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"I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests." by famous chilean poet pablo neruda
 

highights
Hiking in the Torres del Paine National Park, Climbing to the top of Volcan Villarica and seeing the lava erupt, Monkey Puzzle Hostal run by Brad & Vivi in Pucon

lows
Cavity search at Chilean customs border control, boring Santiago

head scratchers
No ATM in San Pedro de Atacama, Why are Chilean towns so ugly compared to Argentine ones just across the Andes?

 

 

population (mn)

15.5 million
capital Santiago
languages Spanish
religion Catholic
currency Peso
US$1 = 580 Pesos

  Click on the thumbnail shots below to see larger photos with descriptions.  
ratings (1-5) 5 = best
Friendliness: 3
culture: 3
fun: 4
transport: 5
nature: 5
food: 3

 

 
total score: 23/30

 

average cost per day
US $80 per day (for two) -- Accommodation, food and transport were expensive by South America standards.

 

 

 

 
  March 23 ->   THE GREAT NON-WHITE NORTH  
  March 10 ->   land o' lakes  
  February 28 ->   criss-crossing patagonia  
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chilean tourism board
general info
torres del paine info
monkey puzzle hostal, pucon