Category Archive: South America

Easter Island

If you’re looking to break up a long flight from South America to Australia, try island hopping across the Pacific: Santiago to Easter Island to Tahiti to Auckland to Melbourne.  Because only seven… Continue reading

Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza is the capital city of the province of Mendoza, which is uniquely characteristic for its large squares, wide streets and canal-like trenches.  We had four nights here and made two day-trips to… Continue reading

Córdoba, Cuesta Blanca & Why We Use TripAdvisor

Córdoba is Argentina’s second-largest city and named after the more famous city of Córdoba in Spain.  We arrived in the early morning by an overnight bus from Buenos Aires.  Unlike in the US, buses are the… Continue reading

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is internationally recognized as “The Paris of South America,” and during our one week stay, it was easy to see why: the elegant avenues and exquisite architecture evoked more feelings of… Continue reading

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento was founded by the Portuguese in 1680, strategically opposite Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata.  A century of border disputes later, it was ultimately lost to the Spanish.… Continue reading

Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo is the southernmost capital of South America, but that’s nothing to boast about, since the latitudinal distances between Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Santiago are all within 1.5° (100 miles).  We only had… Continue reading

Valparaiso, Chile

Don’t mind the stench of urine on the streets… or the littered beer cans and wine bottles… or the fact that the place is a virtual ghost town. This is January 1st: the aftermath of… Continue reading

Pucón, Chile

Pucón, as described on Wikitravel, is “a backpacker’s Disneyland, filled with travel agencies that will offer you any kind of day trips imaginable.” That actually sums up the place pretty well! There are more… Continue reading

A food paradise in Puerto Varas, Chile

The moment we rolled in by bus to Puerto Varas, we instantly felt like we were transported to either Switzerland or Bavaria—from the snow-capped peaks across a pristine lake to the evergreen trees to… Continue reading

Torres del Paine and Chile’s famous W Trek

Is it possible to have too many exceptional experiences? Surely we’re going to max out on some invisible quota at this rate! We followed up our amazing Antarctic adventure with a four-day, 45-mile*… Continue reading