Category Archive: Chile

Feb 24 2015

Chile: conclusions and tips

    17 days + 38 days; traveled by plane, bus, car, speed boat and ferry; 4 + 4 Chilean stamps, 1 Easter Island stamp; 3 days to get to the End of the World; 4 days without night; 5 National Parks, 5 + 7 days hiking (not enough); 3 to 3 Pablo Neruda’s houses visited; …

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Feb 23 2015

Some days in Norte Grande

I couldn’t leave Chile without visiting the North, it has so many interesting things . . . So from Temuco I took a night bus to Santiago and from there a flight to Arica . . .  just in time to skip another earthquake in Santiago!! Arica is a quiet city dominated by sandy beaches …

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Feb 14 2015

The millenary forest (at PN Conguillío)

Blame that picture . . . I knew I wanted to visit PN Conguillio since I saw a picture of it on a travel magazine dedicated to Chile. The Aracaunia Region is not only the land of Mapuches (1/3 of the population), it is the land of virgin forests where the majestic aracauria (or monkey …

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Feb 11 2015

The magic world of Chiloé

I spent some relaxing days in Chiloé Island, after all those hikes I needed to rest for a while! The Chiloé Archipelago consists of several islands lying off the coast of Chile. Because of its physical isolation from the rest of Chile, it has a unique architecture, folklore, local food and fantastic legends with wizards, mermaids and other …

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Jan 28 2015

Torres del Paine full W Trek (finally!)

Torres del Paine is foreigner hikers’ favourite trek in Patagonia and there are many reasons why: pristine lakes, impressive glaciers and its distinctive “horny” peaks. It is also one of the most organised and accessible parks in Chile, with scheduled transfers from Puerto Natales and also inside the park. In 2011 I did not plan …

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Jan 24 2015

The most beautiful flight (Santiago – Punta Arenas)

The flight Santiago – Punta Arenas is a beautiful flight, especially if the day is bright and sunny outside the window. If you add to this a cool captain who tells the passengers from his cabin about all the geological wonders that the plane is crossing then it is not only a beautiful flight, it’s …

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Jan 20 2015

Santiago shakes!

I had visited Santiago de Chile in 2011 and I found the city so cool that I did not mind spendng few days more during my World Trip. Sunday 18th January 00.59am: an earthquake of 4.9points (Richter scale) was registered in the central area of Chile shaking Santiago and surroundings but I was sleeping so …

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Jan 17 2015

The Moais of Easter Island

After two flights and more than a 24 hours trip, I finally landed at Mataveri Airport, the most remote airport in the world (2603km from the nearest other airport) and the only gateway to Easter Island. At the arrivals the owners of the hotel booked were waiting for me with a welcoming flower necklace: yes, …

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Jan 01 2012

An ending with fireworks (at Valparaiso)

I spent the last day of the year visiting Valparaiso. Valparaiso, a coastal city located at 110 km northwest of Santiago, is one of the South Pacific’s most important seaports. Amongst many reasons to visit Valparaiso there is its reputation of having the most spectacular fireworks show, the biggest in all Latin America, attended every year by a …

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Dec 30 2011

Isla Negra

During my the first day in Valparaiso, I did a half day trip to Isla Negra, located at only 45 km from the city. This was the place chosen by Pablo Neruda to isolate himself from the busy city, from 1939 until his death in 1973. This place was formerly called Las Gaviotas but Neruda …

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