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Daytrip from Santiago: Pomaire

Daytrip from Santiago: Pomaire February 27, 2012 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
You can also catch a folkloric show in Pomaire. Photo: Pedro Villavicencio. Santiago has quite a lot to offer, but it’s hard to get to know Chile, precisely, when you’re within the city. For a close-by look into more of the huaso (Chilean cowboy) culture, as well as a chance to buy low-priced,...

Driving trips from Santiago, Santa Cruz and Pichilemu

Driving trips from Santiago, Santa Cruz and Pichilemu January 24, 2012 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Photo by avodrocc on Flickr.   For a quick escape from Santiago, everyone will tell you to go to a winery and the coast (unless they’re telling you to go to the mountains, in which case, here’s an idea). But which winery, or at least which wine valley, and which beach? As it happens,...

Torres del Paine fire update, visiting the south of Chile

Torres del Paine fire update, visiting the south of Chile January 20, 2012 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
The Torres side of the park is still open to visitors. Photo by john_vorhees on Flickr. Since a hiker-caused wildfire broke out in Torres del Paine in late December, 2011, some tourists have put their visits to the park on hold, because they weren’t sure just what they’d encounter. However,...

Top Holiday Spots in Chile

Top Holiday Spots in Chile December 29, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Photo of Torres del Paine by John Spooner on Flickr. If you’re thinking of coming to Chile, you’re likely aware that it reaches way to the north to the Atacama desert, and way to the south into Patagonia. Most people pick a region or two, in addition to Santiago, and that takes them at least...

Summer Weekend Getaways from Santiago

Summer Weekend Getaways from Santiago December 12, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Photo by Andres04 on Flickr. While the northern hemisphere is socked in with snow, rain and wind, here in the southern hemisphere, we’re smack dab in the middle of the warmest season. And though it may be difficult to picture at the moment, sometimes it’s just too warm to stick around in...

The Best Views in Santiago

The Best Views in Santiago October 22, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
With its enviable position right against the Andes, there are many good views to be had from in and around Santiago. If you’re coming in the winter, after a good rain, the Andes are snowcapped and perfect from nearly anywhere in the city, though the smog can obscure them at any time of year. For...

What to Pack for Summer in Santiago

What to Pack for Summer in Santiago October 22, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
It’s practically unfathomable, that it’s summer here while it’s winter there, but as you’re taking out your sweaters and rubbing your hands at night against the cold while you wait for the bus, here in Santiago we’re flinging the windows open and dusting off last year’s...

Basic Spanish for Travel in Chile

Basic Spanish for Travel in Chile September 18, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Welcome to Chile! Photo by wallygrom (back home!) on flickr. If you had to learn just a handful of phrases to ease your trip to Chile, you’d do it, right? Some of these are basic Spanish, but they have a Chilean flair, as they’re how we say things here. They’ll work in other countries...

Valparaíso, a quick weekend trip from Santiago

Valparaíso, a quick weekend trip from Santiago August 28, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Photos by Hector Garcia on Flickr. If too much urban living has got you down, follow the great example set by hundreds, if not thousands of Santiago-dwellers and visitors, and head due west down the ultramodern Ruta 68 to the coastal port city of Valparaíso. Valparaíso is just an hour and a half...

The truth about the protests in Santiago

The truth about the protests in Santiago August 26, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Photo by bearshapedsphere on Flickr. Used with permission. There is nothing to worry about if you’re a tourist in Chile right now re: educational protests. If you’ve been in and around the news lately in Chile, you’ll notice that we’re in the middle of a series of protests having...
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