Category: Things To Do

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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Easy Day Trips From Santiago

December 10, 2014

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Most travelers to Chile enter the country through Santiago, the capital city. And while it is full of museums, historical neighborhoods, a bustling nightlife, and some of the country’s best food, sometimes a bit of time outside of the city is just what you need. Or maybe you’re in Santiago as part of a quick business trip and won’t get to see much of the rest of the country, but you do have a day or two free. Santiago is well-located between the mountains and coast, and close to several wineries as well. Below are some of the more popular day trips tourists enjoy with Santiago as a starting point.

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What to Do in Coquimbo

November 19, 2014

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Coquimbo is the sister city of Chile’s favorite close-to-Santiago northern city, La Serena. While La Serena is sleepy and sedate, Coquimbo has more hustle and bustle, but still enjoys the warmer temperatures and beautiful skies typical of the norte chico, as this part of Chile is called. Coquimbo is just across the bay from La Serena, and while La Serena will always be king of norte chico tourism, for its large hotels and white sand beaches, it’s well worth a 20 minute drive to Coquimbo for a lively market, and a couple of attractions you can’t see anyplace else in Chile.

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How to Spend Four Days in San Pedro de Atacama

November 12, 2014

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San Pedro de Atacama is, without a doubt, one of the main must-dos in Chile for visitors from all over the world. If it were not for all the great tourist services and sights near this small outpost town in the middle of the desert, it probably wouldn’t get many visitors at all. But the number […]

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Where to Buy Souvenirs in Chile

October 27, 2014

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Terra cotta pottery

Before you head back home from your trip to Chile, you’ve got to take stock of what you’re bringing back with you. Maybe in the north you bought a poncho, or you headed to Pomaire and bought some terra cotta dishes or three-legged lucky pigs. Or maybe you’ve loaded up your bag with the legal allotment of Chilean wine. But there’s always room for a few more items, for yourself, the person watching your house while you’re gone, or your child’s teacher, who helped you out by giving you your child’s homework assignments in advance. Here’s a quick guide to where to round out your souvenir shopping in Santiago before getting on the plane to go back home.

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Beaches and History in Iquique, in Northern Chile

October 1, 2014

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Iquique, in the north of Chile has several things that no other city in the country has. It was a historically important town in the saltpeter (nitrate) industry, which can be seen in the structure and architecture of the city. It also has beach access that is significantly warmer (and more surfable) than many other beaches in the country. And if that weren’t enough, there is also a rebuilt ship museum representing Chile’s most important naval battle, in which a wood-hulled Chilean ship sank an ironclad Peruvian one.

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