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Talcahuano – Where the Milky Way Takes You Straight to Sea Lions

The first thing I did in Concepción was to leave Concepción. Initially, it was accidental. Since I didn’t know the city at all, I started the day at the Plaza de la Independencia, the local “Plaza de Armas”, aka the centre of everything. There was a tourist info centre, so I stopped by to ask for a map. Concepción really welcomes tourists. At the bus terminal, I was overloaded with brochures and recommendations. Downtown, the tourist info centre apparently hadn’t helped anyone in a while and I w...
Tags: Travel, Chile, Sea Lions, Pacific Ocean, Concepcion, South America 2018-2019, Talcahuano, Plaza de la Independencia, Vía Láctea, Concepción Thirty, South American sea

South America Day 44 Cerro San Cristbal

Its our last day in Chile and were going to Cerro San Cristobal a park on a hill on the edge of the city reached by a funicular railway.First breakfast from the mini market over the road. The old man buys a cake tossed in a thick coating of ic
Tags: Travel, Chile, Cerro San Cristóbal, Cerro San Cristbal

Concepción, Middle Chile – Finding the Bus is Half the Fun

After a week in Santiago, I felt the urge to go somewhere new, somewhere south but not that south that I would need winter clothes (remember, in Chile, north is hot and south is cold!) Concepción, Chile’s second-largest city, seemed like a good compromise—a six-hour bus ride isn’t a huge commitment and I rented a studio for a few days easily. I should have guessed it wouldn’t be a smooth trip just based on the bus ticket purchase. A few days before the random travel date I had picked, I went to ...
Tags: Travel, Santiago, Chile, Expedia, Mark, Concepción Chile, Concepcion, Valdivia, La Serena, La Alameda, South America 2018-2019, San Borja, Concepción Middle Chile, Pullman Sur, Pullman Tur, Tribunales

Things to do in northern Patagonia

In Chile, local legend tells how that land came to be. In the beginning, God created the world and all its natural wonders. When he finished, he realized he had many leftover pieces: oceans, rivers, mountains, lakes, deserts, rocks, glaciers. Rather than let them go to waste, God put them all together and cast them off to the most remote corner of the world. And so Chile was born. Spend enough time in Chile and you’re sure to understand how this myth arose. The South American country has man...
Tags: Travel, United States, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Pacific, Lake District, Louvre, Leon, All, Chiloe, Andes, Torres, Valle, Puerto Montt, Torres del Paine National Park

Best places for solo female travel

As much as we love travel, there’s no denying it can be tough. That goes double for solo travelers. And double that for solo female travelers. Going it alone can make a trip that much more enriching and empowering, encourage you to take risks and make new friends along the way, but choosing the right first adventure is crucial to ensure solo travel doesn’t leave a bitter taste in your mouth. For women, no matter how fearless, that probably means picking someplace safer than most, at least mod...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Singapore, Israel, Tel Aviv, Ireland, Santiago, Chile, New Zealand, Denmark, South America, Michelin, Dublin, Copenhagen, Kerry, Costa Rica

A Week of Very Santiago Moments

Most people in Santiago are walking around with groceries in their arms or holding overfilled tiny plastic bags normally used for bread or veggies. As of February 3, all plastic bags are banned in retail business in Chile, but it takes a while to adapt and remember to bring a reusable bag. In theory, supermarkets were supposed to sell paper bags, but most run out of them after a few days. A new market is emerging, though—kids selling reusable bags in front of supermarkets. Stuck with groceries ...
Tags: Travel, Santiago, Chile, Latin America, South America 2018-2019, Monjitas Santiago Kids, Santa Rosa Santiago Complete, Calle Amunátegui Santiago Every, Universidad de Chile Santiago, Bondfire

Holiday ideas for fitness fanatics

While a relaxing holiday is perfect for some, if lying by a pool just isn’t for you and you need a little more of an adventure, you are in the right place. Exploring your adventurous side on a healthy, active break can be just as soul cleansing as a beach holiday, and you get to try new things and explore your passions in amazing new locations all over the world. So why not be brave and for your next trip book an exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping sports trip. Hike the Inca Trail in Peru Top of a...
Tags: Travel, New York, Santiago, Chile, Manhattan, Peru, North America, Machu Picchu, Travel Blog, Inca Trail, Travel Health, Andes, San Ramon, Sacred Valley, Marique, Ojos del Salado

The Colourful Murals of Barrio Brasil

Santiago is getting seriously crowded. It’s not just the Canadian in me speaking—“Oh, my God, two or more people are walking in the street, must run away to a safe, empty place!”—, Chile’s capital has been experiencing a massive population boom in recent years. All around Latin America, the word got around that the economy is doing okay, no political coup can be foreseen, and the weather is nice. Old one- or two-storey buildings are being torn down, the new typical Santiago apartment is on the 2...
Tags: Travel, China, Santiago, Chile, Latin America, Plaza de Armas, Barrio Brasil, Haussman, South America 2018-2019, San Cristóbal Hill Providencia

Everything You Need to Know to do the Torres del Paine Trek

You are in for a treat if you head to Patagonia to trek. The O and W Circuits in Torres del Paine are nothing short of spectacular. They aren’t easy multi-day hikes, especially with full backpacks but they sure are bucket list worthy. It’s time consuming researching the Torres del Paine trek – be it the O Circuit or the W circuit. I always had questions I could never find the answers for online so I hope this blog post makes your life easier.  Here’s everything you need to know to do the To...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Santiago, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, John, Ariel, Alberta, Buenos Aires, Italiano, Grey, Trekking, Don, Frances

The Cute and Cuddly Cats of La Vega Central

Remember what I said in Argentina and Uruguay about the nearly complete absence of catcalls? Apparently, Chilean men didn’t get the message that catcalling isn’t a compliment. And it’s not like I meet local beauty standards as well (long, dark hair, lipstick, platform shoes), so I’m guessing Chilean women have it worse. It’s funny how the human mind works—after five catcalls in a row one day, I started to pay attention to… cats. I was in La Vega Central, Santiago’s giant fruit and vegetable mark...
Tags: Travel, Santiago, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Pacific Ocean, La Vega Central, La Vega Chica, South America 2018-2019, Cuddly Cats of La Vega Central, La Vega Central Santiago, Mercado Central de Santiago, Avenida Recoleta

Londres 38 – Santiago’s Creepiest House

The scariest movies aren’t necessarily gory or full of mask-wearing dudes chasing potential victims armed with their weapon of choice—a disturbing atmosphere or a theme that taps into our deepest fears can keep you awake at night long after the credits rolled. Santiago’s creepiest house is a mansion located in an otherwise tiny, lovely neighbourhood, barrio París-Londres. It’s actually just a couple of cobblestone-paved streets behind the former orchard of the Iglesia de San Francisco, one of th...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Santiago, Chile, Iglesia de San Francisco, Pinochet, Londres, La Alameda, Calle Londres, South America 2018-2019, Creepiest House, Londres It, Inteligencia Nacional DINA

The Coup, The Struggle for Democracy and a New Beginning – Santiago’s Museo De La Memoria Y Los Derechos Humanos

Forty-five years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to roam around freely in Latin America—unless the other me had had a taste for military dictatorship tourism, and I don’t think she would have. Forty-five years ago, the US-backed Plan Cóndor implemented a campaign of political repression and state terror involving intelligence operations and assassination of opponents in most of South America. Forty-five years ago, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay were right-wing dictatorshi...
Tags: Travel, US, Santiago, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, South America, Uruguay, Central America, Latin America, Augusto Pinochet, Colombia Peru, Forty, La Moneda, Argentina Chile, Derechos Humanos

5 of the best restaurants in Santiago de Chile

With its lunar landscape deserts to the north and its dazzling glacial mountain ranges to the south, Chile is a fabulous place to vacation. And if you know where to go, it’s also a great place to dine. Chilean cuisine is as diverse as its geography. Its innovatory chefs come armed with a blend of […] The post 5 of the best restaurants in Santiago de Chile appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Restaurants, Santiago, Chile, Luxury, Food And Drink, South America, Michelin Star, Michelin Stars, Regions, Going Out, Travel Miscellany, Santiago de Chile

In a Parallel Universe

Don’t tell me about the winter storm that swept across America and Canada. Trust me, I know. First, I received an email from the school board: “Gee, don’t even think about sending your kid to school, are you crazy or what?” (Okay, the official wording was “Alert – OCDSB Schools and Buildings CLOSED). An email from Mark’s school followed: “No, but like seriously, we’re not taking your kid, good luck, eh!” (I may be paraphrasing; the official object was “URGENT: Schools Closed Feb. 13th, heavy sno...
Tags: Travel, America, Canada, Santiago, Chile, Nikon, Ottawa, Mark, Feng, La Serena, La Alameda, South America 2018-2019, Santiago Best

Facepalm Moment in Santiago

How many times have I stayed in Santiago? Five, ten times, maybe? I know the city pretty well. Like, for instance, I can explain you that the main avenue is Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins, but that absolutely everyone refers to it as “La Alameda,” which can be confusing for tourists who are trying to say “General Bernardo O’Higgins” with a Spanish accent and are promptly directed to a street with a completely different name, as if it was a practical joke. The 7.77-kilometre-long a...
Tags: Travel, Santiago, Chile, North, Buenos Aires, Feng, Santa Lucia, La Serena, La Alameda, Avenida Libertador, Bernardo O'Higgins, South America 2018-2019, West of San Francisco Church, Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral Cerro Santa Lucía, Biblioteca Nacional de Chile, Torre Entel

Best wine bars in New York City

New York City is full of dive bars with happy hours, beer and shot specials, and well drinks galore. But sometimes, you just want to have a nice glass of wine and drink it in an establishment that will have more than the house chardonnay. While atmosphere is key, people assume all wine bars are pretentious and expensive, and they’re often apprehensive about going inside if they aren’t knowledgeable enough about wine. Yes, New York City can be expensive, as can wine, but there plenty of places...
Tags: Travel, New York, France, New York City, Georgia, Spain, Brooklyn, Chile, Italy, James Murphy, Eastern Europe, All, Wineries, Williamsburg, New York Ny, Brooklyn NY

How to Spend a Day at the End of the World in Punta Arenas, Chile

Chances are high if you’re planning a visit to Patagonia that you’ll fly from Santiago into Punta Arenas, Chile – a seaside city known as the “end of the world.” It certainly has that sense about it. It’s both bigger, windier and more colourful than I imagined it to be with an overriding sense of loneliness about it, largely because I hardly saw a soul, except on the boardwalk late in the afternoon. Despite its location near the tip of South America, it’s still another 2,000 kilometres from Anta...
Tags: Travel, Santiago, Chile, Antarctica, Patagonia, South America, John, Alberta, Darwin, Shackleton, Magellan, Don, Fodor, South Georgia Island, Scot, Strait

Beach Bumming in the Región de Coquimbo — “Turn Right, Third Cactus on the Left”

“It’s easy, really. Climb the hill with cactus all the way to the top. Then you’ll reach the Panamericana.” Right, totally normal, really. I do that every day, hiking up a rocky hill dotted with cactus taller than me. Everything is my fault. This is what happened. In the morning… okay, at noon, I walked from the cabañas to the main street, Francisco de Aguirre. This is basically the crossroad between the beach (left) and the city centre (straight). This is also where you’ll find plenty of colect...
Tags: Travel, Santiago, Chile, Vamos, Coquimbo, La Serena, Farruko, Ilha de Santa Catarina, Pedro Capo, South America 2018-2019, Francisco de Aguirre, Región de Coquimbo, Totorallilo, Cierra la pantalla Abre la Medalla Todo, Coquimbo Phew, Coquimbo Walking

Coquimbo, Its Giant Cross and the Fish Market

In La Serena, there’s the Faro Monumental, the big lighthouse that marks the beginning of Avenida del Mar and provides an endless source of inspiration for tacky souvenirs. But at the other end of the 11-kilometre-long beach, on top of a hill, there’s another city with another giant structure and, I suspected, another batch of tacky souvenirs—Coquimbo and the Cruz del Tercer Milenio. I Googled it—I had never heard of it. Apparently, the cross built in 2001 to mark the 2,000 years since the birth...
Tags: Travel, Chile, Vatican, South America, Jesus, Pacific Ocean, Cristo Redentor, Coquimbo, La Serena, South America 2018-2019, Tercer Milenio, Aldunate Hills of Coquimbo, Aldunate Church of Guayacán, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel Hills, Puerto de Coquimbo La Serena, Coquimbo Caleta de Coquimbo

La Serena, Where Everybody Knows Your Name (How??)

La Serena isn’t some pueblito in the Atacama Desert—Chile’s second-oldest city is the capital of the Coquimbo Region and it has a population of nearly 200,000 (400,000 for the Greater La Serena). Yet, it feels like a small town. Case in point, I was walking on the beach when I saw someone taking pictures of the Faro Monumental with a fancy DSLR. Since he was using a Nikon similar to mine, I thought he was my chance to get the classic tourist shot in front of the big lighthouse. He obliged me, th...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Chile, Patagonia, Nikon, Atacama Desert, La Serena, Southern Chile, South America 2018-2019, Coquimbo Region, Greater La Serena

Most romantic cities in the world

It’s time to end the City of Love’s monopoly on romance. It’s not that Paris hasn’t earned its reputation as a couples magnet; it’s just that the world is full of cities that could have been designed by Cupid himself, and it’s about time they get the recognition they deserve. Between major metropolises that have been overlooked by honeymooners for far too long and small, storybook cities that’ll make anyone go full-on soppy, these romantic destinations are perfect for lovebirds. 1. Mostar, B...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Danube, Budapest, Chile, Paris, West Bank, Cape Town, Pacific, Cupid, Central America, Romantic Trips, Table Mountain, Antigua, Osaka, All

La Serena, Its Giant Lighthouse and the Pacific Ocean

I’m glad I took a chance on La Serena—it paid off. You never know, with coastal cities. Sometimes, the beach locals rave about is small and dirty, sometimes you end up in a tiny, overpriced town along with hordes of tourists, sometimes port cities are run down and dodgy. But La Serena is lovely. I didn’t have a map, so after dropping off my backpack in the spare bedroom, I headed straight to what looked like the main avenue, Francisco de Aguirre. There were two signs: “Plaza de Armas,” straight,...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Oregon, US, Santiago, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Coquimbo, La Serena, South America 2018-2019, La Serena Much, Francisco de Aguirre

South America Day 33 Pirque

Our time in Argentina is over today we fly to Chile. Our departure is bittersweet weve had a great time with the exception of the thefts and their continuing fallout. Next we have 5 days in the Santiago region. Plan A involved a leisurely drive in
Tags: Travel, Santiago, Chile, Argentina, Pirque

People Go Crazy for “Churrascas” in La Serena

If you see people waiting in line in La Serena, join the queue—chances are you’ll be soon eating the best churrascas you’ve ever had. What, you’ve never had a churrasca? Well, neither did I, until two nights ago. But trust the French expert, this delicious stovetop bread is addictive. On my first night in La Serena, I was walking along the aptly named Avenida del Mar when I smelled the delicious aroma of freshly baked bread. I looked around—was there a bakery somewhere I had missed? But in fact,...
Tags: Travel, Food, Chile, La Serena, South America 2018-2019, Plaza de Armas La Serena, Plaza de Armas La Serena Churrascas, Plaza de Armas La Serena Another, Plaza de Armas La Serena Margarine

How to End Up in Someone’s Spare Bedroom 500 Kilometres North of Santiago

It’s pitch dark outside, which is a sure sign it’s way too early to be up, packing. I hope I’ll be able to find a taxi. I hope I won’t get lost in the maze of the San Borja bus terminal. I hope I’ll find the right bus—apparently, mine says “Iquique” (even though I’m going to La Serena) and it should arrive at platform 35 (or 41, or 24, according to the company’s employee). I hope I’m making the right move, because I have no idea where I’m going. I spent four nights in Santiago and I took surpris...
Tags: Travel, Spain, Santiago, Chile, Brazil, Expedia, Serena, Mark, Feng, Estella, Iquique, La Serena, South America 2018-2019, San Borja, Ovalle Sorry Ovalle, Santiago Between Santiago

A Rollercoaster of Emotions in Santiago

I’m on a rollercoaster of emotions when I arrive in Santiago, after the border crossing. I love this city, but I’ve never experienced it alone even if I entertained fantasies about moving here—“be realistic, Juliette!” “Yes, Feng…”. It’s 40⁰C, the taxi driver is talking way too fast and once again, I realize that even though I know the city very well, it’s going to take me a bit of time to adjust to Chile. “I’m from Argentina,” the taxi driver says apropos of nothing, as if he wanted to confuse ...
Tags: Travel, China, Russia, Canada, Santiago, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Expedia, Liechtenstein, Mark, Andes, Mendoza, Juliette, Calle Catedral, South America 2018-2019

The Spectacular Border Crossing Between Argentina and Chile – Stuck on Top of the Andes Before 28 Hairpin Turns

Everywhere in the world, border crossing can be a long process. “Well, that’s gonna take forever,” I mutter to myself, counting the number of buses ahead of us, waiting to enter the Complejo Los Libertadores, the immigration checkpoint between Argentina and Chile. The bus stops. It’s not going to be quick and easy. It’s okay. I don’t mind being stuck on top of the Andes, between Argentina and Chile. The scenery is spectacular. I get up from my seat. “Can we… go out?” I ask, hopefully. “Oh yeah, ...
Tags: Travel, Long, Pink Floyd, Canada, Santiago, Chile, Argentina, Andes, Mendoza, Ruta, South America 2018-2019, Paso Internacional Los Libertadores That, Paso Internacional Los Libertadores Arriving, Chile Paso Internacional Los Libertadores

Australian avocado sustainability

Avocados are a staple of the Australian diet. Few countries can compete with Australia when it comes to avo love — this is the country that invented modern avocado toast, after all. The average Australian eats around . For comparison, per capita consumption in the US, which is the largest avocado importer in the world, peaked at seven pounds per year in 2015. There’s just one key difference between the two countries: Australia’s avocados largely come without the guilt of a high carbon footpr...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Australia, California, Mexico, US, Chile, Queensland, New Zealand, South America, Western Australia, All, Avocados, Bill Granger, Avocado Toast, Avo Toast

The Must Do Hike in Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, is located in the Austral Andes of Argentina. The gateway town is El Chalten, about a three hour scenic bus ride from El Calafate – where there is a decent sized airport. Los Glaciares National Park is best known for its day hikes rather than multi-day backpacking trips, though there is a three day trip that is recommended. There are seven main hikes in the park if you start in El Chalten – but the standout is the hike to ...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Unesco, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, Alberta, Walk, Fodor, Patagonian, Easter Island, Laguna, El Calafate, Facebook Twitter Instagram

Mendoza – “Look, It’s Not You, It’s Me…”

Mendoza and I are not compatible. If the Argentinian city was a person, I’d probably have one of these quick, embarrassing chats with him, where I’d resort to overused lines, like “look, it’s not you, it’s me,” “you’re nice, but…” and “we can still be friends, right?” People come to Mendoza to enjoy fine Argentinian wines, like Malbec—I don’t drink. People come to Mendoza to climb the Aconcagua or at least hike to the base camp of the highest mountain in both the Southern and Western hemispheres...
Tags: Travel, Santiago, Chile, Shit, Army, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Buenos Aires, Ottawa, Jesus Christ, Mark, Andes, Mendoza, Boulogne, Carrefour

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