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Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
The Plaza in downtown Santiago, or El Centro, offers striking juxtapositions of old and new. Neoclassical facades appear in the rectilinear glass towers of late 20th century skyscrapers. Children play in the fountain and men of all ages play chess...
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Santiago, La Pintana, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Founded in 1540, Santiago's palm-shaded "Plaza de Armas" remains the city's social hub. Any time of the day, any day of the week there's always something happening there. Surrounded by the neoclassical facades of the city's most important...
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Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
One of Rapa Nui's (Easter Island's) famous Birdman petroglyphs. I don't think I can type the history of the Cult of the Birdman in 1500 characters, but I highly encourage you to Google it. Interesting stuff- a physical challenge that would today's...
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Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
We met a bunch of awesome local musicians while on Rapa Nui and actually scored a gig with them at the Aloha Cafe on Avenida Atamu Tekena. An amazing mix of American Blues, Latin, and Traditional Polynesian music, and one of the most memorable...
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Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
This is a solo moai with a red scoria topknot in the Tahai Complex. Sipped wine in front of him and watched the sunset.
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Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
These Moai were left in various stages of completion in the Ranu Raraku quarry, where the basalt used to carve them was extracted. The moai on the right is sometimes referred to as "Crooked Neck" and is the most photographed Moai on the island- He...
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Calama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
As we passed Calama and drove back toward San Pedro de Atacama, I saw this beautiful sunset. I asked the bus driver to pull over so we could see the sunset and take photos. Although I like how my other sunset photos came out, I especially like...
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San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
These two residents of San Pedro de Atacama, a tiny town of 5000 in the high Chilean Atacama Desert, hung out at the same restaurant that I'd get my cheap but delicious sandwiches from. I loved the way the father constantly played around with his...
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Easter Island is a strange, remote, and magical place. After a full day of wandering around this tiny island, we were fortunate enough to witness an absolutely breathtaking sunset over the Pacific. The "beach" here is made up of pitch black...
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Cerro Guido, Torres de Paine, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
In the early months of summer, a clan of gauchos travels to each estancia in Torres del Paine to sheer the sheep. These gauchos don't mess around; this is a job they have been born and raised to do. And boy, do they work quickly. First, they round...
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Calama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
The cheap alarm clock worked. It was 3am and time to wake up to go to the El Tatio Geysers, which I had been excited about seeing. Why would anyone wake up so early to see the geysers? Because the best time to see them is at sunrise when the...
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Condell 1595, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
Panoramic of Valparaiso port in Chile, city World Heritage whith particular houses and hills next to the Ocean Pacific
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Valle de La Luna, Copiapó, Región de Atacama, Chile
I love the peace and quiet of the desert, especially Valle de la Muerte. I would rent a bicycle and ride 4 or 5km to Valle de la Muerte in the morning. I'd have the place to myself, to climb sand dunes, hike, eat Dona Martita's delicious tamales,...
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San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
San Pedro de Atacama is located on the northern end of the Chilean salt flats. The landscape is a mix of ragged mountains and barren desert, resembling what I picture the surface of the moon to look like. At night you can take a ride out to the...
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Molina 76, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
Valparaíso, Chile’s main port city, rises from the water into steep hills laced with staircases and winding streets. Generations of poets, mariners, and adventurers have passed through. While the city has some of Chile’s best dining, the streets...
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Esmeralda 1139, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
Mingle with the locals at Mastodonte, a zany, safari- and Stone Age–themed restaurant near Plaza Aníbal Pinto. Order the chorrillana, a rib-filling plate of fries smothered in beef, cheese, onion, and fried egg. Esmeralda 1139, 56/(0) 32-225-1205....
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Cochrane 102, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
Chile’s 4,000-milecoastline provides a bounty of seafood. At Los Porteños, trypastel de jaiba, crab served in a casserole with bread crumbs and cream.—Steven Bodzin 56/(0) 32-225-1915. This appeared in the November/December 2011 issue.
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Ricardo de Ferrari 692, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
The poet Pablo Neruda redefined the city with hisOde to Valparaíso, calling it “the patched bow of a small courageous ship.” Today, visitors can tour his home, known as La Sebastiana. The building is now a museum with one of the city’s finest gift...
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Pedro Montt 2078, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
by Steven Bodzin Valparaiso has the world’s biggest concentration of hillside railways, known locally as ascensores, or elevators. Victorian developers built 30 of them to shuttle residents and their goods up and down the city’s steep coastal...
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Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
As anxiety from the 2010 earthquake ebbs, Chile is rebuilding its capital bigger and better. Such creative enclaves as Barrio Italia have become hives for galleries and design studios, and the wineries just outside Santiago are turning more heads...
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Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
A project of Santiago design company the Andes House, Made in Mimbre has transformed an old Chilean craft into high-style light fixtures and furniture. Artisans in the neighboring village of Chimbarongo hand-weave mimbre (wicker) into...
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Isidora Goyenechea 3000, Las Condes, Región Metropolitana, Chile
The W Santiago is where the cool kids stay. Which other hotel would dare to have a sign reading “WHATEVER” at the entrance? Since opening in 2009, the hotel has earned a strong following, both from locals and visitors. Dimly lit with a...
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Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
A new collective of young artists has repurposed an old bread factory in the Barrio Italia district into a lofty workspace called Bloc. When resident artists aren’t creating provocative, politically charged works, they’re hosting art...
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Coronel Santiago Bueras 188, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
A simple and stylish hotel in a converted 1920s townhouse, Lastarria Boutique Hotel opened in 2011 on a sleepy corner of its namesake Santiago neighborhood. The 14 bedrooms have an old-school feel with classic furniture and creaky parquet floors....
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San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
Chile’s Atacama Desert is one of the best places on the planet to stargaze, thanks to its nearly cloudless skies, high altitude, and low light pollution. On QuasarChile’s Highlights of San Pedro and the Atacama Skies tour, take day trips to such...
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Yerbas Buenas, Maule Region, Chile
The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Chile in February 2010 greatly affected Maule, one of the country’s wine regions. Liz Caskey runs food and wine tours in Chile that include stays at wineries. She recently introduced the pre- or post-trip...
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Pisiga, Bolivia
Contact Guinness Book of World Records. This must be the shortest vacation to Bolivia on record. As near as I can tell with my less-than-fluent Spanish skills, I was turned back after 30 minutes at the Bolivian border because: - it was snowing and...
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San Pedro de Atacama, Región de Antofagasta, Chile
As we hike into the Val de la Luna, there is not a blade of grass or an insect to be found. This is the driest place on earth - in some places no rain has fallen in recorded time. Salt deposits encrust many of the rocks with a white coat that...
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Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
During my stay in El Calafate, my hotel arranged a full-day tour to Torres del Paine for me. I was picked up by a tour operator at my front door, and escorted across the Chilean border into the beautiful national park. The tour and the views was a...
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Chillán 2175, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Century-old La Casona estancia lies on the expansive estate of Matetic Vineyards, known for its syrah, about 60 miles west of Santiago. Spacious rooms feature wooden floors, cozy reading chairs, and French doors that open onto the organically...
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Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
Consisting of 25 domes, EcoCamp was inspired by the round houses of ancient tribes that formerly inhabited the area now known as Torres del Paine National Park. There are three categories of domes, all made from green plastic with sheer...
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Easter Island, Hanga Roa, Isla de Pascua, Chile
I think this is the most mysterious place I have ever been. It is just crazy that no one truly knows who built these or why. Having been to Peru, I could definitely see the Inca influence on the base under the Moai. But I have also been to...
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El Desierto de Atacama, recorre mas de 1.000 km a lo largo de Chile. Hay algunas zonas donde no ha llovido en 400 anos. San Pedro de Atacama es uno de los highlights y ahi pueden encontrarse hoteles con interesantes ofertas para realuzar...
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Puerto Varas, Los Lagos Region, Chile
At this sophisticated base for exploring Chile’s rustic south, the 22 rooms all have views to the west; arrebol means “the color of the clouds at sunset.” The building, angled into a forested hillside, is made of...
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Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
When visitors travel to Easter Island they are naturally anxious to see all of the amazing moai monoliths. The carved volcanic figures are indeed magnificent, but be sure to save time to see the natural beauty of the island also. The Rano Kao...
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San Pedro de Atacama, Región de Antofagasta, Chile
I loved the silence, the peacefulness, of the Atacama Desert. I would ride my bike there regularly and go hiking, especially on the sand dunes. Sometimes, I'd bring some new friends. This is, as you may have guessed, a photo of us running,...
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Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
I went to Chile, I was born there, and it's a real pleasure to try the food there... more than the typical food, it is the flavors, the size of many things there, seafood market of santiago de chile, it is so cheap and you can eat so fresh seafood...
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Maipo, Buin, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
As creepy as these were, these random abandoned buildings along a strangely empty dirt road in the mountains, they were oddly beautiful against the clear blue skies.