Forty Eight Hours in Santiago – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , May 24th, 2017

Santiago Chile - Dani

The booming Chilean capital can be hard to figure out for some tourists, but Santiago has so many beautiful attractions – from sprawling markets to vast parks, and picturesque neighborhoods to world-class museums. 48 hours is nowhere near enough time to soak up the true nature of this five million strong South American city, but following this guide will give you a true taste of the city, from its main attractions to its most charming markets and quarters, plus where to find the best views and where to devour typical Chilean dishes and drinks.

Day 1

10am: Plaza De Armas And The Cathedral

Before you start your tour, get yourself a BIP card for public transport (available in all metro stations). You can buy single use tickets for the city’s efficient, clean, art-packed metro system, but buses accept BIP cards only, so it makes the most sense to use it for both. Pay 1,500 Pesos ($2.20) and then load it with as much credit as you need – 5,000 Pesos ($7.36) should be plenty even for an active 48 hours in Santiago.

Exit the metro at the beautiful Plaza De Armas, the city’s central plaza and home to kilometro zero, the central point from which the city has continued to sprawl out in all directions. The plaza is home to historic buildings such as the incredibly ornate Central Post Office, the Palacio de la Real Audiencia and, as in nearly every Latin American city, the main cathedral. Although it might appear a bit bland from the outside, do not skip a trip inside, which is packed with impressive details and treasures you would never guess were there from the building’s façade.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girks

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Gay Valparaiso – Nomadic Boys

Author: , May 22nd, 2017

Gay Valparaiso

Gay Valparaiso is the cultural capital of Chile.

Gay ValparaisoValpo (for short) is one of the country’s most popular draws, famous for its magnificent street art. Pablo Neruda, famous Chilean Nobel winning poet, loved Valpo so much he set up one of his homes here. UNESCO was so impressed, it added Valpo’s Historic Quarter to its World Heritage List in 2003, and The Guardian described Valpo as a “mini Berlin by the seaside“.

There is plenty to discover in this quirky city. To help you plan your visit, we’ve put together our travel guide to gay Valparaiso.

People in Valpo have a very open mind, so most bars are very gay friendly and welcoming. These are the few 100% gay bars in the area:

  • Pagano: attracts a mixed crowd of all ages with fun drag shows on most nights. Watching a Chilean drag show is the best way to get a feel of Chilean slang Spanish in its crudest form. Pagano is open everyday from 11:30pm except Sundays and is located at Avenida Errazuriz 1852.
  • Máscara: a cool gay bar in Valparaiso to start the night. They have promotions like 2 for 1 cocktails on Monday-Thursday until midnight. Mascara is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30pm and is located at Plaza Anibal Pinto 1178.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Recipe: Chilean Porotos Granados – Nomadic Boys

Author: , May 3rd, 2017

Porotos Granados

Porotos granados is a traditional Chilean countryside stew made from cranberry beans, maize kernals and squash. It’s associated with the summer months because this is when the maize and summer squash are harvested in central and southern Chile.

Cranberry beans (also known as Roman beans) are similar to normal beans but slightly larger, popular in Latin America.

Porotos granados originates from the Mapuche indigenous people of Chile, who first cultivated bean. The word granados comes from its main ingredient, the cranberry beans, called cargamanto in the indigenous language. The word poroto comes from the Quechua word for bean: purutu.

This vegetarian recipe is courtesy of the Chilean Cooking School in Valparaiso and is for 6 people.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Recipe for Pastel del Choclo from Chile – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 23rd, 2017

pastel de choclo

Pastel de choclo is one of the most famous Chilean dishes and considered comfort food. It’s a beef and corn pie, with a corn crust, similar to a Shepherd’s Pie.

Choclo is an Andean type of corn with large starchy kernels, but you can use any corn as an alternative.

Pastel de choclo is typically served in a clay bowl either as a main dish, or as a starter in a small individual portions. This recipe is courtesy of the Chilean Cooking School in Valparaiso and serves 6 people.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Chilean Machas a la Parmesana – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 17th, 2017

Chilean Machas a la Parmesana

Machas a la parmesana is a classic starter dish in Chile. It is razor clams baked in their shell, mixed with cheese, wine and more, depending on the recipe.

It was created in the 1950s in Viña del Mar by Italian immigrant, Edoardo Melotti Ferrari.

Parmesan cheese is traditionally used, but it can be replaced with the famous Chilean mantecoso. This recipe is courtesy of the Chilean Cooking School who we did a class with in Valparaiso and highly recommend them.

This recipe is enough for 2 people.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Patagonia Trails – Puerto Varas, Chile

Author: , January 29th, 2017

Patagonia Trails

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Patagonia Trails is a gay friendly, lesbian owned travel agency in Puerto Varas, Chile.

We offer a wide range of services, including:

  • Self drive tours
  • Tailor made tours
  • shore excursions
  • Hiking vacations
  • Biking trips
  • Horseback riding
  • Nature walks
  • High end accommodation
  • Luxurious and private services

If you are planning a trip to Chile, please contact us – we’ll be happy to help you put together an amazing itinerary.

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Santiago, Chile – Crown Jewel of the Andes

Author: , January 27th, 2017

Santiago - pixabay

As a child I would look at maps and think how ridiculous Chile looked. Stretched out and elongated, it defied all the norms about the shapes of countries. I never got round to finding out why it was that shape. Now, it was obvious.

I was on a flight from Sao Paulo in Brazil into Santiago – the capital of Chile – and the pilot had just warned us to fasten our seat belts in anticipation of turbulence as we flew over the Andes. This mountain range stretches from one end of South America to the other. It defines the Chilean boarder with its neighbours Argentina and Bolivia. Chile is basically the gap between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean.

The Andes not only define the boarder of Chile, but rise up and tower over the city of Santiago itself. These mountains help create a climate which, during the UK’s winter months, allows bright, dry, hot sunshine day after day. In January and February, Santiago hardly sees any rain. There are infinite cloudless skies, and temperatures heading into the 86 F and upwards.

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Globetrotter Girls – 10 Places In Chile That Will Take Your Breath Away

Author: , November 22nd, 2015

Dani - Chile

Last week, a woman started talking to me while I was working in a coffee shop (actually, she was complimenting me on my outfit, and that’s how we got started talking), and after a bit of small talk I found out that she was from Chile. ‘Aaah, Chile, I sighed.. Such a beautiful country! I love Chile so much!’ She was delighted to find out that not only had I visited her country, but I had traveled nearly the entire length of it, 2,653 miles (4,270km).

It turned out that she hadn’t seen much of Chile beyond her hometown of Santiago, but when I started raving about how much I loved the Atacama Desert, Chilean Patagonia, the island of Chiloe, the sea lions of Valdivia, the Central Valley vineyards with the imposing Andes Mountains as a backdrop, talked about the geysers and salt flats, volcanoes and beaches… she finally said: ‘You’re right. Instead of flying thousands of miles to America, I should explore more of my own country.’

I wholeheartedly agreed, wondering when I myself would be able to hop on a flight to Santiago again. Talking to my new Chilean friend Marta so extensively about Chile had me relive all my favorite memories of the 3.5 months I spent there. I’ve traveled to many new countries since then, but few have been as diverse, breathtaking and memorable as Chile. I’ve seen return flights from New York to Santiago on LAN Airlines for as little as $650 which made me almost buy a ticket – but then I decided to continue my Latin America explorations in the north instead to visit the countries I haven’t been yet. Who knows though, maybe I’ll make it all the way down to Chile again when I fly to South America in a couple of months.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Breakaway Backpacker – How to Plan The W in Torres del Paine National Park

Author: , May 9th, 2015

The W in Torres del Paine National Park

One of the things you hear often once you arrive in Patagonia on either side Chile or Argentina and are making your way down is…

“Are you going to do The W?”

You are asked over and over again and if you bump into people who are making their way up Patagonia you hear their stories and it just sounds amazing. The thing is though before arriving down there I knew it was something I wanted to do, but didn’t really know what it was. I had read about it in the Lonely Planet guide South America on a Shoestring and it seemed amazing. The one problem I had though is that I had no clue how to do it? Like seriously it seemed so hard to actually plan it. I spent countless hours searching online for a guide to tell me exactly how to plan the damn thing, but nothing. As I searched just found articles on what to bring or general information. I honestly wanted someone to hold my hand and walk me through the entire process of planning it.

I was about to give up on it and not do it, because I just couldn’t figure it out. Lucky for me though no joke as I was walking back from hiking in El Chalten on the streets someone yelled my name, I turned around and it was two of my friends I made while hiking in Puerto Varas. They had just arrived from doing The W and we went to dinner and they literally walked me through everything. I took notes and as soon as I arrived in El Calafate and after seeing Glacier Perito Moreno I spent my time booking everything for the W. Before I knew it I arrived in Puerto Natalas and still had no clue what I was doing.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker | Argentina Gay Travel Resources

Breakaway Backpacker – Hiking The W in Torres del Paine National Park.

Author: , April 27th, 2015

Jaime DavilaI have been avoiding this post since I finished doing “The W” way back in early February because since then I honestly had no clue how I was going to write about it. You know sometimes you experience things and you just don’t know how to share them with others? It’s an experience so profound that it changes you in a way you never thought something could. This was one of those experiences for me.

The funny thing is that I had the tittle of the post, but no clue what I was going to write. From the start I knew I wanted to share what it was really like to hike “The W”, because after a lot of searching online I didn’t find much. After thinking long and hard about it I figured the best thing way to share what it’s really like on the trail was for me to share my journal entries directly as they are. I spent each night in my tent or in the kitchen or somewhere writing my thoughts and feelings of each day in my journal. After reading my journal entries, something I never do after I am done writing them I felt that this is what really captures what it’s really like to hike “The W” and am sharing them here.

This is a piece of me… my thoughts, my feelings… the good, the bad and all in between that come with disconnecting from the online world and doing a 75km+ (47 miles) hike on a trail that makes the shape of a W through the span of 5 day through Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the world.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakway Backpacker | Chile Gay Travel Resources