17. 01. 2014
Glacier-fed lake at the base of the Torres del Paine

Hiking in Torres del Paine National Park

We woke up early on January 17, stuffed our faces at breakfast, and headed out  with Felipe and three other fit guests towards the start of the hike up to the Mirador Los...

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15. 01. 2014
Gaucho herding sheep on the Strait of Magellan

On the Strait of Magellan

There was something strangely satisfying about walking alongside the Strait of Magellan when we arrived in Punta Arenas at sunset (1030PM) after a long journey on January 15. We left Puerto Guadal in...

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15. 01. 2014
Tyrolean Traverse in front of Glacier Leones in Patagonia

Northern Patagonia is Wild

Despite the Chilean government’s 50-year quest to colonize Northern Patagonia (there are fences everywhere indicating who owns what), it is still a wild place. On January 14, Alice, Kaleb, and I set off...

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13. 01. 2014
Driving the Carretera Austral in Patagonia

Sensory overload on the Carretera Austral

I met Alice and Kaleb on January 12 at the Balmaceda airstrip at the northern edge of Patagonia. Pascale, a kind French woman who spends half the year in Patagonia and the other...

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12. 01. 2014
Driving off the map in Chiloe

Top Secret Chiloe

After having our minds blown on our first day in Chiloe, Beth and I set out to explore more of the fabulous little island on the afternoon of January 11. We spent the...

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10. 01. 2014
Penguins on Chiloe

Chiloe will blow your mind

We headed southwest from Puerto Varas to Pargua and drove straight onto a Cruz del Mar ferry to cross to Chiloe. A group of sea lions welcomed us to the harbor, and we...

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08. 01. 2014
The road to Volcan Osorno

Playing in the shadow of Volcan Osorno

I spent three days in Puerto Varas with my friend Beth exploring the area around Lago Llanquihue and admiring and experiencing Volcan Osorno from every angle. Beth arrived from Costa Rica on the...

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05. 01. 2014
Volcano views from Puerto Varas

Driving the Pan American Highway

A nice guy from the Europcar office in Temuco dropped a Nissan Xtrail off at my hotel in Villarrica this morning, and I made my way to the famous Panamericana (Pan American) Highway...

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04. 01. 2014
Summit of Volcan Villarrica

Sledding down Volcan Villarrica

I climbed an active volcano today with the excellent folks at Summit Chile and then sledded most of the way down. It was an incredible experience. Claudio, the owner and lead guide, picked...

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03. 01. 2014
Mountain biking down Volcan Villarrica

Hanging on for dear life

I was wandering around Pucon on the afternoon of January 2 finalizing arrangements for my climb of the Villarrica Volcano with the kind folks at Summit Chile when they suggested I head a...

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01. 01. 2014
Entering Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant in Santiago

New Years Eve in Santiago

Santiago is a ghost town on New Years Eve. I took the photo above at rush hour, standing in the middle of a normally busy boulevard. Half the city absconds to Valparaiso for...

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30. 12. 2013
The Hills of Valparaiso

Wandering around Valparaiso

There are few things I enjoy more than wandering around interesting places, camera in hand, and Valparaiso is one of the most visually interesting places I’ve visited — paradise for curious photographers. Also,...

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29. 12. 2013
Sandboarding in the Atacama Desert

Who needs snow?

After two days of mountain biking and a late night stargazing excursion in the desert, we decided to haul ourselves out of bed and tackle one more activity in San Pedro de Atacama...

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28. 12. 2013
Jen floating in Laguna Cejar

The saltiest water on Earth

I didn’t expect to find water in the Atacma Desert, reputedly the driest place on our planet, so it was a bit of a surprise to spend the bulk of December 28 riding...

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27. 12. 2013
Entering Devil's Canyon

Stumbling on Incas

After refueling following our morning ride through Valle de la Luna, we saddled up again and headed out of San Pedro de Atacama with Leo to the Catarpa Valley for a mountain bike...

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27. 12. 2013

Mountain biking on the Moon

Jen, Clark, and I woke up early on December 27 and met Leo and Walter from Rutas Andinas for a mountain bike ride through the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon)....

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25. 12. 2013
Abandoned schoolhouse in Humberstone, Chile

Chilean ghost towns

I am a total sucker for urban ruins and abandoned places, so I was very excited to spend December 25 exploring two fascinating spots in the Chilean desert. Northern Chile has long had...

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23. 12. 2013
After surfing Playa Chinchorro

Finding peace in the swells of Playa Chinchorro

I have long wanted to surf. In fact, that’s one of the reasons we found ourselves in Arica for a few days at the start of the trip. The surfing in Arica is...

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21. 12. 2013
Overhead view of Arica beaches

Relaxing and Exploring Arica

Arica is Chile’s northernmost city, a legacy of the War of the Pacific. The town is perfectly situated along several nice stretches of beach, and the ocean is as warm here as it...

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