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Rachel Harris

Rachel Harris
(510) 292-4488

Originally from the backwoods of Maine, Rachel now resides in a distinctly metropolitan area in Santiago, Chile. After a few years in Mozambique with the Peace Corps, she visited South America, fell for the Chilean culture, and decided to stick around. In her spare time, Rachel can usually be found reading, outdoors, reading outdoors, strumming her ukulele, or on a quest for the next great microbrew.

Most Recent Posts:

End of the Argentina Reciprocity Fee for U.S. Travelers

Posted by on March 31st, 2016

As of March 24, 2016 the Argentine government will no longer charge a $160 reciprocity fee of U.S. passport holders who are visiting the country for less than 90 days. This fee, which was implemented in 2008, has been suspended until further notice as part of an effort to strengthen relations between Argentina and the […]

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Recommended Listening in South American Music

Posted by on March 3rd, 2016

OK, big disclaimer: We’re not even going to be scratching the surface of the surface here. Latin America has an extraordinary history of musical output. Sometimes we just feel like we have to share some of it for those who might not be familiar. Here, in no particular order, is some great stuff from a […]

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A Unique Stay at Torres del Paine’s EcoCamp

Posted by on October 22nd, 2015

Torres del Paine National Park, located in the south of Chile, is incredibly beautiful and a highlight of any trip to Patagonia. There are plenty of options for lodging in and around the park, and many of them offer a distinct experience. On a recent trip I stayed at EcoCamp, a property composed of individual […]

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Ecuador is the New Name in Artisan Chocolate

Posted by on December 16th, 2014
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When I think about really good chocolate (a not infrequent occurrence), my thoughts tend to drift toward Europe. Belgian chocolate, German chocolate, Italian chocolate: these are the gold standards of fine gourmet confectionery. These countries don’t actually produce the cocoa used in their products, however. Theobroma cacao, the cocoa tree, grows best in very particular […]

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Isla Negra, the Unusual Seaside Home of Pablo Neruda

Posted by on April 29th, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to visit La Casa de Isla Negra, the seaside home of Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. It is said to have been his favorite of the three houses he occupied in Chile, and the one where he spent the most time – and it’s easy to see why. The […]

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Pro Mujer: Changing Lives Through Microloans

Posted by on December 20th, 2013

Microfinance has proven to be a powerful engine of change in the fight against global poverty.  The idea is that with a small loan for use as startup capital, individuals who have no collateral and are considered “not credit-worthy” by traditional financial institutions will be able to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.  […]

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