The Best Museums to Visit in Santiago

Looking for a museum to visit in Santiago? It’s not hard to find one! Really, Santiago has tons of fantastic museums that are spread throughout the city. There’s everything — from art to science to history to politics. These are a few of the best museums to visit…

 

Museo de la Memoria y Los Derechos Humanos

This is the perfect museum to visit if you are new to Chile. It’s all about human rights and gives a great overview of Chile’s controversial politics and history. Chile has gone through a lot of big changes in just the last thirty years, transforming from a strict dictatorship to a strong democracy. To understand the country, you need to understand its past and this museum is a great spot to learn! The museum is made up of several floors and located near metro Quinta Normal. Nearby there is a big park and Barrio Yungay, Santiago’s artsy and historical neighborhood. 

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Nestled in the heart of downtown Santiago is the Bellas Artes Museum, which holds several rooms of beautiful artwork. It holds a wide array of sculptures and paintings that anyone can enjoy! The museum is free to enter, with a goal of educating the public through various exhibitions, lectures and seminars.

It’s simple to find this museum! Just get off at Metro Bellas Artes, turn the corner and you’ll see it. The museum closes on Monday but is opened the rest of the week from 10 AM to 6:45 PM.

Museo Interactivo Mirador (MIM)

The MIM is a great place for children. It is also equally as entertaining for adults that are looking for a fun way to spend the afternoon. This museum is filled with tons of interactive games and activities that are both fun and educational. Visitors can learn about earth science, nutrition, robotics and more!

The museum is located in the southern half of the city and can be accessed via metro or taxi.

Casa Museo La Chascona

Learn about one of Chile’s favorite poets Pablo Neruda, through a self-guided tour of his house in Santiago. Pablo actually has three homes you can visit in Chile. One is located in Chile’s colorful port city Valparíaso and the other in Isla Negra, which is a beach town a few hours south of Santiago. In his Santiago house, visitors receive a personal recorder that can be used while walking through the rooms. It’s a great way to learn about this famous poet and why he is important to Chile.

It’s located in Santiago’s young and vibrant neighborhood Bellavista. After visiting the museum, visitors should explore the neighborhood, grab lunch and admire the colorful street art plastered on the buildings and walls.

Central Cultural La Moneda

In the center of town is the Cultural Center La Moneda. It’s a great place to visit and they regularly update the exhibitions and bring new work to Chile. In the past they have shown exhibitions from Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Sandro Botticelli and more! In addition, there are sometimes workshops that visitors can participate in. For the Andy Warhol show, the center hosted short workshops to demonstrate pop art techniques and allow visitors the chance to make some colorful artwork.

Catch the metro and come to downtown Santiago. The Cultural Center is beside the capital and next to metro La Moneda.

Want more insider tips for your trip to Santiago? Check out our blog post for “Best Places to Eat in Santiago.”

 

A – Z Guide to the Chilean Language

Wait, they speak Spanish in Chile… right? Well, they do, but Chileans speak a very specific dialect of Spanish. It’s fast-paced, full of slang and they cut the “s” off the end of each word.

I moved to Chile with minimal Spanish and knew absolutely nothing about the Chilean dialect. It’s fair to say, I was a little lost when I arrived. But fast-forward three years and I am proud to say that I finally understand (most of the time)! I now feel pretty well versed in both Spanish and my Chilenismos (Chilean Slang) and decided to put together this A-Z guide to help you! Here are some of the most important words in the Chilean dictionary:

WARNING: Don’t use these words in any other Spanish speaking country…nobody will understand you.

A-E

Al Tiro – Another way to say “right now”

Bacán – Cool, awesome, amazing!

Cabro– A goat…and also another way to say boy

Cachai? – An informal way to say “do you understand?” Equivalent to “got it?” or “ya know?”

Caleta – A lot of something!

Carrete – Another way to say “fiesta” or party

Chancho – Pig

Chela – A cold one. Beer!

Copete – Mixed drink or cocktail

 

G-K

Gallo – It actually means “rooster” in Spanish, but in Chile, it can also mean a young man

Filete – Not steak. It actually means something that is awesome

Filo -Whatever…

Fonda – A traditional Chilean party, commonly seen during Fiestas Patrias, Chile’s independence celebration

Guagua – The Chilean way to say baby

Guata – Belly or tummy

Harto – The same as “caleta,” meaning a lot of something!

 

L-P

Lata – In Spanish it means a can, but in Chile it also means something lame or boring

Luca – Refers to 1,000 Chilean pesos

Micro – The local buses

Paco – Police

Palta – Avocado. You can also say “palta” in Argentina

Piola – Average…not great, not horrible…just piola

Po – This isn’t really a word with any well-defined meaning, but Chileans use it at the end of a phrase or sentence for emphasis. Vamos ahora po!

Pololo/ Polola – Boyfriend/girlfriend

Polera – T-shirt

Polerón – Sweatshirt

 

Q-U

Qué Choro! – How cool!

Qué Crack! – Also…How cool (but specifically when referring to a person)!

Qué Fome! – How boring!

Queque – Sweet bread

Regalón/Regalona – Someone who likes to receive attention or love. It’s like someone who is spoiled…but in a positive way. The word doesn’t really exist in English.

Seca – Someone who is really good at something. Ella es seca en fútbol = She is amazing at football.

Taco – Not just a Mexican snack…it also means high heeled shoes or a traffic jam

Talla – Joke

Tela – Friendly, good vibe

Tuto – To be tired or sleepy

 

V-Z

(Hacer una) Vaca – Una vaca means “a cow” and hacer means “to make.” To make a cow? Didn’t make sense to me either. But in Chile this refers to collecting money for something that everyone will enjoy together. For example, we all want to buy a pizza — hacemos una vaca (we will all chip in).

Weón – Probably the most common word in the Chilean dictionary. The meaning changes based on the way it is said. It can mean friend, dude or jerk — depending on the situation.

Wuena – This isn’t really an official Chilean slang word, but it is how everyone seems to pronounce the word “buena” (good). There is a strong “w” sound in place of the “b”

Ya’po – A common way Chileans agree to something. Their way to say yes or sí.

 

The list could really go on and on, but these are a few of the basics. So now that you are all thoroughly confused, I can happily reassure you that there are also a lot of English speakers in Chile. Travel guides and many locals speak English and are always happy to help. Although it is always fun and respectful to embrace the local culture and try to learn a bit of the language. Nos vemos en Chile!

5 Incredible Ski Slopes in Chile

Winter is on its way! In just a matter of time, the weather will cool down and the snow will start to sprinkle on top of Chile’s beautiful hills and mountain tops.

Chile is surrounded by the Andes Mountains range, and there are also many volcanoes and hills throughout the country. For skiers and snowboarders, it is paradise! Let’s take a look at some of the best slopes to hit for ski season:

 

1.Valle Nevado

Situated smack in the middle of the Andes Mountain range, Valle Nevado remains one of the most popular ski centers in Chile. It’s only an hour or so from the center of Santiago, which makes it a great day trip or weekend escape for those in the city.

The center has several cozy lodging options available, ranging from exclusive, higher-end to budget-friendly accommodation. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the heated pool, spa, Kids Zone, cinema and more. Valle Nevado also holds events regularly to help give their guests a fun and memorable experience. Such include: culinary and wine experiences, parades, live music and more! It will definitely be one ski trip to remember!

2. Portillo

Portillo has been around for quite a while! It’s actually the oldest ski center in all of South America and has been running for more than 60 years. The center is deep within the Andes Mountains, and just 5 km away from the Argentine border.

It has activities and programs for all types of people, with different levels, ages and abilities. It is also a place where summer ski training sessions are held for world-class athletes, such as the US, Canadian and Norweigan National Ski Teams.

3. Volcán Osorno

Ever wanted to ski down a volcano? Now is your chance! Down in the beautiful Lake Region near Puerto Varas, is a giant volcano called Volcán Osorno. There are skiing, snowboarding and tubing opportunities available year round!

The Lake Region is a great place to come as well. Besides Volcán Osorno, there are tons of nearby places to hike, eat, kayak and explore. It is a great place to stay and has plenty of fun activities to keep you busy for days.

4. Corralco

A great place to check out is Corralco in the Malalcahuello National Reserve. It is several hours South of Santiago but is an exciting spot to spend a few days skiing. Similar to Volcán Osorno, this is also a chance to do a little volcano skiing on Volcán Lonquimay.

Close to the slopes is some breathtaking natural views and adventures. Travelers can check out the great, immense forests filled with Araucaria trees or travel to Pehuenco Lagoon.

5. Nevados de Chillán

Chile’s small city Chillán is located roughly four to five hours South of Santiago. The mountain resort is to the Southeast of the city and called Nevados de Chillán. The resort is open throughout the year, with a waterpark and bike paths for the summer and skiing and spa opportunities in the winter.

Nevados de Chillán is a great place for the whole family. There are ski and snowboarding classes for all types of students and available in more than eight different languages. Additionally, there are snow tubing and sledding opportunities.

The Legend of Casillero Del Diablo

Have you heard the legend of Casillero del Diablo?

It’s a story that takes place in a dark wine cellar in the Chilean countryside. A story that goes back to a long, long time ago. A few weeks back, I learned about Casillero del Diablo and was enticed by its mystery. Curious to find out more, I traveled out to the countryside and went to the very spot where this old tale takes place…

The famous Casillero del Diablo wine cellar is located just an hour outside of Santiago, in a small, quiet town called Pirque. In Pirque, the air is fresher and the grass is greener. It’s a quaint, beautiful and relaxing spot to come and spend an afternoon, especially for those who need a break from Santiago’s busy city life.

In the town lies the Concha y Toro vineyard. It’s a big area, full of colorful grape fields, gardens, wine cellars and the 19th-century summer residence for the Concha y Toro family. For visitors looking to explore the space, try setting up a tour beforehand. It’s a good way to learn about the vineyard, taste a few glasses of wine and hear the legend of Casillero del Diablo.

First travelers can first explore the beautiful area. They can walk through the fields and try real wine grapes straight from the vines. There are many different kinds of grapes — some sweet and some sour. It is a good way to understand how the specific type of grape can influence the flavor of the wine. Along the way, visitors taste various wines, accompanied by complimentary glasses to take home.

But towards the end of the excursion, travelers are led into a dark, old wine cellar. It’s here where they learn the story of Casillero del Diablo. Within seconds, the cold room grows dark and a deep voice begins the tale…

It all began years ago in Bordeaux, France. A ship set sail from Europe to South America, bringing along seeds of sacred vines. The ship landed in here Chile and the small seeds were planted, growing vines of fresh, juicy grapes. The grapes were turned into delicious wine that was produced in a small cellar on the Concha y Toro property.

The cellar was always locked, yet somehow the wine frequently went missing. Don Melchor de Concha y Toro, Chilean businessman and vineyard owner, grew tired of his favorite wines disappearing. Legend says he spread a rumor. A rumor that the devil himself was living deep within the Concha y Toro cellar. People from all over town heard the story. Many claimed it was true and said that they too, had witnessed the devil in the Concha y Toro cellar.

Today, the legend lives on. Nobody knows if the story was true or if it was just a silly fib used to scare off robbers. It´s one tale that will forever remain a mystery…

For years, the legend of Casillero del Diablo has been told to visitors who come to the Concha y Toro winery. Concha y Toro is home to one of Chile’s most popular and delicious wines, which to no surprise is named “Casillero del Diablo.” This vineyard remains one of the most intriguing spots in Chile to enjoy a glass of wine and is visited daily by people from all over the world. Don’t believe me? Come and see for yourself! 

The Best Wineries to Visit in Chile

There are so many reasons travelers come to Chile: unique wildlife, stunning nature, wild adventure sports and most importantly — delicious wine. That’s right, Chile is one of the top wine producers in the world, exporting roughly 2 billion dollars of wine in 2017. Its prestigious reputation in the wine industry draws in people from around the world.

With autumn right around the corner, it’s an exciting time for wine-lovers.  The autumn months mark the harvest season in Chile. That means there are wine celebration and many delicious tasting opportunities, along with bright fall colors and a picturesque landscape. There are tons of great wineries you can visit in Chile. Let’s take a look at some of the best:

 

1. Concha y Toro Vineyard

Travel an hour or so outside of Santiago and you will come across the Concha y Toro property. It’s a big area with beautiful scenery, fields of grapes, a production area, a small restaurant and a wine store.

At Concha y Toro, visitors can actually try the grapes from the vines to get a better sense of the different types of grapes used. Additionally, Concha y Toro will take you down to the famous wine cellar called Casillero del Diablo, which is also the name of the company’s popular wine. This cellar also has an eerie legend, which you can learn all about on your visit!

2. VIK Vineyard

VIK Vineyards in nestled within the Millahue Valley, an area known by the indigenous people as “Place of Gold.” This vineyard prides itself on the unique and stylish infrastructure, tasting opportunities and a world-class restaurant.

If you take a tour with Cascada Expediciones, you will get a unique experience at VIK Vineyards. We take our travelers on a horseback riding trip through the fields and taste wines paired with food prepared by Rodrigo Acuña Bravo, a well-known Chilean chef who incorporates unique flavors and local ingredients in his meals.

3. Emiliana Vineyard

If you are in the Casablanca Valley, make sure you stop by Emiliana Vineyard. This winery is listed as a top pick by Lonely Planet! It’s an organic vineyard and the company is highly recognized for their biodynamic and sustainable practices for producing delicious wine.

The wine has been awarded on numerous occasions for its high quality and exquisite flavor. It’s a great spot to check out if you are traveling through the Casablanca Valley.

4. Santa Cruz Vineyard

The Santa Cruz Vineyard is stunning, especially if you are visiting during the autumn months. Take a cable car up to the top of the hill and you will get a beautiful view of the valley. Additionally, you can check out their cultural displays, which portray the original indigenous villages from Chile.

This vineyard offers a lot of fantastic tasting and tour opportunities for visitors. They even have a night option, where you can drink wine under the stars!

5. Neyén Vineyard

Make sure you check out the Neyén Vineyard, situated within the Colchagua Valley. It’s a beautiful area and a nice place to take a leisurely walk with a glass of wine.

Take a tour with Cascada Expediciones and we will bring you on a lovely morning hike through the Neyén vineyards, introducing you to the region’s flora and fauna. Afterward, you can try some flavorful wine, accompanied by a tasty, country lunch!

To learn more about Chile’s incredible wines, sign up for a tour with Cascada Expediciones, Chile’s award-winning travel company!

8 Inspiring Travel Photos

We are driven by what we can see. From golden beaches to snow-capped mountains to city skyscrapers to rich culture, images make us feel something. They transport us to new places and introduce us to new people. They give us ideas, dreams and aspirations. As a seasoned traveler and adventure enthusiast, there’s is nothing that sparks my wanderlust more than looking through travel photos. Here at Cascada, we have a ton of incredible photos which once inspired me (and hopefully inspire you) to come to beautiful Chile:

 

Atacama’s Mystical Moon Valley

Let’s start at the top of Chile. In the midst of the Atacama, the driest desert in the world, there is a place called the Moon Valley. The valley gets its name due to its striking similarities with the moon’s terrain. It’s true, you really feel like you’ve entered another world when wandering through this incredible landscape.

 

Los Dientes at the End of the World

Take in that immensity: jagged peaks, misty waters and that indescribable sensation you get when you realize just how small you really are. This landscape, “Los Dientes” is quite literally taken at the end of the world. It is at the most Southern tip in Chile and just about as close as you can possibly get to Antarctica.

 

Easter Island’s Spirit

There is something special about Easter Island. There really is nowhere else quite like it. This Chilean island has a unique culture and spirit that is different from the rest of the country. Easter Island will introduce you to a new kind of Chile, and provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip.

 

Icy Glaciers in Patagonia

Patagonia is home to some breathtaking glaciers. Getting up close to a glacier is an unreal experience and an opportunity to connect with a new type of landscape. This photo was taken at Grey Glacier, which is in the beautiful and well known, Torres del Paine National Park.

 

Artistic Expression in Valparaiso

There is a certain kind of vibe in Valparaíso. It’s Chile’s favorite port city, located just an hour and a half from Santiago. Valparaíso is grimy and raw. Rainbow murals fill the streets and you feel pure energy and passion from the city’s artists and musicians. Wander through the hills in Valparaíso and discover all the hidden gems it has to offer.

 

Colorful Vineyards to Explore

Chile produces some of the finest wine in the world. That wine is created in the many vineyards around Chile’s central region. The vineyards are particularly nice to visit in autumn. All the colors pop and the cool weather is perfect for a bike ride and glass of red wine.

 

An Unforgettable Starry Night

Look at those twinkly specks of light! Chile is one of the best places on Earth to view the night sky. In the Atacama Desert, the high altitude, dry environment and low pollution create optimal stargazing opportunities for travelers. It’s an incredible opportunity to see the sky in a new way.

 

A City Surrounded by Mountains

No matter where you are in Santiago, you are surely able to spot the many hills and mountains that surround the city. The view is perfect on a clear, sunny day where you can spot snowy mountains alongside the city skyline.

 

 

 

Top 5 Water Activities in Chile

Chile is surrounded by so many different bodies of water. This ranges from colorful lagoons to fierce rivers to more than 4,000 km of beautiful, Pacific coastline. It’s a dream destination for a natural born water baby! There are so many fun, adventurous water activities you can participate in. Let’s take a look at some of the best.

1. Kayak Beside the Glaciers

That’s right, you can get up close and personal with some of Chile’s most beautiful glaciers. Sign up for a kayaking trip in Torres del Paine National Park. This trip will give you the chance to kayak down Grey Lake, which leads towards the iconic and massive Grey Glacier. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Kayaking alongside the glaciers is incredible, but luckily not the only kayaking experience you can have in Chile. There are many other great areas with different landscapes to kayak. For real adventurers and experienced kayakers, check out the white waters in Siete Tazas, Cajón de Maipo and the Futaleufú River.

 

2. Surf Along the Pacific Coast

Chile is a prime spot for surfers. There are several beaches with good waves and there is easy access to classes and rental shops. One of the most famous surf beaches is called “Punta de Lobos,” which is in the Pichilemu area. This beach has previously hosted the Quiksilver Ceremonial Big Wave Competition, bringing in professional surfers from around the globe.

Pichilemu is also home to professional big waves surfer and Cascada Expediciones’ ambassador Ramón Navarro. Not only is he a legend in the surf community, but Navarro also cares for the environment and shares Cascada’s passion for outdoor adventure.

Besides Pichilemu, surfers can also check out beaches in Iquique, Arica, Navidad and Easter Island. They provide plenty of spots to catch some good waves.

3. Sail to Chile’s Best Viewpoints

To little surprise, there are many great boating opportunities in Chile. It’s a common spot for cruises, as well as short rides for the day. It’s a great way to take in the landscape and see nature that is unique to Chile.

Amongst the many boat rides, one that really stands out is in Chile’s Lake District. Travel down to Lago Todo Los Santos and pay for a short boat trip around the lake. The view of a gigantic, snow-capped volcano, surrounded by green forest is breathtaking, especially if it is a clear, sunny day.

Other incredible boat rides go to Patagonia’s glaciers, caves and icefields. It’s unreal to be surrounded by so much sparkling, white ice and snow.

4. Scuba Dive Down Deep

Connect with Chile’s mystical wildlife in a new way – by traveling deep underwater. Scuba diving is an unworldly experience, giving you an entirely new perspective of a place so different from what we are used to. You can swim amongst the fish, seals, turtles, eels and more in various dive spots throughout Chile.

The creatures you’ll see vary depending on the dive spot. Northern Chile and Easter Island have a warmer climate, where dive spots in the central region or further south are much colder. A really unique place to dive is far from the mainland at Juan Fernández Archipelago, a place known for its rare and diverse plants and animals. 

5. Raft Down the River

An amazing adventure to have with your family or group of friends is a whitewater rafting trip. There are many places you can find whitewater in Chile. Some popular spots include the Trancura River in Pucón, the Fuy River in Huilo Huilo and the Maipo River in Cajón de Maipo.

These trips are very safe, led by professional instructors and a kayaking guide who paddles close by. Some trips even have professional photographers who take pictures as you go!

Click here to learn more about water sports and adventures! This is an opportunity that you don’t want to miss.

 

Preserving Easter Island’s Culture

It’s a very special time for one small, remote place in the Pacific. That place is called Easter Island and it’s home to a unique Polynesian culture with a collection of more than 800 Moai statues. During this time of year, island culture comes alive and locals show off what makes Easter Island distinctly theirs. The celebration is called Tapati Rapa Nui and it takes place every year in February.

Tapati Rapa Nui dates back to the 1970s, originally beginning to help preserve and celebrate the island’s sacred culture. It’s important for the younger generation to feel a connection to their roots. During the festival, islanders participate in various competitions and games. Activities include canoeing, swimming, dancing, singing and Haka Pei. Haka Pei is a traditional competition where islanders slide down a steep hill on banana trunks. It sounds fun, but can also be a bit dangerous! Therefore only individuals who are experienced in this activity should participate.

Locals participating in the festival divide into two teams. Each team is led by a female from the island. By the end of the week, islanders add all the points gained and announce a winner. A selected female from the winning team is crowned “Queen of the Tapati” on the final night. This moment is one of the biggest highlights of the festival.

The competition games are limited strictly to the local islanders. However, travelers are welcomed to watch and enjoy the festival. Besides the sports competitions, visitors can enjoy Easter Island food and admire the traditional handicrafts, clothing and body paint. One popular meal to try is called “Umu Tahu,” consisting of meat and fish. This dish is cooked in a traditional way, placing the food in a hole in the ground with hot stones and firewood. It’s a unique dish that you need to try!

With this festival, we can start to learn and connect more with Chile´s mysterious island in the Pacific. It is so important that small communities, like Easter Island, don’t lose their identities. As time goes on, we are at risk of losing more cultures, languages and traditions. According to The New York Times, “Roughly half of the world’s six or seven thousand languages has been in danger of going extinct.” But continuing festivals and celebrations, such as Tapati Rapa Nui, small communities are able to hold on to their traditions and share their culture with future generations.

 

Best Places to Eat in Santiago

Are you planning a trip to Santiago? If so, then get your taste buds ready! Santiago, Chile is full of delicious, trendy restaurants that offer a wide variety of international and national dishes. I’ve been living in Santiago for several years now and have had the chance to check out a lot of great places to eat. Here’s a guide to some of the best:

 

Best Hamburger

La Burguesía – If you are a lover of gourmet hamburgers, then you must check La Burguesía. There are many unique burgers to pick from, including a Mexican style, falafel burger and one filled with melted cheddar cheese.

My personal favorite is called the “Grillada,” a burger with blue cheese, bacon bits, caramelized onions and barbeque sauce. The best part? This burger is smack in between two pieces of warm bread that are filled with cheddar cheese — ah-mazing.

El Honesto Mike – If you are looking for a more typical “bar burger,” then El Honesto Mike is the place to go! These burgers are very popular among both tourists and locals, and they go great with a craft beer! This burger joint is always packed with people waiting to get in, but it is definitely worth the visit.

 

 Best Chilean Dish

Galindo – In the colorful neighborhood of Bellavista is a place called Galindo. It offers traditional Chilean dishes to try. I personally love the “pastel de choclo” dish, which is basically a sweet corn pie filled with meat, onion and egg. For your drink, order Chile’s favorite cocktail, a pisco sour.

Best Vegetarian Meal

Verde Sazón – This place takes the win for the best vegetarian meal in Santiago. Each plate is treated as a canvas, and everything the chef touches looks like a work of art. Plus, the appearance isn’t even the best part. The food is crazy good — and really filling!

The restaurant shows that eating vegetarian doesn’t mean eating lettuce or something boring and flavorless. The chef makes thoughtful food that incorporates all types of flavors and textures, including fresh vegetables, grains, spreads and more.

       

Best Pizza

Domani – This is about as close as you can get to a good Italian pizza in Santiago! The food is incredible and tastes just like the pizza in Naples, Italy (take it from someone who’s been to Naples!). There are several different flavors, and all of them are amazing! I like to go in a big group and share multiple pizzas — that way you can try different types.

 

Best Sandwich

Fuente Alemana – Chileans love a good sandwich! Typically, Chilean sandwiches are packed full of ingredients, leaving you full and satisfied. A popular spot to try a hardy sandwich is at Fuente Alemana. It is a more traditional place and a good spot to go if you are really hungry. I recommend getting either a “lomito” or “churrasco” sandwich and load it with toppings! Popular Chilean sandwich toppings are tomato, avocado and mayonnaise.

Best Asian Fusion

Rishtedar – If you like Indian food, then you must check out Rishtedar. This restaurant has a great vibe to it. Waiters come in traditional clothing and there are colorful decorations everywhere, helping you get into the spirit of India.

The food is very delicious, but can be a little bit spicy! Thankfully, you are able to select the level of spice you’d like so you can dull down or heat up the food to your liking.

Vietnam Discovery – I love this restaurant! They make a mean curry dish, as well as different types of traditional Vietnamese meals. I’m also a big fan of the spring rolls, which serve as a great appetizer to split. Vietnam Discovery has a great atmosphere, which really transports you to Asia. It is a must-try restaurant if you are a fan of Asian food.

Best Brunch

Daniel’s Bakery & Cafe – If you are looking for a tasty brunch, then Daniel’s is the place to go. It has a great vibe, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Not to mention, the food is on point. They offer this delicious, sweet bread with some of the meals –which I love! Additionally, you can order mac and cheese, bagels and lox, poached eggs, sweet treats and more.

Cafe de la Candelaria – In Barrio Italia, Santiago´s trendy neighborhood, you can find La Candelaria. They have a great brunch menu that is both delicious and healthy. I typically go for the “brunch for two” menu. You get a great spread with eggs, coffee or tea, fresh juice, yogurt and granola, fruit and a variety of savory and sweet bread. It’s a really nice way to spend a Sunday morning.

 

Best Ice Cream

Emporio La Rosa – This is a popular ice cream store in Chile with multiple locations! There are all sorts of flavors and everything is extremely delicious. Chileans really love to eat “manjar” ice cream, or in other words “dulce de leche.” It tastes a little bit like caramel. This place is a great place to stop for a sweet treat at the end of the day.

With this, you and your stomach should be set for a great visit to Santiago. For more information on food in Santiago, check out Cascada’s unique food tours. It is a great opportunity to visit the local market and learn how to prepare a traditional meal!

EcoCamp’s Inspiring Documentary “Adventure is for All” was Awarded in Cannes

We are so pleased to announce that EcoCamp’s documentary “Adventure is for All” was just awarded in Cannes, France on January 31st. The award is for “Best Video by a Professional of Tourism,” which was given during the third edition of Trophées de la Vidéo Touristique. There were 170 videos submitted from 35 different countries, and we came out on top!

About “Adventure is for All”

The video was produced by EcoCamp’s Guest Engagement Officer, Timothy Dhalleine, who is proud to spread a meaningful message.

“Adventure is for All” tells the story of Alvaro Silberstein, a man who became paralyzed ten years ago due to a car accident. He once believed he would never be able to enjoy outdoor adventures again.

This all changed when he discovered a special hiking wheelchair that would allow him to explore the outdoors like a true adventurer. Alvaro became the first person to hike the “W” trek in Torres Del Paine National Park in a wheelchair.

What really makes this story special is what happened next. Alvaro founded “Wheel the World,” an organization working to increase awareness and travel accessibility for individuals with disabilities. On behalf of Wheel the World, EcoCamp now keeps a hiking wheelchair in its facilities, giving access to anyone who needs it.

This is the second award we have won since the video’s release in August 2018, and we are so happy to receive such wonderful recognition. Let’s continue to spread the message about inclusion in tourism!

Click to see how we are providing more inclusion options!