Luxury Atacama hotel, Chile: Tierra Atacama

Posted by on July 16th, 2013
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Chile is incredibly diverse in its landscape. Traveling west to east (a maximum of 217 miles at its widest point) one travels from the Pacific Ocean to the towering Andes. Traveling south to north one can go from the windblown end of the earth in Patagonia to the driest place on earth: the Atacama Desert. Surprisingly, […]

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Easter Island: debunking the myths

Posted by on June 7th, 2013

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as it is known in Polynesian, must be one of the most enigmatic places on earth. Thousands of miles from anything, including the Chile coast, and littered with almost 900 moai, the angular figures carved from volcanic tuff which have made the island world-renowned, it is a deeply haunting place. […]

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A guide to shopping in Santiago

Posted by on June 5th, 2013
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Downtown Santiago is about as globalized as it comes in South America, and international brand names abound. Scratch the surface, however, and you’ll also find that there is plenty to buy that is distinctly Chilean. Shopping in Santiago is a very rewarding experience. Lapis lazuli Chile and Afghanistan are only countries in the world with […]

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A visit to Isla Chiloe in Chile’s Lake District

Posted by on June 2nd, 2013

I recently had a chance to visit Chile‘s mythical island in the Lake District called Isla Chiloe. Among other places, I went to see and stay at a new high-end hotel, Refugia, located in a tucked away and picturesque area of the main island of Chiloe, roughly 20 minutes by car from Castro, the island’s […]

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New Hotels in Puerto Natales

Posted by on April 3rd, 2013

One of our most popular itineraries, the Highlights of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, includes a one night stay in the charming fishing village of Puerto Natales. Over the last few years Puerto Natales has seen a boom in boutique, all-inclusive hotels that cater to travelers on their way to the nearby Torres del Paine National […]

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Film review: La Nana (Chile 2009)

Posted by on March 22nd, 2013
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I watched La Nana (The Maid) knowing nothing about it or its reputation. I was enchanted by the performance of the lead actress and by the humorous script (the same things, I would later learn, that have enchanted audiences around the world) but I was also reminded of the extremely well-drawn class divisions in Chile. […]

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Exploring Santiago, Chile

Posted by on February 15th, 2013
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Chile is famous for its lakes, its mountains, its wines and its deserts, but its capital goes largely unnoticed. True, most people who visit Chile visit Santiago but it isn’t usually afforded many days on their itinerary. Santiago has the reputation of being polluted and a little dull. It cannot be denied that in the […]

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Flights to Chiloe, Chile

Posted by on November 28th, 2012

On November 7, 2012, Lan Chile Airlines began offering four weekly flights to Chiloe.  The flight departs Santiago and makes a quick stop in Puerto Montt before arriving to Chiloe. Chiloe Chiloe Island is the largest island of Chiloe Archipelago off the coast of Chile, in the Pacific Ocean.  This island has a rich and […]

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Phone number changes in Ecuador and Chile

Posted by on November 28th, 2012

If you have friends or family in Ecuador or Chile, or if you travel there for business or pleasure, you might want to make yourself aware of the changes that have been going on to the phone systems in those countries.  The following will help explain the changes that have been made. Ecuador As of […]

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Discovering Chile with the Poetry of Pablo Neruda

Posted by on November 26th, 2012
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Neruda is a very accessible poet. Not only is his verse – centring as it does around nature and human emotions – quite easy to understand, even in Spanish, but there is also a delightful, if somewhat fantastical, movie about him (Il Postino). His politics, too, were worn on his sleeve: a passionate communist and […]

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