On this page you can find maps and some of our most memorable photos from Chile, along with a few comments, hard-learned lessons and/or observations and/or warnings to others, and generally interesting stuff that pertains to the country. All our blog posts (aka journal entries) for Chile can be found by clicking on this link:

http://www.travelingbones.com/?cat=29

The route we covered in Chile is highlighted on the maps below:

Route through Chile

Our foray into Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, from April 12 - 15.

Route from Bariloche (Argentina) to Santiago, Chile

Route from Bariloche (Argentina) to Santiago, Chile. The squiggly line indicates a bus transfer. Click the map for a larger image.

Trip through Chile

Our trip through Chile, including the Atacama Desert and Easter Island. Note that the bus trip from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama took about 20 hours. We made a stop in La Serena (labeled as Coquimbo on the map).

Route from Easter Island to Mendoza (Argentina)

Route from Easter Island to Mendoza (Argentina). We stayed 1 day longer than planned on Easter Island because LAN Chile canceled our flight (and didn't tell us).

Here are a few of our best photos of Chile. You can find more in the individual journal entries:

Lago Pehoe in Torres del Paine, Chile

Lago Pehoe in Torres del Paine, Chile. Our hotel was on the island in the middle of the lake.

Cuernos del Paine at dusk

Cuernos del Paine at dusk.

A guanaco in Torres del Paine Park

A guanaco in Torres del Paine Park.

The cuernos at sunrise

The cuernos at sunrise in TdP.

Massive granite formations known as the Torres del Paine

Massive granite formations known as the Torres del Paine.

Robin and an Atacama Desert volcano

Robin and an Atacama Desert volcano.

Valley of the Moon at Sunset

Valley of the Moon at Sunset.

Chilean flamingo in the Atacama Desert

Chilean flamingo in the Atacama Desert.

Altiplano lake in the Atacama Desert

Altiplano lake in the Atacama Desert.

Easter Island / Rapa Nui is one weird place. So weird, in fact, that we have a separate section dedicated to the many pictures we took there. You can find more pics here (http://www.travelingbones.com/?projects=easter-island) and all the journal entries here (http://www.travelingbones.com/?cat=69). Here are a few more pics to finish off the Chile section!

Pierre & Robin on Easter Island

Pierre & Robin on Easter Island. You can find more Easter Island pictures in the Easter Island section.

Robin and the Moai on Easter Island

Robin and the Moai on Easter Island. You can find more pictures in the Easter Island section of this site.

LESSONS LEARNED:

  • If you’re going to Torres del Paine in the off season, don’t assume that you can easily get around the park using the standard bus system. In many cases, the bus comes only once per day. Don’t rely on the catamaran on Lago Pehoe either, as it only makes 1 trip per day (vs. the usual 3 trips during the high season).
  • If you want to hike the “W” in TdP, you’ll want to get a room at Hosteria Las Torres. Other park hotels are quite far from the trailhead.
  • Re-confirm your flights with LAN if you’re going to Easter Island. The airline has a history of messing with scheduled flights if they’re not full. They will blame cancellations on the “Civil Aviation Authority” or whatever is convenient at the time. They suck, but they’re the only airline that serves the island from South America.
  • Eat at the Mercado Central in Santiago. It’s delicious, and the seafood is fresh, fresh, fresh!
  • Take the subway to get anywhere in Santiago. It seems to come every 3 minutes, so you won’t have to wait very long. BART administrators, take note! If you want to see a real subway system, go to Santiago.

1 Comment

  1. Ed
    April 20, 2011

    Be sure to write a travel guide of some kind and post it online–there’s probably a way to make this information available to others. I doubt that I will ever get to where you traveled on this trip, but others may value this information.

    Photos are great!

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Chile (Apr 12-15; Apr 19-May 2, ’11)

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