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Visiting Chile

A search for the end of the earth turns up Chile, snaking from a desert north to glacier-strewn Patagonia in the south. Sandwiched between the Andes and the Pacific, the world’s longest country offers everything from a lake district to ski slopes—and direct flights to famously remote Easter Island. A search for the end of the earth turns up Chile, snaking from a desert north to glacier-strewn Patagonia in the south. Sandwiched between the Andes and the Pacific, the world’s longest country offers everything from a lake district to ski slopes—and direct flights to famously remote Easter Island.    Close

Stories and Tips Chile

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Funiculee funicular in Valparaiso

Written by catsholiday on 11 Aug, 2013

Funicular lift or Ascensor in ValparaisoValparaiso is built on a hill ascending from the busy port area. Most of the houses are up the hillsides. In order to allow the residents easy access to their homes from their jobs down in the city and port,…Read More


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Renting a Car

Written by Mandan Lynn on 11 Nov, 2011

Due to some bizarre circumstances that colored and defined our time in Chile, we needed to rent a car in Valparaiso to drive to Santiago and retrieve our luggage before continuing on to Buenos Aires. We wandered into Viña del Mar, following maps that should…Read More


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Grocery Shopping and Picnicking

Written by Mandan Lynn on 11 Nov, 2011

If you catch a nice day, you need to swing by the Botanical Gardens on the university campus. There is a fantastic variety of trees and plants, and paths that wander through the wilderness. Pack a picnic and make a day of it.Packing a picnic…Read More


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San Pedro de Atacama

Written by SeenThat on 02 May, 2011

There is no reason for traveling to the Atacama Desert, or to any other desert. The drier the arid region is, the less it has to offer to the traveler and Atacama is the driest desert on earth. This became evident in the first two…Read More


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The Navel of the World

Written by fargazmo on 28 Apr, 2011

Easter Island is expensive to reach, expensive to stay on, and a bit of a hassle to get to. If you don't speak any Spanish, you'll probably have a hard time getting around, since almost nobody there speaks any English. All that said,…Read More


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On Volcanoes, Apostles and an Oasis

Written by SeenThat on 10 Apr, 2011

By far, San Pedro de Atacama is the most identified settlement with the Atacama Desert. This is odd, since it actually occupies a small area which is not part of the desert. Most of the human settlements in the Atacama Desert are along the coast…Read More


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Caramba! Copper in Calama

Written by SeenThat on 10 Apr, 2011

Mining towns seldom are touristic attractions. There are good reasons for that. Usually they are quite polluted; dust from the works can ruin even the bluest skies. Most of their populations work in mining or related positions and would probably avoid encounters with nosy travelers…Read More


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Saltpeter, Sweat and Shores

Written by SeenThat on 10 Apr, 2011

Near Antofagasta things get the wettest in Atacama, with an astounding 1mm (roughly 1/25 of an inch) of rain in many of the years recorded. A spitting llama (they spit whatever they are eating at the eyes of any supposed aggressor, more often than not…Read More


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Up and Out

Written by SeenThat on 09 Apr, 2011

Making forth and back trips to special destinations is by and large a bad idea. The repetition of sights during the trip back would give the feeling of wasted time. Sometimes this can be justified by taking alternate routes round a major landmark. By doing…Read More


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Ochre Hues

Written by SeenThat on 09 Apr, 2011

There is something unsettling in deserts. We can see colors and enjoy watching them in their full glory. Yet, the first sight of a desert is shocking, at least to lovers of greenery: emptiness and desolation; faded earthly colors and a worryingly void of greens…Read More


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