Chile | Torres Del Paine – Yet Another Border Crossing

El Calafate is a great place to explore all kinds of sights, from Perito Moreno to the icy plains of Patagonia. It’s also an “easy” hopping off point to the nearby Torres del Paine, though this requires a border crossing with Chile. Given the fame of Torres del Paine’s beauty and pinnacles, it seemed a necessary trip. The easiest method of getting to the park is by signing... Read More

Chile | Popping by Puerto Varas

One of the unfortunate realities of travel is that nobody has infinite time. In hastening to get to our planned destination, we were unable to stay very long in our stopover of Puerto Varas, a charming German town set quietly on the shore of Lago Llanguihue. Upon discovering this little gem of a place, we were saddened at our impending departure – I think this would be quite... Read More

Chile | Pucón – Hot Springs and Volcanoes

We arrived in Pucón in utter awe of Volcan Villarrica, an enormous, snow-capped beast of a volcano smoldering in the very near distance. We have decided to finally put the tent to good use and camp, and one visit to the tourist information center guided us to a good spot in town, close to the lake and on a river known as La Poza. Being shady and grassy, it fits the bill. The small... Read More

Chile | Vertical City: Valaparaiso’s Cerro Conceptión

Valparaiso has a rare aesthetic, the kind where jumbled architecture leaves the city labyrinthine and poetic. It’s kind of a strange meeting of traffic and pedestrians, beaches and freight. As we are staying nestled next to the lovely Cerro Conceptión, we took one of the infamous funiculars, of which there are still over a dozen (down from the remarkable number of 33!) to explore... Read More

Chile | Santiago Treat: The Most Pleasant of Neighborhoods

For the most part, Santiago is no tourist retreat. It’s certainly much more of a metropolis here, with busy-looking people in busy-looking suits and a sometimes-uncomfortable bustle. Though I had often read that Santiago is “not a destination in itself,” I was convinced that, like Milan, you just have to dig under the surface a bit. This is how I fell upon the trendy neighborhood known... Read More