Valparaíso: South American Dining Mecca

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

You know there’s something going on in a city’s dining scene when the NYT’s gets wind of it. This week’s travel section highlighted the Chilean port city of Valparaíso where, with over 40 new restaurants in Cerro Concepción and Cerro Alegre alone, the city’s foodie scene is firmly in resurgent mode. “Unesco made Valparaíso’s historic […]

Chile’s Atacama Desert Is Out Of This World

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

So, I’ve recently figured out a lot about myself. For starters, I’m a sucker for rice terraces, any kind of non-English pop music always sounds better to me for whatever reason, traditional dancing of any kind will mesmerize me, and my newest personal factoid: I dig weird landscapes. I recently found some amazing pictures of Chile’s Atacama […]

Don’t Forget Your Floaty Rings: The World’s Largest Pool

Saturday, October 3, 2009

This isn’t your Aunt June’s backyard pool The Guinness record-holding, man-made “lagoon” measures 3,324 feet in length and covers over twenty acres at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile. Now that’s a pool. This bad boy comes with nothing but surprises. It’s not chlorine, as I first suspected. It’s actually a patented […]

Top 6 Beach Towns In Chile

Thursday, May 21, 2009

It’s not exactly a secret, but when most people think of Chile, incredible beaches and cool coastal towns do not usually pop into their head (despite the fact that the country has about 4,000 miles of Pacific coastline). As Cathy explains in this Matador article, these towns have inspired poetry (Neruda – Isla Negra), offered […]

Videos From The South or Videos From Places I’d Rather Be On My Birthday

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Well it’s not officially my birthday yet for another hour — unless you’re in the Canadian Maritimes, in which case let the revelry begin — but I thought I’d go ahead and imagine spending it in a couple of places I’d rather be today, an annual tradition that I usually partake in given the fact […]

Zip Line Adventures On The Slopes Of Osorno Volcano

Monday, June 16, 2008

A Canopy Adventure in Chile By Valerie Martin “I don’t want to do it!” Fara hissed.  The French tourist’s eyes widened with fear as we stood on a wooden platform, 1000 feet above sea level, on the western slope of the Osorno volcano. Glacier-capped Osorno is often referred to as the Chilean Mount Fuji. It’s […]

Santiago: The Capital Of Laid-Back Life

Monday, January 21, 2008

Though Chile is known for its laid-back attitude, it doesn’t take long for one to discover its vibrant culture. By Matt Stabile Let’s just say I was already feeling a little light-headed before I found myself thousands of feet in the air, looking out over the Andes Mountains. Buenos Aires is not exactly known as […]

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