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Santiago Tops NYT List of “41 Places to go in 2011”

Santiago Tops NYT List of “41 Places to go in 2011” January 9, 2011 | Food, Hotels, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Santiago is sitting kind of proudly right about now. 2010 was a doozy of a year for this long and skinny republic. In the past year, Chile has had a punishing earthquake, the rescue of 33 miners from the very belly of the earth, a new president coming to power, a bid for the world cup and much more. Photo...

Free Walking Tours of Santiago (in English and Spanish)

Free Walking Tours of Santiago (in English and Spanish) January 6, 2011 | Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Tours Gratuitos de la Ciudad, courtesy of the Municipalidad de Santiago In addition to its spiffy new bilingual-staffed tourism office in the Plaza de Armas, beside the Correos building (face the cathedral and it’s to the right, on the north side of the plaza with the Andes behind you), the municipality...

Dayhike from Santiago-Rio Clarillo

Dayhike from Santiago-Rio Clarillo December 15, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
If you’ve got several hours to spare and were just itching to go for a hike near Santiago, but don’t want to deal with tour companies or high elevations, Chile’s CONAF-run National Park Rio Clarillo might just fit your needs. Rio Clarillo entrance from JF10 on flickr. Pirque is an outlying...

Santiago Got You Sneezy? Take Heart.

Santiago Got You Sneezy? Take Heart. December 15, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Achoo. There it goes again. Achoo. If you’re traveling to Santiago from your pollenless winter, it can be quite a shock to your allergy-free system. Santiago has an uncommonly high pollen count at this time of year, and much of it due to the dreaded plátano oriental, or sycamore tree that is planted...

Easy Fun Daytrip from Santiago: Pomaire

Easy Fun Daytrip from Santiago: Pomaire November 9, 2010 | Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Going to Pomaire for the day from Santiago Pomaire greda, photo courtesy of palegoldenrod on Flickr. Pomaire is the home of terra cotta (greda) production in Chile. Due to a rich clay content, they can mine it and work it right there, and it’s common to see many different kinds of terra cotta items...

Must-see Chilean Movies

Must-see Chilean Movies October 27, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Chilean Movies A great way to do some pre-trip research that doesn’t involve being in front of the computer, or even cracking a book is to watch some movies from the place you’re going. I’ve been living in Chile for a while now, and I periodically ask people what movies they think are...

How to ask for directions in Chile

How to ask for directions in Chile October 25, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Dónde está el baño? or el catedrál? or any of a host of other things you’re looking for? Where are they? Photo from jodastephen on flickr. These roving Segway kiosks in and around Plaza de Armas in Santiago can give some tips. Where are they, indeed. A common and recurring frustration while...

What did he say? Decoding directions on the street in Chile

What did he say? Decoding directions on the street in Chile October 25, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
It happens. Despite your best intentions to follow the instructions you were given in your guide, you’ve managed to either get lost beyond simple repair, or unable to easily find what you’re looking for, even though your guide indicates it should be right there. So you follow the handy directions...

Spending $5 in Santiago on a Cultural Attraction

Spending $5 in Santiago on a Cultural Attraction October 5, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Spending $5 for a cultural experience in Santiago. How Cheap is Cheap? $5 in Santiago probably goes farther than in your home city, for one thing, you can use it to buy a giant, gut-busting sandwich (or most of one). $5 will get you about five rides on the metro or bus (or metro plus bus), five 600...

Girltalk: For Women visiting Chile, health and reproductive concerns

Girltalk: For Women visiting Chile, health and reproductive concerns September 27, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
As women, we’re faced with a few extra issues on the road, and just so that you don’t meet with any harsh surprises, I’m going to break down how some of those play out for you while in Chile. This mainly has to do with monthly/reproductive stuff, and hey, men, if you want to play along,...