!

They are comfortable, quiet, and nice. They include services like cleaning, information desk and a lot of them have swimming pool in the building. And the big difference: they give you your privacy.

Some references

There are a lot of different options of furnished apartments, you can find a lot in the heart of Santiago. Many offers of apartments are in the historic downtown of Santiago and also in the Providencia area. There are completely equipped apartments in the best locations DSCF1297close to La Moneda (Chilean House of Government), the most important tourist attractions in the city, and steps away from the citys subway stations.

Normally these apartments are for 2 people, they have a small living with kitchen and a bedroom with the entry to the bathroom. There are a lot of options though, one of them we have in our company, which would be www.departamentoscentrourbano.cl where you can make your reservation directly with paying only 2% of your reservation at the moment you book it. Or you can search in the web of booking.com and hostelworld.com for other companies and apartments to name only two alternatives available online.

If you would like a more personalized service, please contact us at:

Departamentos Centro Urbano
Email: info@departamentoscentrourbano.cl
Phone: 56 2 22364401

Internship and Travel

In general

In the last few years Internships in general became more popular and the demand went bigger.

There are a lot of offers for Internships in every area and every country.IMG_7759 Spanish is getting more and more important to know. And why Chile is one of the most developed, save and popular countries in South America, many people come here to study or to work or do their internship.

Internships, and also voluntary work, can be a great opportunity to know well another country, other language and over all a new culture, new people and new friends. Internships in general are a lifetime experience and can help you a lot to get further in your personal and your business carrier. In many jobs you apply in your future they may ask for experience abroad and other languages and if you have done an internship, you can reveal with both.

So come to Chile to do an Internship, voluntary work or one of our programs:

www.internshipandtravel.cl

Our Idea

Based on the increasing interest in internships we almost a year ago started with the idea to make it easier for foreigners to find a good internship in Chile.We knew that already do exist some companies for this, but we wanted to do different. We wanted something that really helps students to find tIMG_8422he job they want and where they can benefit the most possible for their studies. So it’s also guarantied for the business that the students who come are motivated to work, because they know already what they are coming for and what they will do during their stay! And the most important thing was that we wanted you to feel save and coming to Chile without fears and stress and dooing what you want and not ending up washing dishes… (like others we saw…)

Important points for us

Our first and most important point is, to be there for you!

You already can see on our page which are the internships we offer and what work you will have to do, so you can choose the most convenient one. All of our programs have been agreed upon with thenosotros companies and/or institutions in Chile before offering you the internship, and they review and approve your application before we confirm with you the internship. All of the internships have been requested by the companies and their availability has been confirmed prior to us offering them to you.

If the company doesn’t meet the expectations of what they offered you, we can provide you with an alternative internship so that your experience here will always be a great one. Means that if you at least end up doing other stuff that the work which was described on the page you can talk with us and we come to talk with the one in charge and if they don’t change your tasks you have the right to change practice.

We go with you to your work the first day and we will visit you once in a while. We have an emergency phone where you can call us 24 hours the 7 days of the week and the 365 days a year.

For us the social part also is very important. So we offer voluntary work for a very low price, only 10chicitito0 USD. And with all the 100 Dollars of voluntary workers we pay some administration and the rest of the money we donate at the end of the year to one of the organizations we are working with.

One of the things we offer to give you the best support is our psantiagorogram “your month” which is considered to help you getting in to our culture, country, people, language and more. In this month you will learn about Chile, rights, people, speaking and to handle moving in Santiago.

We as a company

We’re committed to offering work internships, volunteer options, and touristic services that provide the best available opportunity to young people from all over the world tpagina_cultura_690o get to know our culture, history, Santiago city, and our region’s attractions in the closest and most real way. We want everyone to remember having lived an excellence experience after participating in one of our programs and to take away a better understanding of our culture, its people, the customs of this part of the world, our history, and of course our language. .

We will preferentially offer internship, or volunteer programs that are with small-sized businesses or organizations that need resources for their survival and/or development. The small-sized social organizations, as well as small tourism companies, are our priority because pagina_gente3_690they require more help to function and because they represent an excellent opportunity for the young people to immerse themselves in our country and live an unforgettable experience.

To read more about go to our page

www.internshipandtravel.cl

and we hope you will be one of the people we will see soon in Chile!! Don’t due to write me if you have any questions

rebekka.kohler@internshipandtravel.cl

algunos fotos de http://www.thisischile.cl

Backpacking check-list

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        Planning to travel the world during several months? Better to know before leaving what to bring. I definitely know you would like to bring your entire closet but try to pack light to feel less vulnerable and to be ready to run after your flight/bus/taxi/tuk tuk/elephant or camel! Don’t pack too much and leave some space free to bring few gifts or to buy some clothes during your journey.

“On a long journey even a straw weighs heavy” Spanish proverb

 

 

  To cover your feet:

    Flip flops: might be useful inside the showers or to have a walk along the beach

  Hiking shoes: Even if local people wear only Flip Flops to hike the Amazon rainforest I assure you will feel better to wear Hiking shoes. If you are afraid of twisting your ankles, you better buy ankle boot which will hold them during more complicated paths.

  Light trainers:  because it’s not necessary to bring your Indiana Jones’ outfit to party or to have a simple walk in a city!

  Trainer socks/ wool socks:  bring a pair of wool socks could save your day if you decide to hike in mountains or during the night in a desert.

 

 


 

 To cover your legs:

Trousers/ sport Leggings: Up to you!

   Jeans: because Jeans are comfortable enough to visit a city

   A short: it doesn’t really cover your legs, but you will appreciate it during the days of hot weather.

   A swimsuit: to lie down on a beach, to bath in the sea or to enjoy hot springs, always useful to have one!

  Sports clothing thermal: they are usually light and keep your warm, perfect outfit for cold climates.

 


 

To cover your torso:

Moisture wicking t-shirt/ Long-sleeve shirts/ t-shirts: can be worn in lot of situations!

   A Jumper: I think two jumpers could be useful since you’ll lose one during a party for sure.

   Rainwater jacket / Windbreaker: there is nothing more terrible than to be cold because of the wind or because your t-shirt is wet.

   Sport clothing thermal: again, but really useful!

   A dress/a shirt: Small expectations in your backpack list but parties are part of the trip as well!!

 

 

 


 

To cover your hands                

Gloves/mittens: try to get Touch screen gloves if your camera and Smartphone have a touch screen.

To cover your head

  Hat/ Panama hat/ Sun hat/ sunshade: whatever you want but always remember to cover your head!

   Bandana/buff: really useful because they can be worn in different ways and then can be used for different situations.

 Headbands and winter hats: a not covered-head is a loss of 30% of your body heat.


What to bring in your cosmetic case?

A cosmetic case: because it’s much easier to carry your items in a case.

Sun protection products (in small quantity): sunscreen, lip balm, after-sun cream, sunglasses.

Shampoo/conditioner: keep in mind to pack light then buy the 2 in 1.

Biodegradable soap: To protect the environment where we travel.

Roll-on deodorant: usually smaller and lighter than a spray deodorant.

Toothpaste/toothbrush+case: sounds normal

Any products you may need according to your needs: contact lens equipment, razor…

 

 


Tips to travel in peace:

      Travel insurance: they are often expensive but it will be still cheaper than a hospital stay.

      Passport/Visas/Photocopies/vaccines proofs: Some countries require a passport valid six months after your stay and in good condition. Remember than a passport is not an ID card but a tool to travel. Then it would be better to keep it in a safe place and to bring photocopies or your ID card to prove your identity.

      Credit card: withdrawals abroad can be expensive then try to ask for a free cash withdrawals fee abroad.

     Travel money belt: Even if you think your bag or your pockets are safe enough pickpockets know how to rob you.

     Students ID: Can make you save lot of money, don’t hesitate to ask if hostels/Operator tours have any discount for students.

    Ear plugs /eye shade/ travel pillow: with 14hours of bus or a noisy hostel those small items might be a plus to rest!  I advise you a travel pillow that you can              blow up to save some space in your backpack.

    A Headlamp: always funny and really useful to have your hands free.

  A silk travel sheet: Most hostels provide linen, blankets and pillows,

but the cleanliness of it all is sometimes questionable. A liner is such a relief to have in these occasions.

Microfiber towel: light, small and with a quick dry, the microfiber towel will avoid you spending money in hostel to get a towel.

Emergency contacts: Stay responsible while having fun

Adaptor/usb cable: To bring an USB cable can let you charge your phones on computers

A padlock: Choose one with combination lock to not lose the key!

A Plastic bag: for your dirty laundry

Plastic Playing cards: to be the king of the night and to gel a group together!

Books: Some hostels offer a book exchange service; then you can have new books for free and enjoy them during a transfer between two places.

Condoms: Have fun but travel safe =)

 

I hope this article provided you numerous tips and I wish you an amazing journey

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