Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza
Experiment with different perspectives
Argentina has its gaucho; Chile its huaso. Where the gaucho is associated with week-long drives over the vast pampas, the huasos are more tied down to their farms.
Where the Pacific Ocean overflowed the map
Before the opening of Panama Canal, Valparaíso was one of the richest cities in the Americas, profiting from ships bound for the California Gold Rush putting in to refit after the treacherous rounding of Cape Horn.
Ever wondered what a sunset on the moon looks like?
The lunar-like landscape in the Cordillera de la Sal, or Salt Mountains, is like few places on earth.
The wine that’s back from the dead
In the Casablanca Valley, just south of Santiago, I watch the rich Chilean soil flow through the broad hands of noted local winemaker Ignacio Recabarren. He looks like a man in love, his eyes closed as he sniffs the aroma with his rather wonderful nose.
Why are Chileans less Latin than the rest of South America?
“I suppose we are the self-styled English of Latin America: sophisticated and hard-working but a bit class conscious,” says my friend Claudia Diaz as we walk through the chic Bellavista neighborhood of Santiago, the capital of Chile.
'Vina' vs. 'Valpo': quality or soul?
Society in Chile is a stratified one, and it is possible to identify class and political leanings by people’s preference for Viña del Mar or Valparaíso.
Chile's rodeo is far from romantic
The Argentine gaucho might be a more famous figure in worldwide terms – but Chile’s equivalent, the huasos, also have a prominent place in their own country.
Talar's salt flats will make you pinch yourself
On the way from San Pedro to the highland region of Talar in Atacama, Chile, I stop several times to take pictures of this beautiful landscape of tussocked grass.
What is it that defines a Chilean?
Hello Chile, where the fertile center strikes a balance between the too hot north and the icy south. The rich soil and abundant water have nourished the land and its people, producing the fruit for its wine and the inspiration for poet Pablo Neruda. Isolated by desert and the mighty Andes, the nation has always stood apart from its neighbors – but what is it that defines a Chilean?