As we venture out into our world, travel can consist of a day visit to the closest towns or a journey that will place our feet clear on the other side of the world. It is all about discovery and about everywhere we walk. So, COME – EXPLORE WITH ME.
For anyone who has ever been fascinated by geography, the long, impossibly thin line of Chile has always produced a tiny moment of astonishment. Chile stretches over 4,300 km (2,700 mi) along the southwestern coast of South America, a distance roughly the same as that from San Francisco to New York, or Edinburgh to Baghdad. At the same time, its width never exceeds 240 km (150 mi), making the country more than 18 times longer than its widest point. Chile’s remarkable slenderness is caused by the Andes, a mountain range that is still rising and contains more than 50 active volcanic peaks.
Santiago is where our journey began. We visited the museums, monuments, horse race track and all of the architectural sights the city offers.
The Bellavista neighborhood is home to many restaurants and cafés. For stunning views of the city, head to the top of Cerro San Cristòbal, accessible by bus, funicular, or by a vigorous hike.
Viña Del Mar, Chile’s most luxurious resort town, attracts visitors from all over the world. Some come for Viña Del Mar ‘s tropical ambiance – its grand avenues lined with palms and banana trees, soft stretches of white sand beach, and its sybaritic plenitude of gourmet restaurants. While Viña’s celebrity has brought it any number of sleek, modern buildings, the character of the town is set by its many charming colonial houses. The most romantic way to tour Viña Del Mar is via Victoria, the region’s traditional horse-drawn carriage.
On to Puerto Montt by ship, we visited a Chilean farm; ate too much, watched the dancers and the rodeo.
Next stop is scenic Patagonia to see the penguins. True to form they marched in perfect order. It was a calm, day with blue skies and puffy white clouds.
Through Darwin Channel, on the calmest of seas, we saw the Chilean fjords. Next the Strait of Magellan, usually choppy and rough seas, was calm as glass for us.
We have completed eleven days of our 23 day adventure.