Category Archive: Chile

Torres del Paine, Chile, Part 2

The worst part about sleeping in dorm rooms?  All the snoring.  In a six-person dorm you’re almost guaranteed to have at least two heavy snorers.  And I didn’t pack ear plugs.  By the… Continue reading

Torres del Paine, Chile, Part 1

It’s kind of fun to have no idea where I’m going next. With almost two months before the next sure thing on my calendar (a visit to Denver in December), I had plenty… Continue reading

4WD Tour from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Uyuni, Bolivia, Part 2

On the second day of our trip I barely made it out of bed in time to watch the sun rise.  Our group ate a quick breakfast as our drivers defrosted the SUVs… Continue reading

4WD Tour from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Uyuni, Bolivia, Part 1

I walked to the Estrella del Sur office a little before 8am.  Three other people were already there waiting for our tour to start:  Matthew and Natacha, a friendly French couple in their… Continue reading

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile (Second Visit)

Freezing in the thin, cold air at the El Tatio geyser field made it clear that I needed to adjust my wardrobe.  Up until that point I’d been fine with mostly T-shirts and… Continue reading

Valparaiso and Santiago, Chile (Plus Guest Blog)

Marie and I spent just one night in Santiago before catching a bus to Valparaiso, the “cultural capital” of Chile and its second-largest city.  Valparaiso is on the coast, only 120 kilometers west… Continue reading

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, Part 2

Marie and I knew we had to wake up early, but there’s a difference between the idea of the alarm going off at 3:30am and the reality of the alarm going off at… Continue reading

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, Part 1

From Puerto Varas I took an 11-hour night bus to Santiago.  It was the nicest bus I’d ever been on in my life, with a wi-fi connection, a power outlet for my laptop,… Continue reading

Puerto Varas, Chile

Many of the backpackers I’ve met on this trip take offense if someone refers to them as a tourist.  “I’m not a tourist!” they protest indignantly, with more than a hint of self-righteousness. … Continue reading

Navimag Ferry from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt, Chile

There were several ways to return north from Patagonia.  I could go back the way I came.  I could fly.  Or I could take the ferry from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt.  I… Continue reading