Dirt Road Chile Argentina

Driving to Cristo Redentor de los Andes

Julie Argentina, Chile 6 Comments

Cristo Redentor de los Andes (Christ the Redeemer of the Andes in English) is a statue of Jesus Christ that sits high in the Andes Mountains, straddling Chile and Argentina. Most people make the journey here for a view of the statue and for the awesome views of this part of the Andes. Cristo Redentor de los Andes The Cristo Redentor …

Driving Santiago to Mendoza Andes Mountains

Driving from Santiago to Mendoza. Should You Do It?

Julie Argentina, Chile 66 Comments

Driving from Santiago to Mendoza, Argentina…should you really do it? For those who like to get out on their own, this may sound like a great idea. And it is. The scenery is breathtaking, the drive can be an adventure, and there is a new view around every curve. Plus, how many people really can say they crossed the Andes …

View of Maipo Valley

How to Visit Santiago Wine Regions Without Taking a Tour

Julie Chile 3 Comments

For wine lovers, Santiago is one of the best destinations in South America. With a short drive you can reach some of Chile’s premiere wine regions, such as Maipo Valley, Colchagua Valley, Casablanca Valley, and Aconcagua Valley.  Most people visit the wineries on a tour. But what if you prefer to get out and explore on your own? Touring the Santiago wine …

Earth Trekkers Aconcagua

12 Days in South America: Santiago, Chile and Mendoza, Argentina

Julie Argentina, Chile 9 Comments

Our twelve day tour through Chile and Argentina was quite the adventure. There were moments we loved and moments we hated. This trip, for some reason, seemed so difficult. Never have we had so many things go wrong in such a short period of time. We lived some of those travel horror stories that you hear about from other people …

Street Valparaiso Chile

Photographing Valparaiso, Chile

Julie Chile 1 Comment

Valparaiso, the second largest city in Chile, is a colorful coastal city. It is one of the South Pacific’s most important seaports and was once called “The Jewel of the Pacific.” For tourists, Valparaiso’s big draw is its colorful buildings, its maze of chaotic, hillside streets, and its graffiti. Numerous funiculars, or “ascensors” as they are called here, carry passengers up and …