Cozy Pucon

I was settled in for a rather uneventful journey from Valdivia, which turned out to be anything but. We were a good ways along on our trek, maybe halfway or so, when suddenly the bus began to sound a little worse for wear. I suspected a flat tire, and it seemed the driver noticed this very quickly as well, as [...] Read more ››

Santiago and Valparaiso

November 5 – We took our first steps upon the unfamiliar terrain of Santiago this afternoon, taking a taxi from our drop off point to Mercure Hotel, just a short distance from Santa Lucia Subway Station, after which we struck out for food to feed our ravening stomachs. For this, we hit up the Bar de la Union, a place [...] Read more ››

Ski in Chillan

After exhausting the many possibilities for excitement in Pucon we hopped on a bus to Temuco, where we would then catch a train to Chillan Ski Center, in the hopes of getting some skiing in, a favourite pastime of ours. Finding an affordable hostel near to the slopes was proving quite a challenge however, and as it turned out the [...] Read more ››

Puerto Varas and surroundings

The journey by bus to Puerto Varas was fairly uneventful, mostly because I spent much of it either sleeping or absorbed in the new Harry Potter novel. By mid afternoon we had arrived at Puerto Varas, at which point thoughts of sleep and Hogwarts were cast aside. This old German colony maintains a distinctive look from any of the other [...] Read more ››

From Puerto Natales to Ushuaia by bus

It was now time for our bus trip to Ushuaia in Argentina. We searched around for a bit and found one that would take approximately 14 hours to get us from Puerto Natales to Argentina, with one short stop along the way. It departed at 7 a.m, which was fine with us. When you’re on vacation you’re used to waking up [...] Read more ››

Lago General Carrera and Patagonia

After 2 days gorging ourselves in Coyhaique we left feeling fully restored, and carrying bundles of treats with us for the journey ahead. Before we left town we headed to the Aysen information center in the hopes of learning more about the famous Sin Represa battle. As it turned out, we got lucky enough to have an American woman as [...] Read more ››

Great time in Perito Moreno and Torres del Paine

We were on our way to El Chalten, a small mountain town which peacefully rests between two rivers that begin in the South American ice cap. We had just been at the Perito Moreno glacier, a sight that defies all expectations. Form El Chalten we’d be venturing off into the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares in Argentina for a multi-day hiking trip, [...] Read more ››

From Buenos Aires to Chilean Lake District

Our journey in South America concluded with a restful visit to Chile. The flight over the Andes was really stunning, with volcanoes and mountain peaks jutting just above the encircling clouds. It was like something you’d see in a nature documentary, and we got to see it first hand. Our flight landed in Puerto Varas, a small town which reminded [...] Read more ››

Coyhaique and Northern Patagonia

I arrived at Puerto Montt on Saturday, and was to be at the ferry terminal by 9 AM to prepare for my scheduled departure. Puerto Montt is in the Southern end of Chile, very much feeling like it’s at the end of civilization. The railroad stops here, as does the paved highway. Further on are some dirt roads, but for [...] Read more ››

A great day in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

On Saturday I took a leisurely stroll around Valparaiso and happened to stumble upon a free concert taking place in a square. It was a group called Pachamama de Valparaiso, and I really enjoyed their performance. Later that evening I hooked up with Albert, a friend I had met while staying at the hostel in Santiago. We went to one [...] Read more ››