Contest #580 – Northernmost point in South America, Colombia

As alluded to in the hint, there has been a theme to the contests since #572. All of these locations were in South America.

It seemed fitting to end our tour of the southwestern tetartosphere to include the northern end of the continent, a group of islands belonging to Colombia.

Those who found it before the hint were:

  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano

and after the hint:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock

This ends contests series #571-580. Congratulations to our winners Phil Ower and Lighthouse, both with perfect 20 scores.

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Contest #579: Wreck of the Lord Lonsdale, Punta Arenas, Chile

Lord lonsdale shipwreck, Punta Arenas

Built in the late 1890s, The Lord Lonsdale sailed from Hamburg in 1909 on the way to the west coast of Mexico. As customary for the time, before the dangerous trip through the Straights of Magellan, the ship stopped off at Stanley Harbor in the Falkland Islands. While there, it caught fire. The ship was scuttled to put out the fire.

But, you might notice, this is NOT in Stanley Harbor, but Punta Arenas. So, how did the shipwreck get there?

A salvage company bought the steel hull of the ship. They tried to carry it somewhere — no one is quite sure where they were going, but they only got as far a Punta Arenas before they gave up.

In 2007, the US reality show “The Amazing Race” (season 11, episode 4) featured the wreck as a milestone.

Those playing THIS game who located the wreck (all before the hint) were:

  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Walter_V_R
  • Rob de Wolff

Contest #578: Plaza de toros de Acho, Lima, Peru

Plaza Acho.jpg
By Jorge Gobbi from Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFlickr, CC BY 2.0, Link

Built in 1766, Acho is the oldest bullring in the Americas and the second oldest in the world. It holds a hair under 15,000 people.

Those who found it included:

  • Eloy Cano
  • Martin de Bock
  • Walter_V_R
  • hhgygy
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Garfield
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Phil Ower
  • Glenmorren
  • Elizabeth A Montes
  • Lighthouse

and after the hint:

  • Steve Hoge
  • Hilde Lambeir
  • Chris Nason
  • Rob de Wolf

Contest #577: Jicamarca Radio Observatory, outside Lima, Peru

Jicamarca is a site in the Incoherent Scatter Radar Chain, a group of 6 observatories that include Arecibo, Millstone Hill in Massachusets, AMISR locations in Poker Flat, Alaska and Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada, and Sondrestrom in Greenland.

The observatory was, among many other milestones, the site of the first successful detection of VHF radar echoes from Venus. It also mapped in great detail the terrain of the Sea of Tranquility on the moon, data used extensively by Apollo astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin.

Those who found this site included:

  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • AVE.C@ES.AR

And after the hint:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Jeather
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Elizabeth A Montes
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Rob de Wolff

Contest #576 – Coca Cola Logo near Arica, Chile

In 1986, Coca-Cola turned 100 years old. The company’s affiliate in Chile decided to commemorate the anniversary by building a copy of the logo that read “Coca-Cola: 100 Años” They used 70,000 empty bottles, arranged in the sand over a 400×150 foot area.

In 2011, the company went back, cleaned up the 25 years of damage, and changed the subtitle to “125 Años”.

Those who drank the coke included:

  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • David Kozina
  • Gillian B
  • Garfield
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Phil Ower
  • Chris Nason
  • Rob de Wolff
  • gscrp
  • Steve Hoge
  • Hilde Lambeir
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Elizabeth A Montes

And after the hint:

  • Jeather
  • Ashwini Agrawal

Contest #575: Cerro Lambare, just outside Asuncion, Paraguay

This week’s contest was a visit to a country that we do not think has seen a WhereOnGoogleEarth contest: Asuncion, Paraguay.

The hill is topped with a monument to the chief of the Guaraní indigenous people of the area when the Spanish arrived. The hill provides views across Asuncion, the capital city of Paraguay.

Found in a new country in the game:

  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Walter_V_R
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • AVE.C@ES.AR

After the hint:

  • Elisabeth Montes

Contest #574: Devils Island as part of the Salvation Islands, off the coast of French Guiana

The penal colony of Cayenne, commonly known as Devil’s Island (Île du Diable), was a French penal colony that operated in the 19th and 20th century in the Salvation’s Islands of French Guiana. Opened in 1852, the Devil’s Island system received convicts deported from all parts of the Second French Empire, and was infamous for its harsh treatment of detainees, with a death rate of 75% at their worst, until it was closed down in 1953. Devil’s Island was notorious for being used for the internal exile of French political prisoners, with the most famous being Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

The idllyic looking island:

The not so idyllic prison:

Those who avoided a trip to a tropical paradise:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Gillian B
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • rob de wolff
  • hhgygy
  • Ian

After the hint:

  • Lawnboy
  • Dec
  • HILDE LAMBEIR
  • Elizabeth A Montes
  • Sarah G.

Contest #572: Moray terraces, near Cusco, Peru

Moray is an archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) northwest of Cuzco on a high plateau at about 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) and just west of the village of Maras. The site contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is approximately 30 m (98 ft) deep. As with many other Inca sites, it also has an irrigation system.

The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but their depth, design, and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15°C (27°F) between the top and the bottom.

It is thought that the terraces allowed experimentation with different types of crops.

Found by looking for holes:

  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • Luis Filipe Miguel
  • Walter_V_R
  • Garfield
  • Chris Nason
  • Phil Ower
  • Martin de Bock
  • HILDE LAMBEIR
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Yakubi Dergahi

After the hint:

  • David Kozina
  • Rob de Wolff

Contest #571: Cass, New Zealand

Rita Angus painted this lonely railroad station in the central Cantebury region of New Zealand in 1936.

The station is still there, and still looks much the same.

Those who found this really-last-one-of-the-famous-paintings-series were:

  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Martin de Bock

and after the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • AVE.C@ES.AR

Contest #570: Olson House, Cushing, Maine, USA

The painting at the heart of this week’s contest has NO free licenses available. “Christina’s World” is owned by MOMA, who is known to track down those who post it without permission/paying with cease and desist files, a drama your humble contest organizer here simply does not need in his life.

I’ll let you go take a look on their site here.

The young lady in the painting seen crawling in the field is often referred to as having been a polio victim, but according to a source no less than Wikipedia, was actually probably afflicted with the disease mentioned in the hint, aka “Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease”.

The house has been restored to match the painting and you can visit it.

Those who found this place included:

  • Phil Ower
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Lighthouse

and after the hint:

  • LawnBoy
  • gscrp
  • David Kozina
  • Chris Nason
  • Hilde Lambeir
  • Yakubi Dergahi

And thus ends the 561-570 series (forever known from now on as “The Famous Painting Series”). Hearty congratulations to our winners: Phil Ower, Abcdefg Hijkl, and hhgygy, all with 19 points (Dibble House proved too hard for everyone but Walter_V_R, who gets an honorable mention).

And be sure to stop by and pick up the newest Google Earth KMZ file, now with the locations of the last 10 locations included here.