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Santiago
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Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile
What better way to explore Chile's rich history than by visiting the main square of its capital city, Santiago? The Plaza des Armes overflows with history, prime people watching, impressive architecture, and local picadas (small food joints) for a quick bite. Take a stroll along the streets and admire buildings that once served as the heart of the city, including the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, the Central Post Office Building, the Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago (now the National History Museum), and many others. The main plaza may feel a .....bit touristy, but it's worth a stop to admire the local entertainers and artists. It's also the centerpiece of Santiago, as the city is designed on a square grid pattern spanning out from this spot. Show less
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Plaza de Armas
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Plaza de Armas, Santiago
Plaza de Armas, Santiago
Plaza de Armas, Santiago
Plaza de Armas, Santiago
Plaza de Armas, Santiago
With two days in the city and one saved for an action-oriented day trip, begin with a guided walking tour of the central Plaza de Armas with its street performers and colorful market on weekends outside the Metropolitan Cathedral (worth a look). Stroll from the plaza through the downtown to lunch at the covered Mercado Centro, a local favorite for its warren of seafood merchants and restaurants.
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Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral
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Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Santiago
Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Santiago
Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Santiago
Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Santiago
Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Santiago
Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Santiago
The cathedral is the centre of town, the centre of life, and the focal point on St. James Day. Home to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela, it is located in Old Town Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral is the final resting place for Saint James the Great (Saint Santiago in Spanish), an apostle of Jesus Christ. The Romanesque style cathedral was built in the 11th-century after the original cathedral was destroyed in the late 10th-century by Muslims. All roads in the Old Town Santiago lead to .....the cathedral, so even without a map, it was easy to find. To our surprise parking was also easy as there is a large underground parking facility below the main square, and it didn’t fill up for the event until later in the afternoon. Show less
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Head
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Head, Chile
Head, Chile
Head, Chile
Head, Chile
For the third consecutive year, Nevados de Chillán has been voted as Chile’s Best Ski Resort in the 2019 World Ski Awards. Located a six-hour drive south of Santiago, the resort area sits atop three active volcanoes – Nevados de Chillán, Chillán Nuevo and Chillán Vejo. Set at an altitude over 3,000m high, skiing is available June to October across the skirt of the volcanoes and the slopes offer unrivalled panoramic views of the surrounding area. Nevados de Chillán is home to 30 slopes including the longest run in South America, .....the 13-kilometre-long ‘La Tres Marias’. Visitors can also relax and rejuvenate in one of the resort’s four volcanic thermal springs, with a pisco sour in hand after a hard day on the slopes. The resort is also home to Chile’s Best Boutique Ski Hotel 2019, Hotel Nevados – a 70 room property, with an excellent on-site spa, restaurant and cosy common areas.  4) Set off on an adventure! Chile has once again been voted the best destination in the world for adventure travel, in the 2019 World Travel Awards. It’s no wonder that a country spanning three continents, home to a strikingly diverse landscape and abundance of natural wonders is every adrenaline junkie’s dream! From glacier hiking in Patagonia and the longest zipline in South American in Pucón, sandboarding in the Atacama Desert and scuba diving in Rapa Nui – there’s an adventure for everyone. Show less
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Central Market
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Central Market, Santiago
Central Market, Santiago
Central Market, Santiago
Central Market, Santiago
Central Market, Santiago
Central Market, Santiago
Shop like the locals do every day at the Central Market, which is the main fresh seafood market of Santiago. You can eat on-site in one of the many restaurants but don’t fall for the expensive touristy offerings – look to where the locals are lunching. Nearby, Vega Central and Vega Chica offer an authentic market experience where you can browse for fresh produce, cheese and eggs.
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Círculo Chileno de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Compostela
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I always envied backpackers, but it was fortune. The first idea for this journey began by watching The Way. Ten minutes after watching the film, Etem and I had already determined our departure date and route. One of the most well-known walking routes in Europe and the world James Road, in other words, Camino de Santiago in Spanish, Santiago Road in English. The writer Paulo Coelho walked the 700 km of this road, from the Pyrenees to Santiago, and his impressions formed the basis of the Hajj. Although it was renowned as .....a sacred pilgrimage for Catholics, it has now turned into a purely cultural, sporting, touristic walkway. The pilgrimage marches are very very diminished. People walk for health, to listen to oneself and even to meet new people. The city of Santiago Compostela, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1985, became the European Capital of Culture in 2000. The legend of the road is as follows; Jacob, the son of one of Jesus’ disciples, was killed in Jerusalem in the Middle Ages and was not allowed to be buried. His followers reach Santiago de Compostela by ship and bury the bones there. Although the church initially opposed it, it became a sacred place and a city was built where it was buried. The path that is sacred to Catholics does not have an official beginning. It can be started from anywhere in Europe. Purpose The most popular of these is the “Camino Francés” – the French way. Those who want to walk 700-800 km. road, although the last stage of the 120 km Sarria-Santiago de Compostela we walked. The longest walk was 27 km and the shortest was 19 km. Walked route and km with an application downloaded to the phone. able to measure. THY has a transfer from Bilboa to Santiago de Compostela. Our flight 4 + 1 took about 5 hours. From Santiago de Compostela airport, we went to Lugo with a bus that departs for half an hour and then we went to Sarria where we would start walking with another bus. Show less
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Arturo Merino Benítez Airport
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Arturo Merino Benítez Airport, Chile
Arturo Merino Benítez Airport, Chile
Arturo Merino Benítez Airport, Chile
Arturo Merino Benítez Airport, Chile
Arturo Merino Benítez Airport, Chile
Arturo Merino Benítez Airport, Chile
I would recommend staying near the Santiago Airport since you’ll be flying again the next morning. Hotel Manquehue Aeropuerto Santiago is the best hotel near the airport, with modern and comfortable rooms and free airport shuttles. Breakfast is included in your booking and it starts as early as 4.30am. 
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Centro Medico y Dental Galapagos
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Looking for things to do in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island?  I’ve got you covered! Despite this Galapagos town’s small size, there are actually a surprising amount of attractions and experiences to be had — most within walking distance of your hotel, though I’ve also included a few Puerto Ayora day trips in this travel guide.  Keep in mind, the following is part of what I consider to be the best Galapagos Islands itinerary, which includes spending a few days in Puerto Ayora followed by a luxury cruise aboard WildAid’s M/Y Passion, .....bookable through Andando Tours.  I don’t recommend arriving into the Galapagos Islands the day your cruise departs, just in case there are any flight issues. Plus, having two or three days to relax and acclimate to your new surroundings will make your cruise much more enjoyable.  Pro tip: Before paying for any Puerto Ayora tours or experiences, check to see if they’re already included in your Galapagos cruise itinerary. This way you don’t do anything twice.  On that note, let’s dive into this incredible Galapagos itinerary! PSST, DON’T FORGET TO PIN THIS POST FOR LATER! Show less
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La Chascona
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La Chascona, Santiago
La Chascona, Santiago
La Chascona, Santiago
La Chascona, Santiago
La Chascona, Santiago
La Chascona, meaning “tangled-haired woman”, is the Santiago home of writer, diplomat and Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda. Now a museum, the building, at the foot of San Cristobal Hill, is unpromising from the outside. Inside it is fascinating and one of the best places to see in Santiago. Use the audio guides available to learn about the extraordinary life of this brilliant, eccentric Chilean hero. About his kooky sense of humor and the suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. It was outside this house, in September 1973, that large crowds gathered for Neruda’s .....wake. A public tribute expressly forbidden by the brutal new regime of Augusto Pinochet. Show less
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Santa Lucía Hill
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Santa Lucía Hill, Santiago
Santa Lucía Hill, Santiago
Santa Lucía Hill, Santiago
Santa Lucía Hill, Santiago
Santa Lucía Hill, Santiago
Santa Lucía Hill, Santiago
Walking through the streets of Santiago, I was surprised at how European it felt at times. There’s European architecture at every corner, neighborhoods lined with cobblestone streets, century-old churches, an abundance of parks, and even a castle on Santa Lucia Hill. Then on the flip side, you see Chile’s identity really shine in places like the Los Dominicos Handicraft Market, an artisan market that feels like an old Chilean village frozen in time. For those wine lovers that flock to Europe for its charm, Santiago has its own allure that will leave you wanting more.
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La Moneda Palace
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La Moneda Palace, Santiago
La Moneda Palace, Santiago
La Moneda Palace, Santiago
La Moneda Palace, Santiago
La Moneda Palace, Santiago
La Moneda Palace, Santiago
La Moneda is on Constitution Square. Here you will also find the Palacio de la Moneda Cultural Center and the Santiago Stock Exchange. Constitution Square is stop number 6 on the hop-on-hop-off bus. La Moneda Palace is a piece of Chilean history that is now a World Heritage Site. A stunning example of neoclassical architecture, it holds the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile, as well as the offices of three cabinet ministers. La Moneda holds a place in Chile’s history having originally served as a mint, later as .....home to presidents, then the seat of power. It was damaged on September 11, 1973 when military forces staged a coup, a day that ended with the announcement of the death of the president (a controversial event that has been officially labelled a suicide). Daily tours are available in both Spanish and English but must be booked in advance. The interior is an understated elegance, a striking example of what I believe a top government building should look like. Check availability and book your free La Moneda Palace tour. Pro tip: tours book out well in advance, so book as soon as you know the dates you will be in Santiago. Show less
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago
The city has several good museums but if you only have time for one don’t miss the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Pre-Columbian Museum). The ancient Chinchorro mummies on display are a result of Chile’s indigenous culture and are thousands of years older than the Egyptian mummies. There are exhibits of ceramics, textiles and jewellery displaying 4500 years of pre-Colombian civilization.
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National Museum of Fine Arts
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National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago
National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago
National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago
National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago
National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago
National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago
As the capital city of Chile, it should come as no surprise that Santiago is full of excellent museums. You’ll definitely want to make sure you carve out some time to visit a few while you’re in town. A great place to start on your museum-hopping journey is the Museum of National History. It’s located in the historic Royal Court Palace, which once served as the seat of government. After checking out the beautiful exterior, head inside to explore the many exhibits. While you’re there, be sure to climb the clock tower .....for an unbeatable view of the Plaza de Armas. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 9AM to 6PM and is free to visit.  Another can’t-miss museum in Santiago is the Museum of Memory and Human Rights. This museum commemorates the many victims of human rights violations during the brutal regime of Augusto Pinochet between 1973 and 1990. It opened in 2010 to mark the bicentennial of Chile’s independence and serves as an important reminder of the country’s recent dark past. It’s open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10AM to 7PM and is also free to visit. You can find the museum here on the map. Show less
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Barrio Bellavista
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Barrio Bellavista, Santiago
Barrio Bellavista, Santiago
Barrio Bellavista, Santiago
Barrio Bellavista, Santiago
Barrio Bellavista, Santiago
Barrio Bellavista, Santiago
Head across the city, over the Mapocho River, to funky Barrio Bella Vista. Taking your time. En route, explore the parks and old buildings. If a cafe takes your fancy,  stop to drink a Cafe con Leche with the locals.eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'mscgerber_com-box-4','ezslot_3',105,'0','0'])); Barrio Bella Vista is vibrant culture hub so lots to see. Explore yourself or book a guided tour from one of the kiosks on the street. Peckish? Try some delicious Empanadas with Pebre (Chilean Chilli Sauce).
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Maipo Canyon
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Maipo Canyon, Santiago
Maipo Canyon, Santiago
Maipo Canyon, Santiago
Maipo Canyon, Santiago
Maipo Canyon, Santiago
Maipo Canyon, Santiago
My number one moment from 2014, is when we hiked the Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim in one day. Starting on the South Rim at South Kaibab Trail, and hiking the 20+ miles to the North Rim on North Kaibab Trail is something I’ll never forget. We watched the sunrise over millions of years in geologic history. The past really does come back to live in the depths of the Canyon. We also made friends with a deer while passing though Phantom Ranch. Topping things off was the majestic .....sunset on the North Rim. This hike could not have been any more perfect. Show less
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Valparaíso
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Valparaíso, Chile
Valparaíso, Chile
Valparaíso, Chile
Valparaíso, Chile
Valparaíso, Chile
Valparaíso, Chile
The coastal city Valparaíso is known for its amazing street art and bohemian vibe. Walk around Cerro Concepcion and Cerro Alegre to admire the vibrant murals stretched throughout the sides of the buildings. In keeping with the rich artistic theme, you can visit the Nobel Prize winning Pablo Neruda’s house in the city. Then visit his oceanside home a short distance away at Isla Negra. And while Valparaiso is more of an industrial city, there are plenty of great walks to take through neighborhoods that offer great views of the city and of .....the Pacific coast.   Of course if you’re visiting during the weekend and want to explore the nightlife, Valparaiso has some great bars and clubs that will keep you going through the night. Show less
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Chile Backpackers Hostels
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Chile Backpackers Hostels, Chile
Chile Backpackers Hostels, Chile
Chile Backpackers Hostels, Chile
Chile Backpackers Hostels, Chile
Chile Backpackers Hostels, Chile
Chile Backpackers Hostels, Chile
Hostels are plentiful in Chile. And currently hostel owners are joining together to create a link between all major cities in Chile. As with other countries where tourism is booming more and more with each passing year, hostels are sprouting out all over the country. Oftentimes hostels also tend to have the best informal information about local excursions and guides. And many of them are affiliated with Hostelling International so if you’re a member you can get a discount!
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Colchagua
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Colchagua, Chile
Colchagua, Chile
Colchagua, Chile
Colchagua, Chile
Colchagua, Chile
Colchagua, Chile
The Colchagua Valley Wine Region will charm you from the second you arrive in town. It’s vast, but welcoming, and the wine is outstanding. Plan your trip to day! Like this post? Why not pin it to your Pinterest board? Laura LynchLaura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.
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Viña Laura Hartwig
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Viña Laura Hartwig, Chile
Viña Laura Hartwig, Chile
Viña Laura Hartwig, Chile
Viña Laura Hartwig, Chile
Viña Laura Hartwig, Chile
Located in a small, rustic building hidden amongst the vineyards, Laura Hartwig winery offers a tour and tasting experience with a more personal touch, which is appreciated after visiting some of the larger facilities. You get a sense of pride in what they do and the quality of their product. You can take a private or premium tour of the facilities, which sometimes includes a carriage ride through the vineyards, weather permitting, or just enjoy an in-store tasting of a few of their reserve wines. The Reserve tour includes a guided tour .....around the winery and a tasting of two reserve wines for $12.000 Chilean pesos (~$16 USD). The Premium tour includes 3 wines for $16.000 (~$21 USD) If you just want to taste their wines at the bar without a tour, expect to pay around $1.000 ($1.50 USD) per glass or $2.000 ($3 USD) for reserve wines. In the summer, they are open Monday to Sunday from 09:30 a.m. to 19:30 p.m, and 9:00-19:00 in the winter. Make reservations at least 48 hours in advance. For more information, quotes and reservations, contact: [email protected] Tel: + 56 (72) 823179 Show less
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Estampa Winery
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Estampa Winery, Chile
Estampa Winery, Chile
Estampa Winery, Chile
Estampa Winery, Chile
Estampa Winery, Chile
Estampa Winery, Chile
Vina Estampa Winery is housed in a modern facility, surrounded by vineyards and beautiful grounds. One of the few wineries in the area where you can just drop in for a tasting instead of taking the tour, it’s a great addition to your schedule when you don’t have enough time for a 2-hour visit. If you do wish to take the tour, you’ll get the opportunity to sample the grapes from the vines, compare the leaves and growing conditions of many different varietals before taking a closer look at the facilities .....for winemaking and tasting wines from their different tiers. There isn’t a restaurant on premises, but you can bring along a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. They also offer the opportunity to make your own blend of their wines. The winery tour, including a range of wines to taste, is $12.000 Chilean pesos ($21 USD), or you can opt to do a tasting without the tour for $7.000 Chilean pesos ($12.50 USD). They are open every day from November to April and Tuesday – Saturday from May through October from 9:30am – 5pm. Four tours are given each day at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Reserve at least 24 hours in advance. For more information, quotes and reservations, contact: [email protected] Tel.  (+56 2) 2202 7000 Show less
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Maipo Province
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Maipo Province, Chile
Maipo Province, Chile
Maipo Province, Chile
Maipo Province, Chile
Maipo Province, Chile
Maipo Province, Chile
The best time to visit Chile depends on the region you’re traveling to. due to the length of the country the climates and weather can wary considerably. I would recommend visiting between October and March as its the warmest and most accessible months for those who are heading to Patagonia, whereas if you are travelling to the famous Santiago, the Central Valleys, and the Atacama Desert you could go anytime! 
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Mandarin Oriental, Santiago
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Mandarin Oriental, Santiago, Chile
Mandarin Oriental, Santiago, Chile
Mandarin Oriental, Santiago, Chile
Mandarin Oriental, Santiago, Chile
Mandarin Oriental, Santiago, Chile
Mandarin Oriental, Santiago, Chile
The 5* luxury Mandarin Oriental, located in the upscale neighbourhood of Las Condes, is now welcoming visitors. Recently completed, the impeccable property offers a beautiful outdoor pool area, award-winning restaurants and exquisite rooms. L ying in the lush gardens overlooking the pool and waterfall, the hotel’s AKO Wellness & Spa enjoys a uniquely peaceful setting. Spread over three floors, the spa features five treatment rooms, all with their own sauna facilities. Mandarin Oriental’s second project, an oceanfront resort in Viña del Mar, north of Valparaiso, is also scheduled to open in 2020.
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Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Chile
Machu Picchu, Chile
Machu Picchu, Chile
Machu Picchu, Chile
Machu Picchu, Chile
Machu Picchu, Chile
Visiting Machu Picchu with Kids: What You Need To KnowSeptember 26, 2018By Christina Wagar30 CommentsVisiting Machu Picchu with Kids is often looked at as impractical for many parents. Machu Picchu is one of those destinations that parents decide to “hold-over” until the children are older. But, believe it or not, visiting Machu Picchu with […]Read More »Read More »Peru, South America
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Terminal Alameda Santiago
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Terminal Alameda Santiago, Santiago
Terminal Alameda Santiago, Santiago
Terminal Alameda Santiago, Santiago
Terminal Alameda Santiago, Santiago
Terminal Alameda Santiago, Santiago
With many day trips available from Santiago from surfing on the crystal beaches to skiing in the Andes, another great trip is to the port city of Valparaíso and on to the coastal resort city of Viña del Mar. Particularly enchanted with Valparaíso, why not stay overnight, or in both cities? Such a lovely and relaxing area from the smog, but also the hustle and bustle of Santiago – a separate post on Valparaíso and Viña del Mar fore your discovery.
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Chile
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Chile
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Chile
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Chile
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Chile
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Chile
Then it was on to visit the Museum and find some Moai! The museum was awesome. Coming here first was definitely the right thing to do! We learned a lot–especially since we didn’t know much about the island or the Moai to begin with! Admission was FREE, and they have some artifacts you won’t find anywhere else. They are closed on Mondays, but open every other day of the week. It was sort of a hike from town, but there is signage, and we got to get some blood pumping back through our legs!
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El Morado Natural Monument
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El Morado Natural Monument, Chile
El Morado Natural Monument, Chile
El Morado Natural Monument, Chile
El Morado Natural Monument, Chile
El Morado Natural Monument, Chile
El Morado Natural Monument, Chile
It corresponds to a hyperthermic source classified as medicinal mineral water, evaluated as not apt for drinking, minimum possibilities for watering and recreation of direct contact. The temperature of its waters is approximately 142º F and the pH in laboratory is 7.4. Its appeal is the outcrop to the surface, presenting a lagoon-like aspect. The area in which it is located presents the climate of steppe of height. Located inside the perimeters of the Natural Monument Salar of Surire, on the southern sector. It is 270 km from Arica; the .....access is by route Ch-11 (Arica – Tambo Quemado) and it detours on route A-235 (Puente Lauca – Guallatire – Chilcaya). Show less
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San Pedro de la Paz
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San Pedro de la Paz, Chile
San Pedro de la Paz, Chile
San Pedro de la Paz, Chile
San Pedro de la Paz, Chile
San Pedro de la Paz, Chile
San Pedro de la Paz, Chile
La Paz will have your head spinning almost as soon as you land – and it’s not just due to the altitude at (3660m above sea level). The city is absolute chaos and there’s something to see, hear, witness, or watch at every turn. Trust me when I say you’re in for some serious people watching opportunities.
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Cartagena
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Cartagena, Chile
Cartagena, Chile
Cartagena, Chile
Cartagena, Chile
Cartagena, Chile
Cartagena, Chile
If you want a time warp, here it is. Cartagena is located on the Caribbean coast of Columbia and is home to 16th Century plazas, colourful buildings, and a beach attitude to life. If you want to go where the foreign crowds aren’t, this is one of your best bets. You’ll surely meet plenty of locals here, as it is a popular beachside destination for Columbians year-round (with a tropical climate).   Image Credit: Vayaadventures.com
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Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
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Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal, Santiago
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal, Santiago
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal, Santiago
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal, Santiago
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal, Santiago
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal, Santiago
Santiago is a gift that keeps on giving. Like any good capital city, it’s set in a stunning location, with the towering snow-capped Andes on one side and the Chilean Coastal Range on the other. In the heart of the city, Santiago’s diverse neighbourhoods, each with their own individual flair, provide exciting and surprising discoveries at every turn. Despite its vibrant culture, flourishing arts scene, beautiful parklands, excellent museums, energetic nightlife and multitude of outdoor adventures, this rapidly growing modern city has managed to retain its friendly small-town charm.
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Eduardo Barrios & José Victorino Lastarria
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Where you choose to stay in Santiago all depends on the vibe you’re after and how long you intend on staying. For quick and convenient access to museums, sights and restaurants, the downtown area of El Centro is the place to be. For greenery and elegance, hotels in Providencia cater to a sophisticated crowd, while affluent Las Condes boasts luxury high-rise hotels. Night owls will enjoy staying in the Bellavista and Barrios Lastarria districts.
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Las Condes
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Las Condes, Santiago
Las Condes, Santiago
Las Condes, Santiago
Las Condes, Santiago
Las Condes, Santiago
Las Condes, Santiago
Santiago has plenty of flash malls where you can shop for fashion and lifestyle products under the one roof. Key shopping areas include Las Condes and Providencia. If you’re looking for designer boutiques to rival Rodeo Drive, head to Avenida Alonso de Cordova in Vitacura. For local jewellery, Chilean woollen sweaters and traditional handicrafts, take a wander through the city’s galerias (shopping arcades) and markets, with top picks including Patio Bellavista, Pueblito de los Dominicos and Feria Artesanal Santa Lucia.
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Estación de Ferrocarril Arica - Tacna
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Estación de Ferrocarril Arica - Tacna, Arica
Estación de Ferrocarril Arica - Tacna, Arica
Estación de Ferrocarril Arica - Tacna, Arica
Estación de Ferrocarril Arica - Tacna, Arica
Estación de Ferrocarril Arica - Tacna, Arica
Estación de Ferrocarril Arica - Tacna, Arica
Tacna is a border town just north of Peru.  Dentists and doctors as well as everything else is half-price here compared to Chile. It’s like going from Germany to Poland to do your weekly shopping: a lot of Chileans come here to find a bargain. The image on the left looks a bit out of place but this is the local Mosque in Tacna.
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Azapa Valley
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Azapa Valley, Arica
Azapa Valley, Arica
Azapa Valley, Arica
Azapa Valley, Arica
Azapa Valley, Arica
Azapa Valley, Arica
My taxi from Tacna arrived in Arica on 4 June, 2008. It was quite a hot day which is not unusual in the driest desert in the world. Everything was dry and sandy and the surrounding hills looked completely parched. Arica lies at the foot of the Andes in the Azapa Valley. The city has a major port and this entire region used to belong to Bolivia. The make-up of the population reflects this: there are many indigenous Aymara people and even descendants of former black slaves. Related:Taking a bus to La .....Paz and the Bolivian rainforest from Arica in Chile Show less
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Agro Organic Arica Cia
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There are various daily bus services from Arica to various places in other parts of the country as well as Bolivia, Argentina and Peru. Until recently there was even a direct train to the highest capital city in the world.  The nearest city south towards the capital is Iquique, about 300 kilometers on the Pan-American highway. So in fact Tacna in Peru is closer than the nearest Chilean town. There is also a good public transport system using minibuses and shared taxis. The fare in the minibus was a few pennies and .....the shared taxis hardly cost any more than the bus. Show less
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La Estrella de Arica
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La Estrella de Arica, Arica
La Estrella de Arica, Arica
La Estrella de Arica, Arica
La Estrella de Arica, Arica
La Estrella de Arica, Arica
La Estrella de Arica, Arica
A week after I got back from Santiago, where I spent 10 days on holiday, Totón introduced me to the director of the local newspaper. He told me I could work at the newspaper as an intern for the rest of the summer! I was so impressed! It really confirmed to me that my Spanish improved so much! The entire interview was in Spanish and we had an hour-long conversation about my experience and everything else in between. I covered a few stories with the local journalists and accompanied them to .....meetings with politicians and business people. I really enjoyed the placement as I got to meet the governor of the entire Parinacota district, the mayor and some policemen high up in the hierarchy. Show less
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Colombia
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Colombia, Arica
Colombia, Arica
Colombia, Arica
Colombia, Arica
Colombia, Arica
Colombia, Arica
You might wonder how much this trip, from January to September in the US and South America cost me? Less than £6,000! That included my accommodation in Columbia, Missouri with the food, transportation, flights and trains across the US. Also the flight to Lima, the buses back and forth, rent in Arica and the road trip contributions for Pancho. So if anything is holding you back from travelling, think twice! It is not a huge investment and it is totally worth the experience. Some of the things I did during this .....trip were unforgettable and I will probably never experience them again – but I have no regrets at all. In fact, I would have far more regrets if I hadn’t gone and stayed in cold and rainy Edinburgh! As it turned out 2008 was one of the wettest and coldest summers in the UK! Show less
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La Recova
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La Recova (Mercado La Recova) is a traditional colonial market. Busy and a bit hectic, it is a must-see in La Serena. It is the perfect stop to find those Chilean gifts, as well as a place to eat. This two-story artisanal market was originally built in 1886 and then restored after a 1975 earthquake. Shoppers include a mix of souvenir hunters and locals seeking their groceries. There is a heavy presence of touts targeting tourists. At one point we stopped to talk with a restauranteur. Suddenly, another who had .....handed us menus earlier cut in to lay claim to us as their customers. My daughter is fluent in Spanish, so we have a high awareness of what was said around us. In the end, we ignored them both and enjoyed fabulous empanadas from a small vendor. Show less
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Plaza de Armas de La Serena
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Like nearly every city we visited in Chile, the town centre is the Plaza de Armas. It is here we find both government buildings and the cathedral. In La Serena, it all surrounds an interestingly carved fountain. Plaza de Armas is a place to meet friends, relax, or start your exploration.
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Parque Santa Lucia
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This active military base situated at the top of a hill took us by surprise. For some reason, we expected Mirador Santa Lucia to be an old colonial home. However, the armed men protecting the entrance clarified our mistake. Fortunately, with proper ID (our passports) they allowed us on the base. The main rule was no photos of anything military.
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Faro Monumental
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No longer operational, El Faro still stands proudly at one end of Avenida del Mar. It was built in the early 1950s. We read that visitors can climb to the top and enjoy views from the lighthouse tower. However, not on the day we visited. We wonder if the locked doors were related to the city-wide strike. Regardless, it didn’t stop one of the locals from asking us for money to park on the public road.
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Cruz Del Tercer Milenio
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Ten kilometres to the south sits the colourful beach town of Coquimbo. This fishing town hosts the region’s cruise port. Upon its highest hill stands the 83-metre Third Millenium Cross, (Cruz del Tercer Milenio). It is a memorial to the Christian Faith. We had every intention of driving up to the top of the hill to see the Cruz del Tercer Milenio, but traffic in Coquimbo was hideous. Driving through the streets of Coquimbo on our way to the hill, we made a quick, yet ridiculous decision. What we missed .....was the opportunity to take an elevator to the top the cross with epic views overlooking the Coquimbo and La Serena coasts. However, we did get to see it lit up at night from across the water. Show less
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Elqui Valley Tour (Virtual Office Premiun)
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If we didn’t have a car, or if we had more time, these are the tours that interested us the most. All are well rated by prior customers. Mamalluca Observatory Including Transfers: Without a vehicle, it is difficult to get to any of the observatories. This tour will pick you up and bring you back to your La Serena hotel after listening to a talk and viewing the stars. ⇒ Check price and reviews Elqui Valley Small Group Tour: This 10-hour daytime tour includes a visit to a pisco production plant .....and the Gabriela Mistral museum. It is perfect for those who want to explore the valley during the day and discover the pisco process. Lunch is included.⇒ Check price and reviews Elqui Valley and Vicuña Private Tour Including Lunch: A six-hour private tour customizable for cruise passengers. It visits the Elqui Valley including the Gabriela Mistral museum in Vicuña. Lunch is included.⇒Check price and reviews Show less
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Humboldt Penguin National Reserve
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The opportunity to view Humboldt penguins is what initially brought us to the region. The National Humboldt Penguin Reserve is less than two hours by car from La Serena. It is home to 80% of the world’s Humboldt penguins. Boats take a limited number of daily visitors to Isla Damas, while slowly passing and viewing penguins on Isla Choros and Isla Chañaral. The guide on our boat spoke only Spanish. As I am conversational, and my daughter is fluent in Spanish, we were fine. However, the other option would have been .....to take a tour with an English speaking guide. ⇒Check price and reviews on this highly rated tour Show less
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Epuyén
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Epuyén, Puerto Montt
Epuyén, Puerto Montt
Epuyén, Puerto Montt
Epuyén, Puerto Montt
Epuyén, Puerto Montt
Epuyén, Puerto Montt
It was soon time to continue our paddle up Lake Epuyen. The winds were picking up and the once glassy lake now had a bit of a chop to it. But we were headed in the same direction as the wind and the waves, which all helped our forward momentum. We passed by lone cows grazing on the beach that we thought must be among some of the luckiest cows in the world to have such a view and peaceful existence. Is this why the steak tastes so good here? Maybe so. Talk about free-range!
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Puerto Patriada
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The mate is said to be highly caffeinated. So after glancing at the now turbulent looking lake, I was really hoping this was true. We had a long way to paddle back and now we were heading against the wind and the waves. During the previous kayaking sections earlier in the day, we sat in the open kayak. But now we suited up to be enclosed in the kayak as we fought the rough waters to get back to Puerto Patriada. We were given strict instruction to head into the .....waves head-on or else we would flip. Heather and I were in two separate, single-person kayaks that would make the harsh paddle all the more difficult than those in the tandem kayaks, since they had double the power. So we set off across the lake and did as we were told, hitting the waves straightforward. Each wave we slammed into was another fight as we battled the increasing headwinds. Some of the lake waves felt a bit more like whitewater rafting. As our arms grew tired, the paddle became progressively difficult. This was becoming a serious workout. I mentally marked points on shore to keep track of forward momentum. Minutes would go by where I didn’t seem to move an inch. This was not motivating. I’d want to give my arms a rest to take a 30-second break but I knew doing so would just cause me to go backwards. I dug deep. The paddle was extremely tough for me, so I couldn’t imagine how Heather was handling it. I looked back occasionally and noticed she was lagging far behind to a point where I couldn’t see her anymore. But I wasn’t worried because another guide was sticking right by her side. I just kept on, tried to find some energy from the mate and sweets, and envisioned an ice-cold local beer waiting at for me at the shores of Puerto Patriada. After hours of battling this windswept lake, I was absolutely drained. Then I looked back and noticed Heather was actually now gaining on me pretty quickly. I thought, “How could this be? Okay, I really need to pick it up.” I was giving this all I got. I tried to find the strength and push through the pain to propel my kayak through the rough water. Next thing you know, she was right beside me. Wow! That’s when I noticed the guide was actually towing her. Lol. That explains it. Yet despite being towed, she continued to paddle hard (maybe even harder), not wanting to make the guide do all the tough work. We eventually came to a cove blocked from the wind where we could see our exit point. We were delighted to finally get back on dry land at Puerto Patriada, where this intense workout had thankfully commenced as the sun began to sink behind the surrounding mountains. Notwithstanding the tough kayak back to Puerto Patriada, this was really a splendid and unforgettable day. From gliding through the glassy clear waters to an awesome campfire lunch to jumping off a waterfall, it was all a lot of fun! Show less
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Escultura Sentados Frente al Mar
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Escultura Sentados Frente al Mar, Puerto Montt
Escultura Sentados Frente al Mar, Puerto Montt
Escultura Sentados Frente al Mar, Puerto Montt
Escultura Sentados Frente al Mar, Puerto Montt
Escultura Sentados Frente al Mar, Puerto Montt
Escultura Sentados Frente al Mar, Puerto Montt
After a local La Endemica Galapagos beer by the hotel pool, we grabbed a $0.80 water taxi to nearby Playa de las Alemanes. To get there you’ll walk on a flat path for about five minutes — 15 minutes if you want to spend some time trying to spot iguanas on the giant bed of igneous rock where they nest along the way.  They camouflage very well!
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Agroindustrial Santa Cruz
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If you want to be guaranteed to see Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat, you must visit El Chato in the Santa Cruz Highlands.  The tortoises stop here when migrating across the island, enjoying the shade of the Scalesia forests and the abundance of grass and guava leaves to eat.  One thing to note is the Galapagos actually gets its name from these giant tortoises, as early explorers named the islands using the old Spanish word for tortoise (“galapago”).  Actually, the Galapagos Islands would be a very different place without these “gardeners of the .....Galapagos,” spreading seeds, light and even insects for birds to eat as they move through plants.  Show less
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Manquehue Hotel Puerto Montt
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Manquehue Hotel Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt
Manquehue Hotel Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt
Manquehue Hotel Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt
Manquehue Hotel Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt
Manquehue Hotel Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt
Manquehue Hotel Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt
While we only had the included breakfast at this rooftop restaurant, it was so good! I usually don’t eat French toast or pancakes, but these were the best I ever had. Moreover, the service is outstanding, and they feature telescopes for a closer view out toward the water. They open for dinner at 6:30pm. 
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La Palma
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Located a bit closer to the mainland, there was originally a giant Decameron Resort built on Isla Palma.  However, the building, made of wood, faced problems and had to be closed.  There is now a newer resort as well as a hostel run by locals operating on the island.  The island has a very neat beach area and a marine biologist friend who has done some work in the islands told me the former Decameron Resort has a sort Jurassic Park overgrown look with animals (no dinosaurs) and vegetation having .....taken it back over.  If we go back to the islands, it’s something I’d like to check out.  See below for the two places to stay in the San Bernardo Islands on Isla Palma. Show less
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Flower clock
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Flower clock, Santiago
Flower clock, Santiago
Flower clock, Santiago
Flower clock, Santiago
Flower clock, Santiago
Flower clock, Santiago
Valparaiso is a delightful World Heritage site with funicular elevators that connect El Plan (the flat city centre) to a colourful chaotically planned city above. The upper city is a photographer’s dream with crumbling mansions, cobblestone alleyways and a labyrinth of narrow winding streets.
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