Pisco, that clear to yellow-colored grape brandy that is the base of Chile’s favorite pre-dinner drink, the pisco sour, is splashing out in a whole new direction. And that direction is drinking it neat. Which is probably how it was drunk for most of its 450-year history, when Coca-Cola was not yet sold, to turn it into a piscola, or before it was easy to find ice to chill your pisco sours. These drinks are how pisco is most often consumed. But it doesn’t have to be the only way. And before you add it to your mixer, you might just want to know what it really tastes like.
So you’re in Santiago in the wintertime, and you love skiing, but don’t love it so much that you want to spend a week or a weekend up at a lodge. Or you’d love to, but you’ve got loads of other plans inside and out of Santiago, restaurants, museums, the new design neighborhood of Barrio Italia in Santiago’s leafy Providencia neighborhood. There are several options for getting up to the snow for just a quick visit, enough to get your skis (or snowboard) in the snow for several hours on some of the best skiing in South America. And it’s just a quick drive from Santiago, even quicker if you’re staying uptown in Providencia, Las Condes or Vitacura.
Santiago, Chile is not known for being a particularly inexpensive place to visit. Certainly visits to Peru or Bolivia will cost you less than a visit to this modern city with a population of six million, a state-of-the-art metro and a glassed-in-skyline to rival many North American cities. And there are loads of accoladed restaurants […]
La Serena is the second oldest European city in Chile, and was founded in 1544 (just three years after Santiago). The historic downtown has several old buildings of interest, including the cathedral. But La Serena’s main pull for Chileans is its perfect location along a long strip of coastline, with markedly warmer waters than you’d find down in the middle of the country. It’s a common summertime destination, with trips to nearby beaches very popular on long weekends. And if the weather’s cool or misty, which it can be, a quick trip up into the nearby Elqui Valley will warm you right up.
When you go on a trip, one of the best things you can bring back with you is your memories. And what better to trigger them, while using them as a prop to talk about where you go and what you saw, than some incredible photos? Santiago is quite photogenic, and if you want to make sure to get a good collection of what’s really beautiful here, explore on your own, take a city tour of Santiago, or wander around on your own. Here are some of the hits you won’t want to miss for places that are truly photogenic at most times of day.
For many thousands of years, Chile was populated (and continues to be populated, in some areas) by indigenous groups. And in the desert north of Chile, things last for a long time. Old construction sticks around forever, old cars endure long past when in more humid climates, they’d surely have rusted. And the rock art of the indigenous civilizations that populated this area has also withstood the test of time. Below are a few that are relatively accessible to visitors.