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Chilean Hometown Glory

There’s much more to Chile than what you read in the guide books. We want to share a little bit of the hidden Chile with you, including real tips from real people. So we’re taking a peep into the hometowns of the Cascada Expediciones’ staff. Our staff come from all over this rich and varied country, from Patagonia in the deep south to the Atacama Desert in the far north, so who better to ask for recommendations when visiting Chile? 

Get to know Puerto Natales - The Gateway to Torres del Paine

Hotel on Puerto Natales Waterfront

Known as the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park, the town of Puerto Natales may seen by many as a quick stopover before heading off into the surrounding wilderness in search of adventure and natural wonder, but taking a few days to explore the town and its immediate surroundings offers a glimpse into the diverse and fascinating history and culture of this part of Patagonia.

Patagonia's Past: The History of the Irish in Chile

san cristobal hill on st. patrick's day

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and that means that today, across the world, Irish people and people who wish they were Irish will be downing insane amounts of beer, tucking into corned beef and soda bread, and having a merry ol’ time. Including the Irish-Chileans.

Wait...Irish people in Chile? You bet! (Luck of the Irish, right?) 

8 Reasons Chile's Central Wine Valleys are the Perfect Romantic Getaway

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start figuring out how to mark the occasion. But this year, in place of the usual fancy dinner with wine, why not go right to the source of that aphrodisiac libation and spend Valentines in the heart of South American wine culture: Chile’s wine valleys.

Feliz Año Nuevo: Chile's New Year's Eve Traditions and Epic Fireworks

bubbly champagne new years

Pop open the bubbly and raise a glass, it’s New Year’s Eve!

All around the world, many countries and cultures have their own regional ways to ring in the new year. For Chileans, it’s an occasion to party and be merry until the wee hours of the morning, drink traditional drinks like cola de mono, travel to the coast to see Valparaiso’s annual fireworks or watch the fireworks in their hometowns, and run through a laundry list of customs to ensure a prosperous and successful coming year.

A Very Merry Chilean Christmas: Chile's Holiday Traditions

christmas stock pic

Deck the halls and light the lights, it’s that special time of year!

Countries around the world each have their own unique holiday traditions, and Chile knows exactly how to celebrate this joyous season. But you’ll find no White Christmases here (but lots of cheer!). With the holiday season taking place during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer, instead of chilly weather and warm fires, holiday revelers enjoy their shopping and festivities in warm, sunny weather, cooling off with trips to the beach or seasonal foods and beverages.

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