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.
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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.
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.
Located just a short drive from Santiago, the San Francisco-esque city of Valparaiso is a popular stop for visitors hoping to get exposed to Chilean art and culture, as well as some fresh sea breeze after the stuffy, high mountain air of Santiago.
Cultures and countries all over the world have each added their own unique twist to one of the most common and enoyable meals of all time: the sandwich. The medianoche, the Philly, the banh mi, the doner kebab, the croque monsieur...a good “sammie” transcends borders and connects people all over the world, because who doesn’t love a good sandwich?
With winter chills and heavy snows settling over much of the northern hemisphere, the joys of summertime - the feel of warm sunshine on bare skin, cold popsicles by the pool, spending a relaxing day hiking or going for a bike ride - seem like a distant memory.
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.
It’s a new year, which means that around the world, people are making resolutions to better themselves.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is getting in on the action, designating 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
When poet Pablo Neruda wrote about the bright stars and night sky of his beloved Chile, he used simple but strong phrases, evoking color and movement. With a few words - “...the night sky is full of stars, and the stars, blue, shiver in the distance..." - he captured a sense of peaceful vastness, coupled with both fascination and helplessness at the grandness of the night sky.
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.