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  1. Art museums and galleries in Santiago

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    Art museums and galleries in Santiago

    Oct262009

    If art is your thing then you’re going to like Santiago. There are lots of good museums to check out. This morning I did a whirlwind tour of three of them...

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  2. Conger eel soup - a Chilean specialty

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    Conger eel soup - a Chilean specialty

    Oct262009

    Last night I tried Caldillo Congrillo. It’s a fish broth-soup kind of thing made with conger eel. It was really nice except it was enormous. It’s a fish broth made with conger eel, potatoes, and more. I got a plate of chips (French fries to

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  3. Downtown Santiago

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    Downtown Santiago

    Oct262009

    Earlier today I met with Kristina Shrek (yes, just like the movie) for a podcast that will be called ‘Santiago – Close to the mountains, close to the sea’. It’s about the Chilean capital’s location just one hour from the A

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  4. My first meal and night in Santiago

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    My first meal and night in Santiago

    Oct262009

    If you’re looking for pasta, a pizza, sandwich or steak in Bellavista, try Restaurant Venezia on Pio Nono. It’s a real rustic place and good value. The salsa the give you with the bread is to die for. I was eating spoonfuls of it on its own

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  5. Adios Peru...Hola Chile!

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    Adios Peru...Hola Chile!

    Oct262009

    As the journey from Aguas Calientes to Cusco last night was a long and stressful one, when we arrived back in Cusco we all signed off so there was no farewell drink. Instead I went back to LOKI Hostel and got ready for Santiago where

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  6. Machu Picchu - Hostelworld.com's Q & A

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    Machu Picchu - Hostelworld.com's Q & A

    Oct262009

    You may have heard many things about Machu Picchu - you need to book the Inca Trail 4 months in advance; you need to be there at 3am to get your ticket to Hyuana Picchu; Aguas Calientes is a horrible place; it isn't as amazing as people say...read on for our lowdown on the famous Peruvian landmark.

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  7. The wait is over...Machu Picchu

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    The wait is over...Machu Picchu

    Oct232009

    This morning I got up at 3.30am. That's so early it's essentially yesterday. The reason for this obscenely early arise was to ensure we got tickets for Hyuana Pichu. Only 400 tickets are issued for it every day - 200 for the 7am climb and another 200 f

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  8. Check out our 52nd podcast - 'On the London Eye'

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    Check out our 52nd podcast - 'On the London Eye'

    Oct232009

    Our latest podcast 'On the London Eye' gives you an insight into one of the world's most popular tourist attractions and was recorded in one of its capsules.

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  9. Lonely Planet Top Travel Books up for grabs!

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    Lonely Planet Top Travel Books up for grabs!

    Oct232009

    In our latest competition, Hostelworld.com are giving away four top Lonely Planet travel books - The Travel Book, Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences, Best in Travel 2010, and Lonely Planet's Guide To Travel Photography.

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  10. The night before Machu Picchu

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    Oct232009

    I'm quite excited I have to say. Tomorrow I will be visiting Machu Picchu. I haven't felt like this since going to the Great Wall of China. It's one of those sights that you have seen countless times before, so seeing it for the first time is going to

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