Category: Destinations

Casa Carlos Anwandter, as seen across the river 0

In & Around Valdivia

Valdivia has some beautiful architecture and the river. Niebla is peaceful and quiet with lovely vistas. We were surprised and stayed longer than planned.

Remains of the now closed coal mine in Lota 21

Coal Magnates of Southern Chile

Coal played an important role to the south of Concepción in Chile. Some families, eg Schwager & Cousiño, made an incredible fortune from coal around Lota.

Two old iron clad houses at the bank of Valdivia's river - one recently renovated with a third storey. 17

Iron Clad Houses

Many buildings, old and new, in Chile are clad in corrugated or pressed iron. Small houses, large government buildings, old mansions with rich embellishments.

Monkey puzzle trees seen from Piedra del Aguila look-out 14

Living Fossils at Nahuelbuta National Park

The Nahuelbuta National Park is worth a visit for amazing sights, including the “living fossil” of the majestic Monkey Puzzle tree, but it can be a bit difficult to access with a large vehicle.

Valparaiso, as seen from a hill: some old buildings are still amazing 21

Valparaiso & Pablo Neruda’s houses

Yasha turned 60, we went on a weekend trip to explore Valparaiso, Pablo Neruda’s houses, the fish market & restaurants at Caleta Portales, plus Isla Negra.

Playa Ritoque 0

Beaches north of Viña del Mar to Ventanas

The small beach towns along the Chilean coast from Viña del Mar north towards Ventanas. Each one is slightly unique and worth a short visit. I’ve included some boondocking and camping options.

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