Things to see and do while backpacking in Chile.
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WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO EAT
But if you want to taste some typical Yucatan gastronomy you can go all the way back to the beginning of the malecon, next to the grand Pier, you’ll find this big restaurant called Eladio’s and there you can find amazing dishes like Cochinita Pibil, Papadzules, Relleno Negro, Queso Relleno, Chile Relleno, Brazo de Reina, and more.. the most exciting thing about this restaurant is the fact that you only have to order a beer or a drink and they’ll give all of this foods FOR FREE!! little portions of course, and then you can ask for the main dish (or you can just keep ordering drinks and the food will keep coming free.. It’s true I swear!)Mexican Around The World
HOW TO GET TO SANTIAGO FROM THE AIRPORT
If you just arrived at the airport Arturo Merino Benitez, you might want to get to the city as soon as possible, and the airport is kind of …far. You’ll see different transport possibilities, the easiest way will be taking the transfer or if you want to try …a taxi. WATCH OUT, taxi drivers might notice at a first glance that you are not Chilean, and probably charge you a little bit more… yeap sadly that happens all over the world. All right, if you are not interested in privates and super comfy transports, you want to spend your money better in food and adventures are your thing, it’d be better to take the public buses. There are 2 companies that go from and to the city, one is called TurBus and the other one Centropuerto, and they will be outside the main entrance of the first floor of the airport. It won’t cost you more than 4USD, they are actually pretty good and you can choose where to stop. I’ll recommend any Metro Station you can recognize.Paulette Saavedra
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Valparaíso de mi amor
Valparaíso, a bohemian port city on the chilean coast, has drawn the attention of many artists and musicians. “Valparaíso de mi amor” is called a famous song about the city by Lucho Barrios and it’s a kind of confession of love to Valparaíso. “Puerto loco” it was called by the famous chilean poet and Literature Nobel Prize Winner Pablo Neruda. But what is so special about Valparaíso that is was declared a UNECSO World Heritage site? What makes it so unique that it attracts thousands of visitants and artists? Let’s explore it together.Sophia
Do's and don'ts when traveling to Santiago de Chile
Chileans love foreigners, tourists usually think that we’re nice and gentle, I know it because I’m a tour guide since 2016, they’ve told me. But we’re not always so nice, especially in our capital. Santiago is a beautiful city, full of nature, activities, and life, but it’s also full of people, some of them great, some of them not so great. In Santiago, you’ll also be able to visit amazing places, but you have to pay attention to some do’s and don’ts before packing your bags and coming here.Francisca Q. G.
Araucanía region: Pucón
Pucón is a small town located in the Araucanía region in the South of Chile. It is a beautiful and charming village with wooden style houses and the view of the volcano on one side and the lake Villarrica on the other side of the town. So in summer you can melt away in the sun lying on the black beach, getting tanned and if you look behind you, you will see the volcano covered with snow. A unique, magic and unforgettable experience!Kristin Kersten
5 Things To Do In Valparaiso
Valparaiso is a city on the coast of Chile, about a 2-3 hour bus ride west of Santiago. It is known as a haven for artists and inspiration to all. When immigrants started moving to the city in the 19th century they began building their homes from what was left on the shores of the port city – metal siding and buckets of paint discarded by ships after they used these materials as ballast. These poor immigrants began making their houses out of these scavenged items and this method of construction is what started the colourful patchwork design you see splashed on the hills of the city. Now, much of the metropolis is a UNESCO World Heritage site with strict rules on keeping the original charms of Valparaiso, pronounced: Val-para-ee-so by the way. This was my favourite city during my 7-month trip around the South American continent, and here is what you need to do to get the most out of your time in Valp:Torey Kesteven
Santiago de Chile - more than just a transfer hub
So, you’ve decided to go to South America, and with the Atacama desert in the North, and Patagonia in the South, how could you possibly bypass that long skinny, chilli-shaped country, Chile. Chances are you’ll be arriving in Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport anyway, one of South America’s busiest airports, but if all you see it as is a transport hub, you will miss out on experiencing one of South America’s greatest cities. If you take the time to really explore it, you’ll find it has more to offer than just hustle, bustle and clouds of smog.Jessie Lee
General facts about the island
Easter Island, Rapa Nui or Isla de Pascua belongs to Chile and is located in the southeast Pacific Ocean. Easter Island marks the southeastern end of the Polynesian Triangle together with Hawaii in the north and New Zealand in the southwest. The size of the island is 163, 6 square kilometers and the total population is 6148 (2014). The capital is called Hanga Roa, and it is also the only township. The whole population lives in, or close to the capital as the rest of the island is a national park with no permanent residence. Facts.Stine Brekke
Santiago, Chile: The city from Southamerica between the mountains
The first post that I wanna write is about my beautiful city in the longest country of the world: Santiago, Chile.Daniela Ovalle
Buying a plane ticket
The only way to get to Easter Island from mainland Chile is to catch a 3 to 4 hours long flight from the capital Santiago. Latam Airlines are the only company running the flights and the prices for a round trip are from 400 USD onward. Usual recommendations are to buy a plane ticket as soon as possible because the early buy should get you a lower price. In the case of long traveling, it is very hard to plan ahead so buying tickets few months before seems impossible. When I tried to book my ticket one month before departure, there seem to be no flights available on the Latam Airlines web page. I contacted them by email and they responded with the price 1.700 USD. Then I tried my luck one more time in person at their office in Punta Arenas. I got the return ticket just 3 weeks before the flight for 460 USD, which is one of the lowest prices you can get!Tea
Best Time to visit
The Atacama Desert is located in north of Chile and is known as “the driest non-polar place on the planet”. In February there can be a little rain because is the “Altiplanic winter”, but the best thing about it is that you can see rainbows everywhere and it’s beautiful. The best time to visit San Pedro de Atacama for me was between March and May, there’s nice weather and it’s not too crowded like December, January or February.Alfonso Gonzalez
I had travelled to Chile before and was quite familiar with the sociocultural context. However, I had never lived in Chile, and this was by far my biggest fear. Coming from a comfortable, developed country, where we have access to anything we wish to pursue, I was worried that moving to a developing country would come as a culture shock. I moved to Valparaiso for a year for study purposes. We were able to choose where we wanted to accommodate, and having family here in Chile, I opted for the cheapest option, as I knew I wouldn’t have to pay rent. However, the cheapest option meant experiencing the real life here in Valparaiso, living in one of the Cerros of Valparaiso, Cerro Los Placeres. The demographics are quite simple to understand. The further up in the hills you live, the sketchier the environment is, and well, Cerro Los Placeres is basically as high as you can get. But, it was the best decision I could have made. I came across many exchange students in my first semester of University here, and they all lived in the centre of Viña, smack bang where all the action happens, right next to the mall and all the funky cafes, and about a 5 minute walk from the University. I lived a 20-minute bus ride away. These students couldn’t even imagine what real life Valparaiso was like, as they seemed to lock themselves in this little Viña bubble. People always seem to make the comparison between Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Valpo is the Bohemian, artsy, hippy capital of Chile. Viña is one of the touristic capitals, where everyone comes to spend summer, and the plazas are filled with well-groomed trees and pretty lights. Valpo is raw, real. Viña is gorgeous, awing. Nonetheless, you cannot come to Chile and not stop over both beautiful cities. They’re about a 5-minute bus ride away from each other yet the differences are many. I was lucky to be able to experience the best of both worlds. My host University was located in Viña del Mar, constructed on a hill to itself, overlooking the whole city. And on the weekends, I journeyed through the colourful, graffiti streets of Valparaiso.Gaby Sanchez
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Santiago de Chile, view from the San Cristóbal hill. Photo: Andrea Milianiandrea-miliani
5 Incredible Oceanview Restaurants Along Chile
Crashing waves. Volcanic sand beaches. A frosty pisco sour. Welcome to the Pacific coast of Chile! With most of the country along the coast, a road trip along western edge of Chile has dozens of opportunities to pull over and enjoy a sweeping ocean view, or stop for a few hours and explore a small town. Here are my favorite 5 stops for a lunch or dinner with a view–ocean spray optional! Valparaiso–Casa de Cuatro Vientos You won’t forget your first trip to the rolling, raucous, vividly-colored Valparaiso, affectionately known as Valpo. In fact, I first visited the city on a day trip from Santiago three years ago, and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I fell in love with this eclectic city from the top of one of the city’s many hills, or cerros, accessible via small funiculars, or acensors–a must for any visit to Valpo. Hopping on the Acensor Artillería, one of 16 funiculars, a short ride ($300 CLP/person) takes you to the top of the hill and the Paseo de 21 de Mayo, a small plaza with a sweeping view of the colorful hills full of seemingly precariously-stacked houses next to the water. Turning left as you leave the acensor, head down the stairs towards the bright blue house perched above the acensor railways. Stop in at the Casa de Cuatro Vientos for a breathtaking view of the city as you enjoy a refreshing maracuya (passionfruit) mojito and a tapas-style menu. There’s plenty to watch as you munch, from the cranes lifting shipping containers onto cargo ships, the ever-moving acensor, and ships arriving to the port. And the interior of the restaurant is just as interesting–the weather Victorian exterior reveals a carefully-restored interior of exposed wooden beams and stained glass windows. Hanga Roa–Pea Restobar Okay, so this one is a bit farther than a day trip from Santiago. In fact, just getting to Ranga Roa requires a five-hour plane flight from Santiago–this small town is nestled on Rapa Nui, known in English as Easter Island and in Spanish as Isla de Pascua. Taking a cab, bus or rental car into town, you can’t miss Pea Restobar in the center of town, opposite from the small boat harbor and line of scuba diving shops. Perched over the harbor, you can enjoy a 360-view of the vast Pacific Ocean and reflect on arriving in one of the most remote inhabited island in the world, 2,182 miles away from the mainland. But the highlight of this restaurant isn’t even the ocean view! Sit on the outdoor deck so you can spend your meal keeping one eye on the water–sea turtles are known to frequent the harbor, cruising the waves for a meal and delighting snorkelers. While we enjoyed a couple of beers and a light dinner, we spotted four sea turtles, one the size of a boogieboard–the largest I’d ever seen! At one point, a woman carrying a large armful of bright green seaweed waded out into the waves….and began hand feeding the turtles! If you’re not a snorkeler or a diver, this is your opportunity to see sea turtles in the wild! Isla Negra–El Rincon de La Poeta Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda’s works have been celebrated around the world and translated into hundreds of languages–but his winding career path and unique perspective on life are the most intriguing aspects of this famous Chilean. Get a glimpse into the man–and the women–behind the exquisite love poetry, by visiting his lovingly-restored homes in Santiago, Valparaiso and Isla Negra. Led through La Chascona in Santiago years ago, I became entranced with the creative motivations for each aspect of the house. Neruda was in love with the sea, but afraid to swim, so he made his homes into ships: running water canals around the house, using old wood from ships in the floor to mimic the creaking of wooden frigates, and decorating his offices as captain’s studies full of maps and nautical prints. Actually located on the coast, Isla Negra was his favorite home–and undoubtedly the most impressive. Set above jagged rocks covered in sinuous seaweed tossed by crashing waves, the grounds of the home set the stage for an incredible, marine-inspired interior. After your tour of the home, treat yourself to a glass of Chilean Carmenere wine, a likely subject of Neruda’s Ode to Wine. Carmenere was thought to have been obliterated from France due to disease in the 1800s, only to be rediscovered in Chile decades later–and thank goodness, because it’s muy rico (very delicious)! Las Cruces–Puesta de Sol If you’re looking for a quiet oceanside retreat with a small town and accessible beach, Las Cruces is your spot. We spent a few days there over the holidays and enjoyed walking through the rolling streets and exploring neighboring towns, heading to the three restaurants along the water in the evenings. All seem to have similar seafood-based menus, so we chose based on location—ending up at Puesta del Sol, set on the rocks closest to the water. Outdoor tables let you take in the expansive sunset, as well as watch kids try their luck at surfing. Enjoy a crisp pisco sour (grape brandy), and a plate of machas parmesanas, local clams baked in parmesan cheese that you can top with a squeeze of lemon and a spoonful of aji pebre, a savory pepper sauce. Pichilemu–Kupal As with Las Cruces, for surf town Pichilemu, menus tend to run along the same lines of Chilean seafood and meat staples, so choose your evening spot based on location! Along Costanera sits three restaurants side-by-side along the coast–we chose Kupal, the first of the three. Guaranteed an ocean-view, you’ll find you’re even closer when you walk out to the patio and your feet hit sand. Find a table on the deck and settle in for a perfect sunset with a refreshing bottle of white wine. In fact, just leave behind your shoes like we did and take your wine glass out to the closest dune for a sandy, tranquil sunset. There’s no better way to end a day than watching the sunset with good food and good company. These spots will add a spark to your road trip along Chile’s coast–and hope you find your own hidden hideouts along the water! Happy travels!Samantha Squishnak
Cerro La Campana- Chile
Cerro La Campana- Chile Let’s start with some facts: Cerro Campana lies in the Campana National Parc. It is the center of Chile in the 5th region near Santiago, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, so a day trip from either one of those cities is possible. From the top of the 1880 m high mountain you can see the Pacific Ocean one side and the Andes with mountain Aconcagua on the other side, as Charles Darwin himself once observed. To see this spectacular view, many people climb up the steep 7 km long Sendero el Andinista. This is the most famous hiking trail in that region, as it is the one that leads to the top, but it is also the most difficult.raissa-schaller
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My first morning in Chile I woke up hung-over, smelly, and with coins stuck all over my body. I had been in Santiago for approximately 17 hours, and was already falling for the complexity of this city.N.H. Chavez
5 Awesome things to do in Santiago de Chile
Are you travelling in Southamerica, have a stop in Santiago de Chile and don’t know what to do? Don´t worry here I give you five easy, cheap, subway distance and local tips to make your pass through this city one you’ll never forget:francisca-gutierrez-gagliardi
Santiago: what to do on a budget
Here I’ve put together some dos and don’ts for Santiago de Chile from my perspective as a young backpacker. Where to go and what to do, also some tips and tricks for Chile in general, especially if you are on a budget.Andrea Coll
Santiago de Chile: The Basics
To understand Santiago de Chile as a touristic place, we have to see it under the light of day and night, from heights and from the ground, in the simplicity of a coffee in a quiet neighbourhood and in the frenzy of the city life. After all, is the capital city. It has to be something for everyone right? So, honouring the diversity of a city that was built over and over again by different cultures, we have summarized 4 inexcusable destinations to know in one day (or less) for your visit to Santiago. Let’s start:Inner Traveler
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