Chile is the longest country in the world with over 3,100 miles of South Pacific Ocean coastline. It’s climate will range from the world’s driest desert named the Atacama, to a rainy temperate climate in the south of Patagonia. Spanish is the official language of the country, and Chileans use a distinct dialect called Castellano de Chile.
This place is bone dry and my throat was so parched, but luckily there was hot lemon honey water to be had during the trip. It will keep your body hydrated, and can suggest drinking as much water possible.
There are man-made sink holes called Dos Ojos, and it’s filled with sweet water according to the guide.
Leguna Cejar – Salt concentration of about 28% which allows your body to float. I took handfuls of salt from the ground and exfoliated my body in the desert. This was better than washing receiving a free consultation hand wash at Sabon in Soho, NYC.
El Tatio – Geysers located in the Andes mountains at aroun 14,200 ft. The air was 32 degrees during sunrise and a thermal geyser swim couldn’t look better. With over 80 active geysers, EL Tatio is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world. The water is rich in minerals, and softens the skin as you gaze into the morning sky filled with colors of yellow, red, orange, and blue.
The gateway to the Atacama desert. This city was celebrating their Carnival with live marching bands, dancers, and a colorful array of costumes.
Restaurante “Grande Chong Hua”
This is a must stop by Chinese restaurant serving the freshest seafood, and ingredients from the local farmer’s market in Calama.
Farmer’s Market – This market in Calama was awesome with tons of fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood. The fresh seafood is driven from the Pacific coast of Chile to Calama. You can buy a container of fresh Uni (Sea Urchin) for $3.50 USD, and it’s so delicious. We made ceviche with our Uni. Some of my favorite fruits are Passion fruit, Figs, Strawberries, and Plums.
A beautiful city located 69 miles northwest of Santiago. This city is filled with art, history, incredible seafood, and is one of the South Pacific’s most important seaports. It’s definitely worth a stop!
This city has a beatuiful National Park called ” Morro Moreno” about 35 minutes north of the city. You can hike to the summit of the mountain on a clear day, and enjoy the coastal views. La Portada is a natural arch off the coast which contains many fossils dating back millions of years ago.
Limache – Cuatro Esquinas
AMazing Chilena Salmon, and delicious Spare Ribs made two ways. All the food is great here, but I am a fan on the RIBS and had a major case of the “ITIS”