Chile

Stretching for nearly 4300 kilometers along the western façade of the South American continent, Chile never reaches the 400 kilometers of width between the coast and its eastern border, Bolivian in its northern part, Argentinean in its southern part. From north to south, Chile unfolds an astonishing variety of landscapes. Most of the north of the country, where the Atacama Desert extends, is extremely arid. Further south is the Lakes Region, very popular with Chileans because of its temperate climate and green landscapes. Finally, after a long detour by the sea… or by Argentina, in order to go around the gigantic glacial expanses, we reach Patagonia up to the Torres Del Plaine Park. A wild and hostile land where landscapes of great beauty unfold. We will also make a detour to Valparaiso and Easter Island, an isolated Chilean territory in the middle of the ocean that remains a place full of mysteries more than two centuries after its discovery by Europeans. Discover the countries I have visited:

El Tatio Geysers: the magical Atacama’s geothermal field

El Tatio Geysers: the magical Atacama’s geothermal field

The Atacama Desert in northern Chile… In this mineral world where everything seems so big, so infinite, and so calm. But some rocks are impatient. They wait for the morning surge of the geysers to warm up from the cold night ! Located about 50 miles north of San Pedro...
The Atacama Desert: See Life in Pink (Flamingo)

The Atacama Desert: See Life in Pink (Flamingo)

The Atacama Desert in northern Chile reveals astonishing landscapes at the feet of the Andes Mountains. The Salar de Atacama is about 34 miles south of San Pedro de Atacama. This salt flat covers an area of 1,200 square miles and is roughly 62 miles long and 50 miles...
The Atacama Desert, welcome to Mars !

The Atacama Desert, welcome to Mars !

Lunar landscapes, snow-topped volcanoes, vast salt lakes, bubbling geysers: the landscape of the Atacama is breathtaking. The Atacama Desert lies in the northernmost part of Chile. The region is sometimes called “El Norte Grande” and extends from the Peruvian border...
Easter Island, « The Mysterious Island »

Easter Island, « The Mysterious Island »

Like the island described in Jules Verne’s, “The Mysterious Island”, Rapa Nui or Easter Island, lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, holds many archaeological and cultural treasures. Indeed, Easter Island could have been an integral part of Verne’s series...
Easter Island, Mysterious Rapa Nui

Easter Island, Mysterious Rapa Nui

Isolated in the middle of the southeastern Pacific Ocean nearly 2,340 miles from Santiago de Chile, 2,646 miles from Tahiti, 4,650 miles from Honolulu, and 4,245 miles from Los Angeles, Easter Island is one of the world’s most isolated spots. It is about 15,3 miles...
A visit to Valparaiso, the Chile’s Colorful Coastal City

A visit to Valparaiso, the Chile’s Colorful Coastal City

A stop in Valparaíso (Valpo to locals) is a must-do when visiting Chile. Valparaiso is located 70 miles northwest of the capital Santiago and is the second largest metropolitan area in the country. Its name means “Valley of Paradise”. In 2003 the historic center of...
Los Lagos Region or Araucania, a Mythical Land

Los Lagos Region or Araucania, a Mythical Land

The Los Lagos Region or the Araucania in southern Chile is located 435 miles from Santiago and stretches between the cities of Temuco and Puerto Montt. It is a popular holiday destination for Chileans. The mildness of its climate and the beauty of the landscape...
Chiloé, Patagonia seen from the Sea

Chiloé, Patagonia seen from the Sea

The Chiloé archipelago, in southwestern Chile, consists of 40 small islands, 36 of which are inhabited, and lies off the coast of the Los Lagos Region. The main island, Isla Grande Chiloé, is as big as Corsica and separated from the mainland by the Chacao Strait. It...
Torres del Paine, 50 shades of blue

Torres del Paine, 50 shades of blue

The Aymara people gave this narrow strip of land squeezed between the Andes to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the west the name “Chile”, meaning “the land lost in the sea”. Full of unusual places, surprises, and contrasts it stretches over 2,670 miles between...