Category: Things To Do

Where to Try the Terremoto, a Classic Chilean Drink

January 28, 2015

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You might not think that Chile would name one of its most iconic drinks after the kind of seismic activity that occasionally threatens life and does damage in this long, skinny country. But that’s exactly what terremoto, earthquake. It’s a combination of young wine and pineapple ice cream and occasionally Fernet or grenadine syrup. Though originally mainly drunk on the 18 of September (the national holiday) and events such as the Cumbre Guachaca (kind of a down-home festival celebrating countryside traditions that have made it into the city), nowadays it’s become more popular than ever to grab a terremoto in Santiago. Below are some places you might try.

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The Beaches of Arica

January 21, 2015

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The beaches of Chile are varied, from quiet coves to rocky, crashing waves, long left breaks for surfing, horseshoe-shaped lagoons and everything in between. While in much of the country the water is prohibitively cold for all but the most intrepid of swimmers (and children, who seem not to mind the cool temperatures), way up north near the Peruvian border, the icy Humboldt current bypasses the shores, leaving them tepid enough for all but the most sensitive bathers. Arica is a perfect jumping off point for checking out some of the beaches of the north of Chile, with a little something for everyone.

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Stargazing in Chile

January 14, 2015

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It is well-established that the north of Chile has some of the most perfect conditions for observing the cosmos. In addition to many areas having little population (and therefore no light pollution), the dry air and (normally) lack of cloud cover makes for ideal conditions many nights of the year. The main thing that gets […]

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The Plazas and Fountains of Santiago

January 7, 2015

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While many Americans may think of parks as the place where people take a rest, come to play, or walk their dogs, and while Santiago, Chile has many such parks, the core of many Latin American cities is actually its other, lesser public spaces, its parks and plazas. In Santiago, there are several iconic spots where you can get a good view of what’s going on in the city, do some people watching, and (depending on the plaza), have a snack and get some good photos in before moving on to your next destination.

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The Most Iconic Moai of Easter Island

December 23, 2014

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Easter Island, that tiny speck in what feels like the middle of nowhere (though there are daily flights to mainland Chile, and frequent flights to Tahiti) is best known for its moai, the giant stone statues varying in height up to about 10 meters. They were constructed as part of a culture of reverence to […]

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Birdwatching in the North of Chile

December 17, 2014

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The North of Chile, an area comprised of two main parts, the Norte Chico and the Norte Grande (roughly the north that is close to Santiago and the north that is further away), is a surprisingly good area in which to see wildlife.

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