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Chile - Travel Blog & Photos from a Backpacker



A very easy country to travel in, Chile maintains a lifestyle similar to Europe! It has something for everyone including the icey southern regions to the lagoons and desert in the north! If you enjoy fine cuisine and wine, trekking, outdoor activities, the inspiring views of lakes, salt flats, amazing forests and beautiful mountains, Chile is an inspirational country to travel!

I have been in Chile a few times now, several times in the north of the country and a trip I did in 2014 from the north all the way down to Santiago visiting some cool places along the way. Here are my experiences and story.
Read more about Santiago

Things To Do In The Neighborhoods Of The Capital - Santiago

 » photoset (312 photos) « I had passed through Santiago a few times before but didn't visit the city properly until a recent trip in 2014. I spent 3 days walking many kms exploring and I must say that I absolutely loved the place. I stayed very close to the Plaza de Armas, this really is the heart of the city, not the plaza but the blocks all around filled with 100's of shops, places to eat and street activity ranging from music groups to clowns and comical impersonators. More   date: May 2008, April 2009, April 2014
Read more about San Pedro de Atacama

Tours Of Lagoons, Caves & Moon Valley - San Pedro de Atacama

 » photoset (162 photos) « I had passed through San Pedro de Atacama twice (in 2009 and 2010) on my way between Salta Argentina and northern Chile before I returned in 2014 and actually visited the place, I'm so glad I did! This was the beginning of my trip from northern Chile down to Santiago and across to Argentina and back up again during April / May 2014. More   date: April 2014, May 2014
Read more about Antofagasta

Top Attractions Are The Historical Center & Street Art - Antofagasta

 » photoset (127 photos) « So what do I know about Antofagasta? I know as much about the place as you would know after walking around the city for 6 and a half hours. It's not a bad place at all. There is not a ton of attractions but it's a good place for a stopover. The city is known as a busy place for miners, they come from all around and the city has plenty of 'ladies of the night' to cater for them too I believe, this is what I have read. More   date: April 2014
Read more about La Serena

Tour Of The City & Military Base - La Serena

 » photoset (85 photos) « La Serena, the place in Chile to come and enjoy the beaches and coastline in the summer months of January and February. A place to come and relax beside a swimming pool at a nice resort and drink locally produced papaya juice or a Pisco Sour. It all sounds fantastic and I'm sure it is, but I was not here in those summer months when I came to visit La Serena. More   date: April 2014
Read more about Coquimbo

English Neighbourhood, Fort, Port & Fish Markets - Coquimbo

 » photoset (73 photos) « Just 20mins from La Serena I arrived by bus in Coquimbo. Coquimbo has 56kms of coastline and like La Serena is a place to visit in the summertime for all beach and water type activities. However, Coquimbo has much to offer in the offpeak season with many sights around the city and I enjoyed walking around and exploring the place. More   date: April 2014
Read more about Valparaiso

An Easy Day Trip From Santiago - Valparaiso

 » photoset (163 photos) « Valparaiso is not a place to go and see specific sites, it is a place to explore the whole city from head to toe. From the port up into the chaotic and sometimes ramshackle neighborhoods in the hills. It's an artists and art lovers paradise, sure there are galleries but I'm not talking about those. More   date: April 2014
Read more about Santiago To Mendoza

Spectacular Bus Ride Across The Border - Santiago To Mendoza

 » photoset (38 photos) « This blog focuses on the ascent by bus from Santiago Chile up to over 3000 meters above sea level at Cristo Redenter which is the border crossing over to Argentina and Part 2 focuses and has photos of the descent all the way down to Mendoza, it is absolutely spectacular! The first leg of the trip took exactly 3hrs from Santiago to the top of the mountains at Cristo Redentor but we were actually stopped at roadworks for a good 30mins during that time. More   date: April 2014
Read more about Iquique

Georgian Architecture & Beach - Northern Tarapaca Region - Iquique

 » photoset (99 photos) « May 2014 It was great to be back in Iquique exactly 5 years after my first visit, however it was only 1 month after the magnitude 8.2 earthquake in April the previous month, so this was slightly on my mind. After checking into a hostel, making sure it wasn't next to or under a 10 storey building, I had a quick wander about the place in the late afternoon. More   date: May 2009, May 2014
Read more about Iquique to Arica / Border

5hrs By Bus In No-Mans Land - Iquique to Arica / Border

 » photoset (16 photos) « From Iquique to Arica is around a 5hr journey through a rocky and mountainous wilderness. The long and winding road weaves its way through the bleak and barren no man's land, the huge faces of rock are hard to comprehend. About 3hrs into the journey the bus stopped at a little sandwich and helados (icecream) stand called Donde Pepe, some locals came aboard with food at one point too. More   date: May 2009, May 2014
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Gateway To Peru, Walk Up The Headland El Morro de Arica - Arica

 » photoset (75 photos) « 4 times I have come to Arica, stayed or passed through. 2014 I stayed in Arica twice this year, once before heading south and once again on the way back from Iquique. I had a good day exploring a few new things I hadn't done before in the city. I hunted out some street art and murals around town and had a look at the military base. More   date: May 2009, May 2010, April 2014, May 2014
Read more about Paso de Jama to San Pedro de Atacama

5 or 6 Hours By Bus - Paso de Jama to San Pedro de Atacama

 » photoset (12 photos) « 2014 The 3rd time I have done this journey. There is now a new passport control office at Paso de Jama for both Argentina and Chile, no longer are they miles apart. Salta to Paso de Jama 5hrs, Paso de Jama to San Pedro de Atacama (or Calama) 5-6hrs, Salta to San Pedro de Atacama (or Calama) 10-11hrs.2009 / 2010 I travelled from Salta in Argentina to Calama in Chile on a bus for 10hrs and crossed the border at Paso de Jama. More   date: May 2009, May 2010, May 2014
Read more about Calama

A Stopover 90mins From San Pedro de Atacama - Calama

 » photoset (17 photos) « Calama is not the most exciting or most beautiful city in Chile I have been to. I stayed here for 2 nights as a break from bus travel. Around town there were some buskers, a rock fountain, a church, plaza, another rock fountain with a few animals on top. More   date: May 2009, May 2010, April 2014



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