Chile

A Traditional Chilean Culinary Class

Posted by on December 12th, 2019

A reporter once asked famed chef Anthony Bourdain what his least favorite cuisine was. He replied that he didn’t have a least favorite cuisine, but when pressed, he said he found Chilean cuisine “boring.” I’ve lived in Chile for four years at the time of writing this post. While it is true that the capital,… Read Full Post

Willy Rojas: the Guardian Angel of Cajon de Maipo Travelers

Posted by on July 25th, 2019

The Chilean people, while not being overwhelmingly religious in modern culture, have deep roots in the Christian faith, with 54% of the population identifying as Roman Catholic. This is evident by the solemn dedication the Chilean people have toward honoring the dead. While traveling through the Chilean countryside in a winding road up into the… Read Full Post

Easter Island Unique Entry Form

Posted by on June 27th, 2019

One of the remotest inhabited islands on earth, Easter Island, is a diminutive 63 square miles located over 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile, in the South Pacific. The island was “discovered” by Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen on Easter day in 1722, but it was already populated by the Rapa Nui tribe at that… Read Full Post

Santiago Metropolitan Park

Posted by on May 6th, 2019

The Santiago Metropolitan Park, which stretches across 1,780 acres, is currently the largest metropolitan park in South America. The park has two main entrances, located at Pio Nono 450 in the Recoleta neighborhood and Pedro de Valdivia Norte in the Providencia neighborhood. The northern end of each road (Pio Nono and Pedro de Valdivia Norte)… Read Full Post

The Three Houses of Pablo Neruda

Posted by on November 15th, 2017

He who does not travel, who does not read, who does not listen to music, who does not find grace in himself, she who does not find grace in herself, dies slowly. “Die Slowly” by Pablo Neruda In Chile, Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904-September 23, 1973) is a beloved poet, politician, and personality. He started… Read Full Post

Restaurants of the Casablanca Wine Valley

Posted by on June 29th, 2017

Located only about a 1.5 hour drive from Chile’s capital Santiago, the Casablanca Wine Valley is a great place to eat. Here you can find excellent Chilean dishes expertly paired with wines produced by the local Casablanca vineyards. If you have a free day while in Santiago (or even a free afternoon), it is highly… Read Full Post

2016 Vaya Photo Contest Winners!

Posted by on February 2nd, 2017

From the stiff breeze of Patagonia at the bottom of the Southern Cone, to the lush green landscapes surrounding Machu Picchu, all the way up to colorful markets of Colombia and everywhere in between, this year’s photo contest made it difficult for us to choose the winners.  In no specific order, here are the winners… Read Full Post

A day and night in the Colchagua Wine Valley

Posted by on January 27th, 2017

Located just 3 hours south of Santiago can be found one of the top wine producing valleys in Chile, the Colchagua Valley.  A visit here is definitely worth the time, especially if you like red wine.  The “capital” of this wine region is Santa Cruz where you will find many small boutique hotels to stay… Read Full Post

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) – A complete disconnect!

Posted by on June 7th, 2016

Thinking back to a past trip that has left countless memories in my mind inspired this blog post. A few years back I had the opportunity to spend a week in the very remote Falkland Islands. In this far off destination, one must arrive and depart on a Saturday on the one commercial flight in… Read Full Post

Glacier Trekking on the Carretera Austral

Posted by on April 11th, 2016

The only road that provides access to Chilean Patagonia, the Carretera Austral is a breathtaking journey through the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, volcanoes, glaciers, and fjords of southern Chile. It is a largely underexplored and relatively unknown region of the country, due in great part to its limited accessibility. This is a shame, because it… Read Full Post