Barrio Lastarria in Santiago, Chile

Santiago, capital of Chile, has never had the same allure for travellers as some of the other big cities in South America.  Hopefully that’s changing.  It’s a vibrant city, with fantastic food and wine, and an easy entry point from Australia or New Zealand. I didn’t have a lot of time there on my last visit, […]

The Amazing Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

I had been wanting to visit the Atacama Desert for ages.  It’s the driest desert in the world, with scenery that is truly spectacular. Arriving in San Pedro de Atacama, the little town on the edge of the desert, was pretty exciting.   It is simply gorgeous. The town itself is tiny with cute little dusty […]

A Day in Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, also known as Valpo, seemed to me to be the flip side to Santiago. While Santiago is tidy, orderly and reserved, Valpo is noisy, chaotic, messy, loud and dusty. Brightly coloured houses, with washing strung along the sides, sit perched in the hills, while the port throbs and heaves below. It was a gorgeous […]

Checking out Santiago, Chile

Quintay, Chile

I landed in Santiago on Sunday morning at the ungodly hour of 5.15 am.  I was staying at a lovely little guest house with only a few rooms, and as luck would have it one of the rooms occupied by a couple from Auckland, Robyn and Colin, who I ended up spending the next couple of days with. […]