Valparaiso, Chile: The Technicolor City


Valparaiso, Chile’s Cerro Allegre as seen from the Palacio Astoreca

Ninety minutes northwest of the Santiago Airport and right on the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso, Chile sprawls up and over 43 hills in a South American version of San Francisco. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, slowly being rescued from a moldering state of elegant decay, its buildings painted like a cross between an outdoor art museum and a basket of Easter eggs.

Requiring sturdy walking shoes and a willingness to keep your eyes open to detail and design, an exploration of the winding streets, funiculars, harbor, seafood and architecture here was one of my all-time favorite urban adventures

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Chile’s Atacama Desert: The Moon is Made of Salt


According to British cartoon characters Wallace and Gromit, the moon is made of cheese.

But after exploring the bizarre, fascinating Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) in Chile’s Atacama Desert, I’m more inclined to believe the moon is made of salt.

(Or metallic iron, sulfur, nickel and various minerals that end in “ene.” Whatever. Just come along with me on this.)

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TWT Travel Binder: Chile

Here are some resources to help you plan your own “travels with two” to Chile.

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