Category Archives: South America

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Chile by the Numbers

“Why is everybody so down on Chile?”, I kept asking Heather. Indeed, during our time in this long, coastal country, we were wowed by beautiful beaches, bustling cities, rumbling volcanoes, delicious wine, friendly people, and (believe it or not) even some good food. In short, it was so much different (and better) than we had […]

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Hiking the “W” Part I – Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

We left El Calafate and Argentina to head across the border, towards Puerto Natales and nearby Torres del Paine National Park. This park is supposed to be one of the most beautiful in Southern Patagonia, offering many different hiking opportunities around its stunning mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, and rivers. The classic trek through Torres del […]

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Walking on a Glacier – El Calafate, Argentina

The journey from Puerto Madryn to El Calafate was our longest bus trip to date. Argentina is a massive country (it’s the 8th largest country in the world) and we knew we would have some mammoth bus trips in store for us. Our bus left Puerto Madryn at 7pm and we arrived at our transfer […]

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Argentina’s Gorgeous Lake District – Bariloche, Argentina

Our next stop after Valdivia, Chile took us across the border back into Argentina to a town we’d heard a lot about. Backpackers rave about Bariloche as its stunning landscapes and nature provide a spectacular backdrop for hiking, camping, fishing, cycling, horseriding, kayaking, skiing and paragliding. We were looking forward to soaking up the views […]

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Sea Lions, Seafood & Beer – Valdivia, Chile

With the taste of disappointment still fresh on our tongues, we walked to the Pucón bus terminal to catch our ride to Valdivia. Still mocking us, the volcano was perfectly clear in sight as there wasn’t a cloud anywhere near it. Boy, had we picked the wrong day to climb… Valdivia was a spontaneous addition […]

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Disappointment on Volcano Villarrica – Pucón, Chile

We had first heard about Pucón and the Villarrica Volcano all the way back in Nicaragua, and it was one of the things we were most looking forward to in Chile. On the active Volcan Cerro Negro outside Leon, Nicaragua, we hiked to the top carrying a sandboard, which we used to slide down the […]

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Earthquakes, Poets, and Roasted Nuts – Santiago, Chile

The road journey between Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, Chile is supposed to be one of the most spectacular in South America. Having heard this, we booked a morning bus from Mendoza so we wouldn’t miss any of the scenery along the way. As we left the Mendoza Valley, the bus began climbing through the Andean […]

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