If you are planning a trip to Chile, you may find selecting where to go very daunting. Although not very wide, Chile stretches seemingly forever (more than 2500 miles long!) along South America's western flank. Bordered on one side by the Pacific ocean and to the east, the Andes mountains, the north consists of one giant desert and the south full of glaciers and waterfalls, the country screams diversity and contains activities that suit every taste and desire. The National Parks in Chile are numerous and vast and you can only hope to visit them all sometime in your life.
Posts from the ‘Chile’ Category
If any of you remember, we walked into Chile way back on January 28! Since then, we have had a great love affair with this country. Chile has some of the friendliest, most interesting people. People who are innately curious and who offer much in terms of their culture and of course their food! Let's take a walk down Chilean food memory lane.
Did you know that there is a war going on? Well, here in Chile, the war against Peru is alive and well and it has been going on for 400 years! Esepcially in the town of Pisco Elqui, when in 1936, the name was changed from La Union to Pisco Elqui just to prove how passionate the Chilean's are about 'their' national beverage, Pisco. Corner any Chilean and ask if Pisco is Peruvian or Chilean and you will likely get a heated, passionate response that will naturally end in favor of Chile. Both Peru and Chile lay claim to fame to this controversial beverage. So who wins? The war rages on!
We're back! It was my first time taking a 'vacation' to go 'home' so that was kind of weird but it was also pretty amazing to be able to make this opportunity happen. It was a bit of a whirlwind and time flew by for both of us but it was great seeing so many friends and family. I discovered I don't miss New York that much but I miss its people. Okay, so I missed burgers, pizza and bagels!! And real coffee! Now we are back to 'No es cafe' (Nescafe).
After Cochamo, we ventured out to Valdivia. I was told that I shouldn't miss the market there because it's full of fresh seafood and it's true. Although small in size, it's a market lovers paradise. You can purchase different types of fresh fish & get it cut up right on the spot to take home & cook up a feast
Oh my god, I hate it when a stupid song gets stuck in your head. Especially when you know ALL the lyrics by some senseless osmosis force to the inane song. How does that happen? It's not like I ever purchased the Beach Boys single 'Kokomo' and listened to it over and over thus memorizing the lyrics. But somehow it happened.
For our last two days in Chiloe, we decided to head to the west coast and access the northern part of the Parque Nacional Chiloe. This part is more inaccesible than its southern part but its remoteness lends it a more rugged landscape with little tourists. It reminded me a lot of coastal California with wild beaches, huge cliffs and the pacifc ocean crashing in.
We finally made it to Puerto Montt, beyond exhausted. We were pretty disheveled at this point. The ferry arrived at 6 am and we made our way through a real city! Puerto Montt has just about 200,000 people, so not such a big city by real world standards but for us, it was the largest city we had seen in a very long time. Huge, real double-decker (!) buses rushed passed us. After seeing just minibuses for the past month, these buses looked heavenly.
For the past 5 months, Laurent & I have been traveling around going from one jaw-dropping landscape to the next. But this was truly some of the most beautiful nature I had ever seen. Patagonia in this part of Chile, was vastly different than anything I had ever experienced.
After waiting in Villa O Higgins until Friday we took the "bus". The bus was actually more like a minivan and the ride that followed was just the beginning of our dusty, bumpy journey. Now, when I say dusty...I REALLY mean dusty!!