Winter in the city is a magical time, and with its mountainous surroundings and cosmopolitan hustle and bustle, Santiago is a winter wonderland on par with the best of them. Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Andean Cordillera, Santiago is South America’s rising star city, bursting with cultural activities, outdoor fun, a vibrant culinary scene, and endless entertainment options, from dawn til dusk and at all hours of the night.
Chile’s location on the far end of the Pacific Ring of Fire - a geographic hotspot of tectonic plate movement and active fault lines that results in regular volcanic and seismic activity - has an unexpected but welcome side effect: a network of close to 270 thermal hot springs spanning the length of the country, many of them perfect for a relaxing soak on a cold winter’s day.
Perched above steep valleys and clinging to snow-covered slopes throughout one of the most dramatic mountain ranges on Earth, Chile’s world-class ski resorts have everything you need to hit the slopes and spend your days “shoop-shoop-shooping” down some pretty epic runs and soaking up that high altitude sunshine and chilled air.
But with so many choices, how to pick the best resort for your skiing needs? Are you a downhill person, or more nordic? What about variety of runs? Different terrains? Groomed or powder? Where has the best snowfall?
Who doesn’t love an adorable penguin!? With their waddling gait, cute cries, and whimsical personalities, they are loved the world over, and Chile is one of the best places to see several species of penguins up close and personal.
So to celebrate World Penguin Day, enjoy these facts about Chile’s favorite flightless birds (sorry, Lesser Rhea).
As any lover of literature knows, reading takes you to places you’ve never been, and travel writing is especially transportive. Weaving personal experience with useful and insightful facts and information, travel books, or “travelogues”, have been a part of travel since the time of Marco Polo. Since then, as humans have traveled and explored the globe, they’ve kept records of their travels to help those who will follow in their footsteps.
With landscapes that were crafted by nature to be perfect winter wonderlands covered in fluffy white snow, hearty seasonal meals that banish the cold, and stores throughout the country stocked with wooly garments to bundle up in, Chile is the ultimate winter country - especially for winter sports enthusiasts!
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.
Did you know that there’s a mini-nation located somewhere amongst Chilean Patagonia’s vast expanses of crawling glaciers?
Well, there is! On March 5th, 2014, Greenpeace - never one for subtle gestures - used a loophole in Chilean law to declare that 8,800 miles of glacier-covered land was its own independent country - a “Glacier Republic” micronation.