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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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Interlude: Chilean E-Spanish

Written by SeenThat on 01 Apr, 2011

I have reviewed several South American countries until now. Invariably, on the paper they all seem similar. They use Spanish or Portuguese as main languages, where ruthlessly colonized by Spain or Portugal, eradicated native cultures, gained independence early in the 19th century and since then…Read More


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Barrio Brasil

Written by LenR on 26 Oct, 2009

This is a mixed residential neighbourhood to the west of the city centre. It was once fairly affluent but the middle-classes moved out some decades ago. This was compounded when the Via Norte-Sur highway was constructed separating the area from the city centre. The western…Read More


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City Streets and Plazas

Written by LenR on 26 Oct, 2009

South American cities seem more alive than those in say Australia and the US and I have concluded that this is because of the European design of plazas and squares that can be seen in almost all of them. This encourages people to get out…Read More


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Holley

Written by LenR on 26 Oct, 2009

This is a pedestrian area off Avenue Providencia which has two different personalities. By day it is a pleasant place to walk amongst the boutiques and cute half-timbered teashops while at night it becomes a haven for night clubbers and others. I was told that…Read More


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Surface Transport

Written by LenR on 26 Oct, 2009

Apart from the metro, buses are the only other public transport option. The Transantiago system has standardized bus routes and combined local (feeder) bus lines, main bus lines and the subway network. It includes an integrated fare system, which allows passengers to make bus-to-bus or…Read More


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Underground Railway (Metro)

Written by LenR on 26 Oct, 2009

The Santiago metro is an excellent system which is easy for foreigners to use. We bought a ticket and boarded the correct train after only 30 minutes in the city. There are several lines but the two of most interest to visitors will be line…Read More


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Various Buildings

Written by LenR on 26 Oct, 2009

Santiago has an impressive architectural array particularly in the central city around the Plaza de Armas. The following four buildings are all worth a look.The central post office (Correo Central) fronts the Plaza and is built on the site of Pedro de Valdivia’s house. A…Read More


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Trendy Santiago

Written by TwoIdiots on 19 Sep, 2009

The Central Market in Santiago was fun. The taxi driver dropped us off at the touristy end of the market; we then crossed the bridge and went to the section for locals. The place seemed to be a pick pockets’ haven since we were warned…Read More


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Sailing a Tall Ship Across the Southern Ocean

Written by Noreen H on 22 Oct, 2008

Tallship Soren Larsen voyage - Have you ever dreamed of going to sea? Have you ever thought about an adventure across the Pacific? As of today, february 24th, we are embarking on a the adventure of a lifetime! I have been cook on Soren now…Read More


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Easter Island

Written by statesidecruiser on 11 May, 2008

Easter Island is one of the most remote of the inhabited places on earth. Only some 150 square miles in area, it lies in the Pacific Ocean, 2,000 miles off the west coast of South America and 1,250 miles from the nearest inhabitable land of…Read More


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