My Santiago sightseeing took place piecemeal while I was traveling in Chile. First there was my amazing day of wine tasting in the Maipo Valley, then came my evening of exploring bits and pieces of the Santiago restaurant scene after a day in Valparaiso. But it was only on my last day in Chile that I had the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time exploring the city center.
There’s something different about Patagonia. Way down at the end of the Earth, the region at first seems similar to other places in the world. But upon closer inspection, it reveals its own unique character that distinguishes it from anywhere else.
Easter Island has always intrigued me. The tiny triangle of land is isolated in the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, but its mysterious history and unique moai statues make it famous throughout the world. I couldn’t take a trip to Chile without visiting.
I love the desert. There’s something awe-inspiring about an environment so harsh that only the most impossibly adaptable species of flora and fauna can survive. There’s something beautiful about dry, hot landscapes, cracked earth, and mountainous sand dunes. And there’s something powerful in a night sky so full of stars that it makes you remember your insignificance in the universe.
A lot of people have asked me why I chose to visit Chile. The answer is twofold. One, by February I find myself so tired of the winter in London that I always take a trip to a warm destination at the end of the month.