While Torres del Paine and Patagonia at Chile’s southern tip get heaps of inspiring coverage (including by us, here), the stark Atacama desert at the northern end of the elongated country is no less impressive. It’s been a while since we ventured up to the Atacama for a long weekend when we lived in Santiago, […]
I realize now that trekking the ‘W’ in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park was something I should have been better prepared for. So when I heard recently that World Expeditions was looking for #BestMountainTrek stories and personal experiences in Patagonia, these memories of our haphazard planning and some of the surprises we encountered came […]
The Bellavista neighborhood of Santiago is covered with spontaneous murals such as this one of its most famous son, Nobel winning poet Pablo Neruda.
The Atacama Desert of Northern Chile is the driest place on earth. There are some places in the Atacama where it has not rained in over 400 years. These are the tops of mud dwellings and storage huts that were last in use about 2500 years ago when the river that used to run by […]
Pablo Neruda wasn’t satisfied with normal bars on the windows of his home in Santiago. So he replaced them with fanciful grates like this one, and others of various mythical characters, and representations of his lover. This is the last of my photos of Neruda’s homes for a while, but, in the news today is […]
Two junior high-aged girls making out on the bench outside Pablo Neruda’s house in Santiago de Chile.
Pablo Neruda had three homes in Chile. This is the view from his writing desk at the home he called Isla Negra–the Black Island. It’s not on an island, but instead on the coast south of Valparaiso. Like all of Neruda’s home, this one is full of whimsical and inspirational objects. Isla Negra has a […]
The Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, was famous for his parties, which we were told, often started in this bar at his Santiago home. The home itself was called La Chascona, after his nickname for his lover Matilde Urrutia. Chascona means “tangled one,” a name he gave her because of her curly red hair.
I’ve always loved the poems of the Chilean Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda, but it was only after visiting two of his three homes in Chile that I gained a sense of what a wonderful man he was. To say his decoration was idiosyncratic is a bit of an understatement.
Roadside shrines are common in South America and often attract additional adornments and petitions.