As mentioned already in my last few posts, I came to Chile this time with the main purpose of flying down to Antarctica. In order to make sure that I wouldn’t miss the chartered flight and cruise, I decided to arrive in the Punta Arenas in southern Chile a couple days earlier. There is not … Continue reading King Penguins in Porvenir Feb 2020
With the halt in all travels and everyone homebound, hope these posts from my February travels can provide a brief respite from the coronavirus and all the troubles we are now facing. Hopefully life will return to normal soon! Chiloé means “place of seagulls” in the Huiliche language and this island in Chile had always … Continue reading Churches of Chiloe Feb 2020
After a short couple of days in Pucon in the Chile’s Lake District, I moved south to Chiloé which is a good 7 hours drive away. Chiloé archipelago was originally inhabited by the Mapuche Chono, Huilliche, and Cunco peoples and was one of the last places to be taken over by the Spanish conquistadores in … Continue reading Castro, Chile Feb 2020
This is my 4th visit to Chile and the main reason for coming here this time is to do the Air-Cruise to Antarctica. Most Antarctica cruises leave from Ushuaia in Argentina that involves crossing the rough seas of the Drake Passage which takes 2 days before arriving in Antarctica. As I am prone to sea-sickness, … Continue reading Pucon, Chile Feb 2020
Patagonia in the southern part of Chile was one of the more difficult places to get to, especially from Asia. I flew from the States to Santiago and connected to Punta Arenas and then it was another 5 hour drive into Torres del Paine national park where my hotel, Explora, is located. It is an all inclusive hotel taking you on 2 half-day or 1 full-day excursion each day. There are 50 guided explorations on foot and horseback to the remotest areas inside Torres del Paine to choose from.
Easter Island or Rapa Nui is probably the most remote place in the world I ever will be, other than Antartica. It is truly in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by water, with no other land mass in sight. A lot of its history is still a mystery because there is no written record and little oral history to be found on the island. It is believed that deforestation, internal wars, rat infestation led to the end of the Moai (the massive statues) period. The massive statues called Moais are believed to be representations of deified ancestors. They are erected along the coastline facing the villages which they watch over and protect.
Atacama Desert in northern Chile is known to be the driest place in the world. Before arriving, I envisioned super dry skin and chapped lips, but strangely enough, it was not as dry as I thought. I have had drier skin in NYC in the winter. What is interesting in Atacama Desert is its Martian landscapes, salt flat and lagoons, geysers and wind-swept canyons.