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The lodge at Parque Valle Chacabuco

Feb 23 After a flight to Balmaceda airport, a rental truck, a night in Coyhaique, then an all day drive over many mountain passes, all dirt roads, about 9 hours…. we are here. The last 9 kilometers off the Carratera … Continue reading

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Santiago arrival

Well, we don’t have 36 hours here in Santiago – only this day and an overnight. We combine essential sleep, a long walk home from the museum through the Lasstarria neighborhood with book stalls and colorful musicians, cafes and lots … Continue reading

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Santiago to Balmaceda and Coyhaique – en route to Valle Chacabuco

Aisen Province, Chile – Region XI Destination – Patagonia National Park in the Chacabuco Valley. We fly from JFK overnight to Santiago, check in to a hotel near Center City for one night. This gives us enough time to catch up on … Continue reading

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Drive from Coyhaique to Chacabuco

The drive started by 8:30 AM. We have to pass Cerro Castillo before 2 when construction will close the road. We will be on pavement until there – about 90 Kms but dirt the rest of the way – 315kms … Continue reading

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Valle Chacabuco near Cochrane, Chile

This huge valley is in a national park because of the generosity and the commitment by Doug and Kris Tomkins. They bought the property – the entire valley – and eventually donated the land back to the country of Chile. … Continue reading

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Hotel Antumalal, Villarrica, Chile

One high point of our travels was in the lake district of central Chile. We visit the stunning Hotel Antumalal, a Bauhaus hotel beautifully maintained over the last 75 years outside of Pucon, Chile. Propped on a hillside, the clean … Continue reading

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