Category: Chile

The Best Things to See in Valparaiso

November 5, 2020
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Chile

Valparaiso is a beautiful, colourful city that will capture your heart. The best description for this bohemian port city came from the poet Pablo Neruda, who had a particularly beautiful view – “Valparaiso, how absurd you are… you haven’t combed your hair, you’ve never had time to get dressed, life has always surprised you.” There is indeed a certain chaotic beauty to Valparaiso, one that you will quickly discover on this journey through a few of the best things to see when in Valparaiso. La Sebastiana La Sebastiana was Pablo Neruda’s former residence and is now a house-museum that you can stop by when visiting Valparaiso. Getting there involves a lot of climbing but it is completely worth it, as you explore each floor of the house you’ll see why. – the most heart-stopping views of the harbour. Here you will also be able to see Neruda’s collection of ships…

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Top 5 activities in the Atacama Desert

May 4, 2020
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Chile

In the Atacama Desert, it’s not hard to imagine that you’re on another planet.  With the flat, crystal whiteness of the salt flats stretching into the distance, and bizarre, rocky outcrops towering overhead, this is Planet Earth like you’ve never seen it before.  But what is there to do in this other-worldly landscape? Here are our top 5 activities in the Atacama Desert… Stargazing Few of us have seen a night sky untouched by light pollution, and yet in the Atacama Desert in Chile, it’s as simple as stepping outside and looking up.  A deep, velvety blackness stretches and rolls around you, heavy on the horizon but lifting into miles of brilliant, bright shards.  The stars here aren’t just dim lights, but stud out shapes and constellations for you to admire. We recommend taking a night-time walk when the moon is full, to enjoy ghostly views of the incredible landscape…

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5 facts about Easter Island

April 27, 2020
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Chile

The isolated Rapa Nui – or Easter Island, as it is perhaps better known – is an island located deep in the South Pacific, and one that is simply teeming with outstanding nature, surprising secrets and a remarkable history that make it oh so worth a visit. Here are 5 interesting facts about this mystifying corner of the world. It was the first Pacific island to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.. The enormous stone statues that call Easter Island home remain – to this day – as one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Estimated to have been built somewhere between the 10th and 16th centuries, no-one knows exactly why, when or how these incredible statues were built, nor the details behind the mysterious rise and fall of a clearly advanced and prosperous civilization. The entire island was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1995. It is home to…

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Let Chile come to you…

April 21, 2020
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Chile

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…

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A frosty morning on Cape Horn

November 23, 2018
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Chile

Our marketing manager, Kit, has returned from a sublime trip to Patagonia, here he shares his experience of landing on Cape Horn. Bleary-eyed and half asleep, I rushed to put on my warm socks, waterproofs and lifejacket and headed for the stern of the Ventus Australis where the zodiacs were boarding. Opening the door from the warmth and comfort of the ship I was hit square in the face by the crisp morning air. Hanging the metal tag from my lifejacket on the board (a clever system to keep track of who was off the ship), I sat down on the Zodiac’s black rubber tubing, grinning from ear to ear at my fellow travellers. It wasn’t long before we were skimming across the still waters of the Drake Passage towards a wooden staircase perched on the side of a distant cliff. Landing on the small beach at the foot of…

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Chile is pure wonderment in a myriad of ways

December 27, 2017
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All News, Brazil, Chile, News

I had been living in Rio for just about 6 months when I landed in Santiago and it was like a breath of fresh air. Having become accustomed to a very Brazilian way of life where there was noise and bronzing bodies everywhere I turned, Chile’s capital is by comparison calming and modern with wide open streets and the easy atmosphere of a place that is entirely comfortable in its own skin. With a cosmopolitan make up, I had amazing Asian food and just spent a few days wandering around the old colonial squares and travelling up the funicular to the top of San Cristobal hill to catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Andes in the distance.     After a few days of finding my Chilean feet I jumped on a bus to Valparaiso, a beaten-up port town about an hour and a half away. Rough around the edges,…

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Best Places to Visit in South America

August 4, 2017
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Argentina, Chile, Galapagos, Peru, Rio Carnival, Wildlife Week

As a Continent of wonders, South America is the place where the most incredible adventures can happen. If you haven’t been to this exquisite part of the world yet, hold on tight because what we are about to reveal will start a new life addiction – Latin America! Here are 10 reasons why you will be love-struck: Number 10: Perito Moreno Glacier The Perito Moreno Glacier is in the Los Glaciares National Park, in southwest Santa Cruz, Argentina. It’s considered to be one of the most important Argentinian Patagonian attractions and with good reason. It is 30 km long and one of the 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes. Other than that, it’s just another wonder of the world, and one of the reasons why (after this post) you will be booking a flight to South America! You can learn more about the…

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Guide to the Andes

July 7, 2017
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All News, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru

The Andes Mountains. The longest continual mountain range in the world, and neighbour to rainforests, deserts, glaciers and volcanoes, ancient civilisations and modern capital cities. It stretches across seven South American nations and offers visitors unrivalled landscapes, world-class trekking, award-winning vineyards, glistening salt flats, and a chance to experience true Andean culture. Covering an astonishing 3.371 million km², it can be overwhelming trying to narrow down a specific destination or area of the Andes to explore. So, we’ve put together a guide to the Andes, broken down into some of our favourite destinations. Where will you explore next? Where to go in the Andes? Peru Home to Machu Picchu, Peru has arguably the most popular and well-known tourist attraction in the Andes. Whether trekking the Inca Trail, or travelling by train from the stunning capital of Cusco, this is one destination you definitely won’t want to miss. While Machu Picchu…

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Touching the Sky in Torres del Paine

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Chile

When you’re almost at the end of the earth, there’s no knowing what you might find.  The raw, untamed beauty of Patagonia reveals treasure after treasure to those who venture through her, and Torres del Paine National Park is certainly one worth travelling for.  One of the world’s premier hiking destinations, acre upon acre of protected landscape stretches out to wonder and amaze you; from glacial lakes to undulating, grassy plains, to soaring, snowcapped mountains. The Singular Patagonia hotel offers a gateway like no other into this spectacularly beautiful region.  Base yourself in a luxurious and elegant setting so that you’re ready to explore, and, alongside their expert guides, take the trip of a lifetime to see the torres themselves.  Three delicately coloured granite peaks which reach majestically into the Chilean sky, the towers are the namesake of the entire park and unquestionably the jewel in its crown. Special offer:…

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New Direct Flight from UK to Chile Announced

May 19, 2016
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All News, Chile

Great news for UK travellers heading to Chile: British Airways has announced a new direct service from Heathrow to Santiago starting from January 2017. The first ever direct flight between the two countries will take off on January 3rd and run four times a week. It will become British Airways’ longest ever route, travelling approximately 7,300 miles with a scheduled flight time of 14 hours 40 minutes. This route will be among the longest in the world, being beaten only by the current Dubai – Auckland flight by Emirates (7,700 miles), and proposed Doha – Auckland flight by Qatar Airways (7,800 miles), beginning in December 2016. It is part of a British Airways’ expansion into Latin America which has seen the carrier begin flights to both Peru and Costa Rica in the last month. In addition to this trio of new routes, and the existing flight to the Argentinian capital of Buenos…

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