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  • Video: The 1 minute guide to Chile

    Video: The 1 minute guide to Chile

    November 30th, 2017Colt St. George
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    Chile is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. From the parched peaks of the north’s Atacama Desert to the storied wilderness of Patagonia in the south, the nature here is nothing short of epic. That said, the country’s diverse landscapes are matched by its multitude of cultures – not to mention its top-notch city life and flourishing food scene. But with its... Read more »

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  • A postcard from San Pedro: finding life in one of the world’s driest deserts

    A postcard from San Pedro: finding life in one of the world’s driest deserts

    November 22nd, 2017Sarah Reid
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    The unique landscape surrounding the Chilean town of San Pedro de Atacama is one of the world’s top stargazing spots – but, in recent years, it’s also attracting a new wave of scientists. Sarah Reid reports from the roof of the world. Squeezing the last dollop of moisturiser out of the tube, I watch it absorb into... Read more »

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  • In pictures: exploring the otherworldly landscapes beyond Santiago

    In pictures: exploring the otherworldly landscapes beyond Santiago

    September 15th, 2017Nori Jemil
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    Santiago has transformed itself over the past decade, with a burgeoning food scene and thriving nightlife to boot. But the city’s real drawcard remains its otherworldly surroundings, from the stark Atacama Desert to the ethereal Lake District. Writer and photographer Nori Jemil journeys to Chile to capture the city’s beautiful surrounds. Having lived in Chile for several... Read more »

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  • 15 things everyone learns backpacking South America

    15 things everyone learns backpacking South America

    March 2nd, 2016Steph Dyson
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    South America has become a favoured destination for the intrepid backpacker, and while it’s impressive in the astounding diversity of its nations, there are a number of universal lessons that every traveller will learn at some point during their time here. So whether you fell foul of altitude or accepted that you – inevitably – suck... Read more »

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  • Quiz: can you locate these national parks?

    Quiz: can you locate these national parks?

    July 2nd, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    National parks are some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural places, taking in mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and forests (sometimes all in the same one), but how much do you know about them? Can you tell these national parks apart? Compare flights, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go. 

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  • 20 seriously weird places around the world

    20 seriously weird places around the world

    March 12th, 2015Rachel Mills
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  • Off the map in the Atacama: Chile’s eerie ghost towns

    Off the map in the Atacama: Chile’s eerie ghost towns

    January 14th, 2015Shafik Meghji
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    Thousands of foreign travellers visit the geysers, salt flats, oases and volcanoes of north Chile’s Atacama Desert, but few make it to two of the region’s man-made attractions: the starkly beautiful ghost towns of Humberstone and Santa Laura. Shafik Meghji takes us into these abandoned settlements.  Yellow tsunami “hazard zone” signs, planted like sunflowers on... Read more »

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  • Don’t get lost in translation: how to teach English abroad

    Don’t get lost in translation: how to teach English abroad

    September 4th, 2014Ros Walford
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    During her career break Ros Walford took up teaching English as a foreign language in Chile. Here Ros tells all about the realities and practicalities of teaching English abroad. As the row of blank faces stared at me across the classroom, I trembled slightly and wondered what on earth I had been thinking when I’d... Read more »

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  • The most spectacular deserts around the world

    The most spectacular deserts around the world

    June 16th, 2014Helen Abramson
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  • The world’s best boozy breaks

    The world’s best boozy breaks

    April 22nd, 2014Eleanor Aldridge
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  • Exploring Chile’s Southern Highway

    Exploring Chile’s Southern Highway

    February 27th, 2014Andrew Benson
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    The Carretera Austral – Chile’s Southern Highway – begins nowhere and leads nowhere. Over 1000km in length, it was hewn and blasted through the wettest, greenest and narrowest part of the country. This sliver of Patagonia is a majestic land of snowcapped volcanoes, Ice Age glaciers, emerald fjords, turquoise lakes and jade-coloured rivers, set among lush temperate forest where... Read more »

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  • Braving Torres del Paine national park, Chile

    Braving Torres del Paine national park, Chile

    February 11th, 2014Site Editor
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    You have to keep your head down. Despite the spray-laden wind, it’s tempting to lift it above the rim of the boat and look ahead, so you can see the foam-capped waves racing past as the Zodiac inflatable roars upstream. Soon, in the distance, a towering peak of rock rises up. As you get closer... Read more »

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