The front and steeple of the church visible at the waterfront.

Discover Puerto Varas

Picturesque Puerto Varas appeals widely to conventional tourists, while for more adventurous visitors it’s a great base destination for nearby recreation.

Cows graze at a grassy bank at the edge of a placid river.

Discover the Wild Woodlands of the Chiloé Archipelago

The heartland of Chilean folklore, greener than Washington and Oregon, rain-soaked Chiloé is an archipelago whose wild western woodlands are darker than the Black Forest and traversed by trails leading to secluded ocean beaches with rolling dunes. Its cultural landscape is a mosaic of field and forest, and its seas yield some of Chile’s most diverse seafood.

Parque Nacional Conguillío, Chile.

Visit Parque Nacional Conguillío in the Chilean Lakes District

Directly east of Temuco, 3,125-meter Volcán Llaima’s smoldering crater is Conguillío’s most eye-catching feature. Since colonial times, Chile’s second most active volcano has recorded dozens of violent eruptions. Plan a visit to this UNESCO biosphere reserve that abounds with dozens of other lava flows, secondary cones, alpine lakes, river canyons, and the Araucaria forest that it was created to protect.

Moon Patagonia

Travel writer Wayne Bernhardson covers the best sights and adventures that Patagonia has to offer, from viewing the jagged peaks of Cuernos del Paine and hiking on Argentina’s Moreno Glacier to visiting Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Bernhardson also offers various trip strategies, including The Andean Lakes Loop and The Natural History Tour. Including details […]

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, […]