Punta Arenas was the southernmost city I reached during my travels. While walking around, I occasionally saw signs that indicated we were in the "Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena." Aight, so I was in Magallanes and not Antarctica (no way was I gonna swing that on a backpacker budget), but it was still … Continue reading Punta Arenas
The center of Puerto Varas, in Chile's Lake District, offers beautiful views of Lago Llanquihue and Volcan Osorno. Travelers choose it as a more charming alternative to Puerto Montt, a larger city nearby that serves as a cruise port. While in Puerto Varas, I was most excited to visit Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales, about … Continue reading Puerto Varas
Pucon is a cute, touristy town nestled between lakes and volcanos. It's a popular spot for vacationing Chileans, and its center happens to contain a grocery store called Eltit (cue 11-year-old giggling). I didn't know how many activities Pucon offered until I arrived at my hostel Chili Kiwi. I met a guest who had stayed in … Continue reading Pucon
It's been a while. I know. I had some Life Things (i.e., a job search and a move) to deal with the past few months. So, the blog has been neglected. That's sad because I haven't even gotten to talk about some of my favorite places (Patagonia and Medellin, OMG). Now that I'm kinda sorta … Continue reading Alice Who?
When travelers say a location is "just like any other big city," chances are good that I'll end up liking it. Maybe I like to be contrarian. Maybe I arrive in the city with low expectations. Whatever the reason, it's just how things have worked. I'd met a few locals and travelers who said Santiago … Continue reading Santiago and Valparaiso