The Ascensores of Valparaíso

Nothing else distinguishes Valparaíso so much as its hillside ascensores. The funiculars which date from the late 19th century were once 33 in number but are now down to 14 or so with only half a dozen functional.

The Geography and History of the Juan Fernández Archipelago

The real-life Crusoe was Alexander Selkirk, a Scotsman marooned more than four years on a tiny but mountainous island several hundred kilometers off the South American coast. In what is now almost entirely national park land, visitors to what is now called Isla Robinson Crusoe, can hike to Selkirk’s lookout through forests of rare endemic plant species and observe endangered fur seal colonies in local launches.

The Hills of Valparaíso, Chile

Valparaíso is a walker’s city with steep staircases, narrow alleyways, and amazing views. Author Wayne Bernhardson outlines the most prominent landmarks in each of the city’s main hill neighborhoods.

Ski Resorts near Santiago, Chile

At the upper end of the Cajón del Mapocho, barely an hour from Santiago in the area known as Tres Valles, there are three major resorts: El Colorado, La Parva, and Valle Nevado. Here’s what you need to know about skiing near Santiago de Chile.

Ruta del Vino de Casablanca in the Chilean Heartland

Midway between Valparaíso and Santiago, several wineries have united to promote the Casablanca valley, one of Chile’s fastest-growing and most accessible wine regions. Best known for its whites, the Ruta del Vino de Casablanca enjoys a cool oceanic climate, though afternoons can get warm. As nearly all the wineries are on or near Ruta 68, they are convenient to public transportation; several have accommodations and restaurants.

Moon Chile

Seasoned author and South America expert Wayne Bernhardson covers the best of Chile’s rich history and culture, from skiing in the boroughs of Santiago to wine-tasting in the country’s heartland. To help travelers plan for their trip, Bernhardson includes insightful and fun suggested itineraries, such as Adventure in the Andes; The Best of Santiago, Valparaíso, […]

Discover the Wild Variety of Chile

In Benjamín Subercaseaux’s memorable phrase, Chile embodies una loca geografía — literally, “a crazy geography.” Here northern deserts, Mediterranean heartland, deep mountain lakes, soaring volcanoes, temperate rainforests, and Patagonian wildlands exist within a land area only a little larger than Texas.

Argentina’s Parque Nacional Iguazú

Everything you need to know about planning a trip to Argentina’s side of the awe-inspiring Iguazú falls, from an overview of the wildlife, to information about tours, accommodations, and other practicalities.