Category: Things To Do

Vegetarian Dining Tips for Chile

January 29, 2014

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Chile, like the surrounding countries in South America, is not exactly known for its vegetarian cuisine. Meat is big, and seafood is considered a treat. Both show up quite a lot on most menus. But there’s no reason to eat a cheese sandwich everywhere you go, and there are actually a few Chilean foods that [...]

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Spending a Week in Chile’s Lakes Region

January 8, 2014

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Many people describe the Chilean Lakes Region, in the near-south as being Switzerland-like. And it does have soft green hills and several sparkling lakes. But the iconic Osorno Volcano, visible from the town and tourist hub of Puerto Varas is a perfect volcanic cone that reminds some of Mount Fuji, in Japan. The expansive lakes region was settled by Germans, and still retains certain architecture and culinary offerings. The area is cooler and wetter than central Chile, and has waterfalls, and hikes through the Valdivian rainforest and continually changing skies that reflect off the lakes when the wind is still. To really take advantage of all this area has to offer, you’ll need a least a week. The sample itinerary below uses Puerto Varas and Castro, the main town on the island of Chiloé as its major hubs.

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New Year’s Eve in Valparaíso, Chile

December 11, 2013

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You might think that for New Year’s Eve, the place to be in Chile would be Santiago. While there are (not insubstantial) fireworks (fuegos artificiales ) in Santiago, the biggest party of the year takes place out on the coast, in Valparaíso, Chile, just seventy miles away.

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Chile’s Vendimia, the Yearly Grape Harvest Festival

December 4, 2013

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Even if you’re just starting to learn about Chile, one thing is for sure. You know about Chilean wine. You know that Chile is famous for its reds, specifically Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. You also know it for being where the once thought to be extinct Carmenere grape was rediscovered which has made this another [...]

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Spending Christmas in Santiago, Chile

November 13, 2013

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It's Christmas Time! Photo courtesy of gardener41 via Flickr.

Spending Christmas in Santiago is mainly a family affair here, and you’ll smell the barbequeing meat on every street corner, as families prepare for a giant dinner. Unlike in the United States, where for most people, Christmas Eve is the most important family-get-together, in Chile, December 25th is the big day, and nearly all commerce is closed. Transportation is running, but long-distance bus tickets and flights sell out, so it’s a good idea to buy ahead of time, especially on years when Christmas falls near a weekend.

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Markets in Santiago, Chile

November 6, 2013

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One of the main attractions of Latin America is the vibrant markets, which tend to be very different from how we shop for staples at home. Santiago, Chile is a very modern city with plenty of supermarkets, but it’s also lucky enough to have a good collection of permanent markets, that make shopping for fresh fruit, vegetables and other food products much less expensive and quite a bit more colorful.

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