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Pucón

Volcan Villarrica can be seen from the eastern shores of Laguna Villarrica in Pucón Highlights An area filled with lakes and rivers, several waterfalls and plenty of water based activities. The volcanic region has several thermal bathing areas.  Two active and one dormant volcanoes also offer hiking opportunities.  Plus Parque Nacional Villarica and Parque Nacional …

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Queulat National Park

The hanging glacier at Parque Nacional Queulat Highlight Moderate 6.6 kilometer (4 miles) out and back hike to a viewpoint of a hanging blue-ish white glacier with cascading waterfall.  The hike is located in Parque Nacional Queulat. Time of Visit:  February 2024 Duration of Visit:  Day trip from Puyuhuapi Description The Ventisquero Colgante or hanging …

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Marble Caves

The Powerade blue color of Lago General Carrera contrasts nicely with the eroded marble limestone Highlights Three hour boat tour on Powerade blue Lago General Carrera to see eroded marble limestones.  Lago General Carrera is the second largest lake in South America. Time of Visit:  February 2024 Duration of Visit:  Three nights Description The Marble …

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Glaciar Exploradores

Glaciar Exploradores from the Alto viewing platform HIghlights Five kilometer out and back hike to fantastic views of the Glaciar Exploradores within the Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael.  The national park is about 53 kilometers or an hour and half drive from the community of Puerto Rio Tranquilo. Time of Visit:  February 2024 Length of …

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Chile Must Visit

HIGHLIGHTS Time of Visit:  December 2023 to March 2024 (Split between Argentina, Antarctica and Chile) Description Chile is a huge and long country.  With its size, comes various landscapes and climates.  Best of all, most of the country seems to be under the tourist radar.  Except for Easter Island and Torres del Paine, we did …

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San Pedro De Atacama

Salar de Agua Calientes and Piedras Rojas (red rocks) Highlights Time of Visit: February to March 2024 Duration of Visit:  Five days Description The Atacama Desert is considered the driest deserts in the world.  But do not ignore this destination just because it is dry.  We were pleasantly surprised to see beautiful places and do …

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Easter Island

Moais at the Rano Raraku quarry site Highlights Time of Visit:  February 2023 (during the Tapati festival) Duration of Visit:  Six nights Description There are only a few iconic places on earth that are readily recognizable by a majority of people.  Easter Island or Rapa Nui in the local language is one of them.  This …

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Torres del Paine

Lago Pehoé with the Paine mountains in the background Highlights Did the Lago Grey Glacier Cruise, day hike to Mirador Base Las Torres, hiked to Mirador Cuernos and saw the Salto Grande and Cascada Paine waterfalls. Some helpful tips in planning your visit such as border crossing (if coming from Argentina), logistics, when to go …

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Sintra

Pena Palace Highlights Visited the Pena Palace, Regaleira Palace and Moorish Castle in Sintra. Time of Visit:  May and November 2023 Duration of Visit:  One and half day total (day trip from Lisbon) Description Sintra is a city that has earned the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It has a mixture of …

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