Let Chile come to you…

April 21, 2020
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Although we are unable to travel at the moment, you can still discover the joys of Latin America from the comfort of your home.

Each week we’ll be posting inspiration from a different destination in Latin America, sharing movies, music, books and recipes to pique your interest, and, this weeks destination is the vast, varied and utterly stunning – Chile.

Stretching almost half the length of South America, Chile is home to both the driest desert in the world and to endless, spectacular glacier fields. A land of diverse landscapes, its a country framed by the epic Andes mountain range and the dramatic Pacific coastline, and it has something to offer every taste and budget. Delve deeper into Chile’s wonders with our favourite inspiring read, film and recipe below. 

Watch:#IDreamOfChile video from Chile Tourist Board

Now is a time to pause, but those landscapes you’ve been longing to visit will still be here, more beautiful than ever, waiting for you. Get inspired, prepare and plan ahead with this beautiful video from Chile Tourist Board, reminding us of all the wonderful treats this incredible country has in store.

Read: The Poetry of Pablo Neruda

The ‘Land of Poets’ earned its name from Noble Prize winners such as Pablo Neruda. His first volume of verse, Crepusculario (Book of Twilights), was published in 1923, followed the in 1924 by Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada (Twenty Love Poems and A Desperate Song). For a real overview of Neruda’s work, ‘The Poetry of Pablo Neruda‘ is the most comprehensive English-language collection of his poetry. 

Taste: Cazuela

Perfect for when you are feeling a little under the weather, Cazuela is a hearty broth made with large pieces of beef or chicken, corn-on-the-cob, squash and potatoes. Chilean’s will usually eat the broth first followed by the contents. Why not try the recipe for yourself? Plus, it’s great for using up ingredients in the fridge!

Cazuela recipe
6 chicken drumsticks or thighs
Half a peeled butternut squash (1-inch cubes)
6 small potatoes, peeled
6 pieces of corn on the cob
3 carrots, cut into chunks
1 litre chicken stock
Hot cooked rice
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped fresh coriander or parsley

In a large soup pan, place the chicken, squash, potatoes, corn, carrots and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until chicken is done and vegetables are tender.
Serve over rice in a shallow soup bowl. Serve with hot pepper sauce, salt, pepper and coriander or parsley.

Watch: Machuca

Chilean cinema has proved dynamic and diverse in recent years. One of its most famous creations is the 2004 flick, Machuca. This film captures the human story behind the violent rule of General Pinochet, and follows a working-class schoolboy as he develops a friendship with a more privileged student from a very different background. Its a tale of political divide and class, and the difference between the worlds of these two young boys and earned a nomination for Best Iberoamerican Film at the 2005 Ariel Awards.

Inspired to visit Chile one day? Simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch, or call our Travel Specialists on 0208 546 6222.

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