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From Rio Calle Calle to Lago Pirihueico

Now that a hard-surfaced byway has been opened from Valdivia directly east to Los Lagos, a superb road trip across the spectacular 14th Region of Chile, the Región de los Rios, is a journey worth taking. Valdivia is a special city, partly because the Spanish settlement, founded in 1552, was subsequently

Sideways 3; Chile

Sideways 3; Chile! The advertisement caught my eye and immediately piqued my interest. Was this for real? The idea of Miles and Jack in Chile really excited me. How had I missed this? Sideways, the movie, was fun, especially the intoxicating journey through California Pino Noir

Chanco; Between La Candelaria and Guadalupe del Carmen

Within a period of ten days in early February, the spirits of two magical figures, La Candelaria and Guadalupe del Carmen, turn the small village of Chanco into “Celebration Center”, filling its streets with religious celebrants and aficionados of the Mexican ranchera. These two personalities seem,

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet

Vacation time in Chile

You can feel the air being sucked out of Santiago. January is running out of days, and by the first of February, this teeming capital city will feel empty, and it will be, well, habitable for about a month. Santiago has too many people for

It’s January….Back to Chile

Chileans are obsessed with the issue of “equality”. While the past two decades of sustained economic growth have brought the number of Chileans in extreme poverty and the number of unemployed down to fairly respectable levels, the distribution of the fruits of the country’s development

A great year for Dave’s Chile

Dave’s Chile blog had a big time in 2014; you could even say it was transformative. At the end of 2013, and during the first three months of 2014, Dave’s Chile followed the campaign and election of the new president of Chile, Michele Bachelet. We reported that

Loanco, fishing village on the Maule coast

Loanco; A Story of Give and Take with the Sea

With the first light of day the residents of the small fishing village of Loanco walked from where they had taken refuge a few hours earlier, over the hill to a spot where they could see their small town below.  Their worst fears were realized:

Desolation; Gabriela Mistral

Desolation; Gabriela Mistral…In English

The newly released first bilingual edition of Gabriela Mistral’s foundational collection of poetry and prose, Desolation, is sure to be a landmark in bringing Chile’s Nobel prize-winning poet closer to English speakers throughout the world. This 553 page book presents each piece from the original

Chile's Famous Barros Luco Photo: Joe Rawlinson

Chile’s Barros Luco

Today is National Barros Luco day in Chile.This Chilean version of a steak and cheese sandwich dates from the early 1900s, when President Ramon Barros Luco lunched regularly at the Confiteria Torres on the Alameda not far from the government buildings where he and his cousin, Minister

Pichi Newen

One night several years ago Luz Celia Lienqueo Castillo had a peuma…a type of dream the Mapuche believe is not just a vision but a type of premonition that must come true. Luz’s peuma described in great detail the small piece of land she was

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