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Cancato: Typical dish from Southern Chile

Cancato: Typical dish from Southern Chile

Although the Carretera Austral is characterized by majestic mountains and secluded forests, the Pacific is not far away, as it is everywhere else in Chile. Of course, this proximity to the sea has impacted the Patagonian cuisine. A typical fish dish in this region is cancato, which in the language of the Mapuche Indians, Mapudungun, means something like ‘fried meat’. Interestingly, in the Quechua language, spoken in the Andes highlands of Bolivia and Peru several thousand kilometres away, the term has the…

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AWA HOTEL in PATAGONIA

AWA HOTEL in PATAGONIA

When traveling to Patagonia lake district in the Chilean side there are good options for accommodation but we would like to share this newer hotel called AWA that has an splendid view of the Osorno Volcano! The snowcapped volcano can be appreciated from any one of the beautiful 16 bedrooms. All lovely decorated bedrooms face the same direction and floor to floor windows, uncluttered space with well-placed beds combined to point towards the volcano peak with colors changing from the…

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

  Happy 4th! As we prepare ourselves for the long Holiday weekend  celebrating  our Independence day in the USA I just wanted to share a little of info about the “independence” day. Since I am a pretty “new” USA citizen ( I became a USA citizen in September 2013) I am glad  and proud to enjoy this celebration with my family and nice general atmosphere. The typical BBQ, amazing fireworks, pool parties or any other Summer get together  are already characteristic…

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Alerce Costero National Park, newest NP in Chile.

Alerce Costero National Park, newest NP in Chile.

In February 2012, after a long process of joined cooperation between Nature Conservancy, the Chilean government and local communities Alerce Costero National Park was born. Nature Conservancy has been acquiring large pieces of land on the coast of Chile just south of city of Valdivia. In 2003 it has purchased 148,000 acres to create a Valdivian Costal Reserve and recently transferred part of that land to Chilean government to create the park. The new park spans 62,000 acres in area…

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Weaving ancient art with modern technology.

Weaving ancient art with modern technology.

We have recently visited Pasadena Museum of California Art to check out an interesting exhibit of hand-woven tapestries incorporating QR codes. The project is a brain child of Chilean born artist Guillermo Bert who resides in Los Angeles, California. Combining ancient art of textile weaving with today’s technology of encoding information via QR codes the artist accomplished an interesting fusion of both worlds. QR codes have some resemblance to ancient South American symbols and blend in seamlessly into traditional designs….

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Chilean Patagonia dam-free, at least a while longer.

Chilean Patagonia dam-free, at least a while longer.

In the recent NRDC newsletter a brief report was published that two companies (Colbun and Endesa Chile) involved in the controversial project of damming Baker and Pascua Rivers in the Aysen region of south Patagonia have backed out. Chilean government have long looked at the possibility of exploring that region for hydroelectric power. Chile, with its growing economy and rising standard of living as well as intensive mining industry is power starved. We have personally witnessed a huge power blackout while visiting…

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Cuernos del Paine, Patagonia’s iconic image.

Cuernos del Paine, Patagonia’s iconic image.

Cecile is taking some great photographs on her journey with the group and sharing them with us. So here is another batch of images from the Torres del Paine National Park. Even though recent fires have done some damage to the area, the mountain landscapes remain spectacular. Cold and windy is the daily weather forecast. “We took a road, inside the Park, but today, we went to the northeast. We visited the new bridge over Rio Paine (which fortunately was…

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The group reaches Torres del Paine National Park.

The group reaches Torres del Paine National Park.

Cecile reporting from Torres del Paine: “After we met all together in Punta Arenas, we drove to Puerto Natales where we slept and the next day, we visited the unique Cueva del Milodon, where a prehistoric mammal lived in a huge cave with humans, but… thousands of years ago. Some kilometers later, we arrived to National Park Torres del Paine. During our first afternoon  we did a little hike to a wonderful lookout named Mirador Grey, always accompanied by our…

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More photos and story from Punta Arenas.

More photos and story from Punta Arenas.

Cecile reporting from the deep south… “While waiting for the Cruise to arrive, I had time to discover this extraordinary town, Punta Arenas, located almost at the end of the continent! The city, located by the Magellan Strait,  started also, like Ushuaia, as a jail, and later after the European immigrants arrived their influence gave the city a cosmopolitan flair. They also brought with them the commercial skills,  and at the end of 1800, Punta Arenas had turned into a very…

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