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Chile’s Oktoberfest from Oct 27 to Nov 6th in Malloco, Chile

Chile’s Oktoberfest from Oct 27 to Nov 6th in Malloco, Chile August 24, 2011 | Events, Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Photo by bearshapedsphere on Flickr. Used with permission. It might surprise you, if you didn’t know a lot about Chile, to know that it’s got a strong German influence. We eat kuchen with our coffee for our evening snack (once), and even say “yah” for “yes” alot of...

Parade-lovers must-see in Santiago, Chile, First Sundays at La Moneda

Parade-lovers must-see in Santiago, Chile, First Sundays at La Moneda August 24, 2011 | Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Photo by congresochile on Flickr. If you even only kind of love a parade, and love expressions of national pride, I hope you’ve timed your visit to Santiago, Chile for the first Sunday of a month. Every first Sunday, since February of 2010, the collosal flag opposite Chile’s Moneda Palace...

Taxi Scams and How to Avoid them in Chile

Taxi Scams and How to Avoid them in Chile August 24, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Photo by aimhelix on Flickr. There are few things more nerve-wracking re: travel than having to get around a city you don’t know. Ideally, the city has a grid, a metro and really nice people to help you get around. And while that is true for most of Santiago (see post on the fabulous Santiago...

Santiago on $50 a Day

Santiago on $50 a Day July 26, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
So, you’re thinking about visiting Santiago, but want to keep it reasonable? You’re thinking $50 a day should do it. But does that mean you’re sleeping under a bridge or eating in the finest restaurants? Here are some ballpark estimates of how much it’s going to cost you to eat,...

Keeping it Green in Santiago, Environmentally-Conscious Visits to Chile’s Capital

Keeping it Green in Santiago, Environmentally-Conscious Visits to Chile’s Capital May 28, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Coming to Santiago, Chile with an eco-friendly conscience can take some doing. You’ll have to fight tooth and nail with the baggers at the supermarket to use your reusable bag, and you’ll end up which more than your share of plastic bottles if you’re not careful (though the tap water...

No seas víctima. How not to be a victim of petty street crime in Santiago

No seas víctima. How not to be a victim of petty street crime in Santiago May 11, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Santiago, Chile is a safe place. In general, you are very unlikely to have a violent altercation during your stay here. I have lived and traveled to many cities in the Americas, and Santiago is definitley on the safer side of the equation. That being said, Santiago has more than its fair share of lanzas,...

New Law in Chile Makes Seatbelt Use Obligatory on Long-Distance Buses

New Law in Chile Makes Seatbelt Use Obligatory on Long-Distance Buses April 26, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Photo by wallygrom (very busy at work). Long distance busses are the mainstay of getting around Chile. While there are often inexpensive flights from Santiago to other points, getting from smaller city to smaller city in the north or south of Chile becomes prohibitively expensive if you’d like...

Fees and Limits on ATMs in Chile

Fees and Limits on ATMs in Chile April 9, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
For people coming to Chile, credit cards may be the easiest way to deal with your larger expenditures (check on conversion fees before you go), but for day-to-day spending, the metro, taxis and the occasional fresh-squeezed juice on the street, you’re going to need cash. People take a variety of...

Six Great Things About the End of Summer in Santiago

Six Great Things About the End of Summer in Santiago March 30, 2011 | Events, Travel Tips | Read More
So the Santiago summer has finally come to a close, with the only vestige now being that we still haven’t changed our clocks back to winter time, which is now rumored to happen on the first Saturday in May. We still have long days with light until the late hours (since we haven’t changed...

Cheap, Legal Music Downloads for Chilean Music

Cheap, Legal Music Downloads for Chilean Music February 11, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Portal Disc One great aspect of getting to know or visiting another country is getting a feel for the place by listening to some of the music. Unfortunately, radio play is so international these days, that merely listening to the radio from another country (which you can do online) will often not give...