Central Area Travelogues

Volcano Skiing

I write this after having just returned from a vacation in Chile with my friend Vincent. The two of us are adept skiers and thrill seekers, came to Chile with the hopes of scaling three volcanoes, Lonquimay, Antuco, and Volcan Nevado, close to where we would be staying, and then skiing them. Unfortunately we were struck with some terrible weather [...] Read more ››

Valparaiso Chaos

I was invited by a friend to visit Valparaiso, who thought I would enjoy this unique city she’s called home for nearly a dozen years. Considering the fact that I’m taking the time to write down my thoughts about it, I’d say she was either very right or very wrong. Well in fact she was very right. Be it the [...] Read more ››

Matetic Wine Tour

Down to our last day in Chile, we decided to splurge for a car rental so we could quickly get ourselves around and explore what we could. The simple process of getting a car wasn’t quite as easy as we had hoped, cutting into our travel time by a couple hours, but these are the joys of travelling in a [...] Read more ››

This is an account of our journey to Easter Island. Now before you go getting excited for the wrong reasons, Easter Island is not the home of the Easter Bunny, overflowing with chocolate eggs. What it is, is a well known island off the coast of Chile, world famous for its incredible Stone statues depicting giant Maoi heads. We’ve been here [...] Read more ››

Snowboarding in Chile

I have been to some cool places in my time, and done some crazy things, and one of the trips that sticks out the most in my mind was my skiing and snowboarding trip to the Chilean Andes. Portillo, close to the border of Chile and Argentina was our base for this event, and we could tell right away as [...] Read more ››

Skiing in Portillo

It was lunchtime when we reached Portillo, following a 3 hour bus ride. This area is rather chaotic, with a large volume of traffic incoming and outgoing on the weekends, both locals and tourists. We had our single-sex shared hotel rooms booked about an hour later and headed out to the slopes to get some skiing in. I was sharing [...] Read more ››

Skiing in Valle Nevado

It was quite a restless night. After arriving here yesterday, we had been up late, not yet having adjusted to the shift in timezones. By the time we did finally fall asleep, we had two separate instances of strangers bounding into our hostel room looking for someone else. It’s a wonder we didn’t sleep right through the alarm and the [...] Read more ››

September 18th

For those who don’t know, “the dieciocho” is a national holiday in Chile, taking place on September 18th, with the 19th being a holiday as well. With most people booking off time from work on the day that falls nearest to the weekend, it works out to be a 5 day break filled with merriment for Chileansand tourists. I sometimes [...] Read more ››

Santiago

Santiago is often the springboard or ending point of many a South American journeys, and I had heard some poor things about, which I was quite surprised in retrospect after visiting it. It just goes to show that you can’t take everything you hear at face value. Some travellers are just cranks I suspect. Maybe because many people start their [...] Read more ››

Santiago ́s downtown like Toronto

The strangest thing about Santiago for me was that it felt very much like my hometown of Toronto, Canada, in a good way. The streets were very organized and clean, the people were friendly, it was a very comforting experience. Even walking around felt more like home, where pedestrians are generally given the right of way, which is not the [...] Read more ››