S: Exploring Chile by Jon & Eli
BC: Chi Chi Chi... Le Le Le | VIVA CHILE!!!!
FC: Exploring Chile | 2011-2016
1: There's a reason they call this country, "Chile Lindo". It is an extremely beautiful place to live. Chile is very narrow, yet covers over 4,700 km from NorIn to South. That's over 2,650 miles fr9m tip to tip. Chile has a diverse landscape, full of volcanoes, glaciers, mountains. beaches, vineyards, deserts, and many animals. In the past six years, the Timmtingers and their families have been on many long road trips to visit the different ecosystem of Chile. On those vacations they have been as far north as the Atacama Desert, and all the way down south to Punta Arenas, the penguin island, and Torres del Paine. For most of this time, both Eli and Jon worked at The International School of Nido de Aguilas. Although Eli quit Nido in 2016, they spent there time here in the same house in the Vitacura neighborhood of Santiago. Because of Eli's health, both families have visited several times and have traversed many parts of the country.
2: Destination: Algarrobo | Above: Sunset Pisco Sours from Hotel Medio Mundo
3: Algarrobo is the closest beach town to Santiago. Jon and Eli first visited on a three day weekend in the spring of 2011 and enjoyed the scenery and laid-back vibe very much. Algarrobo is an easy drive from many other beach towns like Quintay, El Quisco, Valparaiso, and Isla Negra (Pablo Neruda's home). When Jon's parents came to visit in the summer of 2013 we knew they would love some time at the beach so we made reservations at San Alfonso del Mar, a resort known for having the biggest pool in the world. It was a fun and relaxing time! Kublai and Chingy also enjoy the beach there when they get to run around with their friends Amigo and Luna. | Bird Estuary near San Alfonso del Mar
4: Algarrobo: A Day at the Beach with the Doggies | Below: The Timmtingers enjoy the sand and surf | Chingy sprints after his sister | Chingy buries himself in the sand as Luna and Auntie Britt look on
5: A bi-plane flies low next to San Alfonso resort | The Mongol Warriors tear up the beach
6: Algarrobo: San Alfonso del Mar | World's Largest Swimming Pool | The Krumtingers at Sunset | View from our apartment window | The sun sets over the pool at San Alfonso
7: Algarrobo: El Quisco and Isla Negra | Pier in El Quisco | Front of Pablo Neruda's Home | Jon and Eli at the beach | Pelicans | View from Isla Negra's backyard
8: Algarobbo: Quintay | View of Quintay bay from the whaling station
10: Destination: Bahia Inglesa | Above: Two kayakers paddle in the crystal clear waters Below: Jon and Eli marvel at the view of Playa de la Virgen
11: In the spring of 2013, Jon and Eli flew to Copiapo to spend the four day weekend camping with Meredith, Regan, Shannon, and Daniel. The group enjoyed the beauty of the stark desert combined with deserted stretches of white sand beaches and turquoise waters. We enjoyed the small vacation town of Bahia Inglesa, but soon found the most beautiful beach in Chile: Playa de la Virgen. In addition we played hours of bocce ball, grilled up camp food, and viewed penguins on the exquisite beaches of Pan de Azucar National Park. They enjoyed the trip so much that the following year they went back to Playa la Virgen with a group of Nido friends to celebrate the October holiday in 2014. | Above: The Unique combination of black rock. white sand, and Caribbean waters make Bahia Inglesa a popular Chilean summer destination Left: The Campers (Jon, Eli, Shannon, Daniel, Mer, and Regan) admire the beach at Bahia de las Cisnes
12: Amazing Sand Dunes and Coastal Mountain ranges crash into beautiful blue waves just south of Pan De Azucar Nat. Park | Left: Jon and Eli pose on the beach at Bahia Inglesa
13: Right: The perfect private cove of beach at Playa de la Virgen
14: Pan de Azucar National Park
15: LEFT: Our Campsite Looking out to Caleta de Azucar, home to thousands of Humboldt penguins RIGHT: Eli, Mer, and Shan at sunset BELOW: A penguin dries himself off on the rock BOTTOM LEFT: Sunset falls over the campground at Pan de Azucar BOTTOM RIGHT: Penguinos await us after our rather choppy boat ride
16: Destination: Cajon del Maipo | Above: The Rio Maipo Runs Through the Canyon
17: The Cajon del Maipo is about an hour and a half from Santiago. A popular weekend getaway from the city, the canyon offers hiking, rafting, and camping. Jon and Eli have been to the canyon many times. On the first visit they hiked to the waterfalls in Cascada de las Animas with Eli's parents. They later camped there over the Easter holiday and hiked to El Morro glacier. Eli also attended a girls weekend at Refugio lo Valdes and has since spent many weekends in the area. It's a great place to get away and relax in nature. | Above: Las Cascadas de las Animas
18: Cajon del Maipo: Reserva Nacional El Morado | Above: The ladies at the beginning of the glacier hike
19: On Easter Weekend in 2012, Jon, Eli, and Chingy joined Shannon, Daniel, Regan, Meredith, and the Flanagans for a camping trip in the Cajon del Maipo. They pitched tents at Cascada de las Animas and enjoyed a great hike to the gorgeous El Morado glacier. | El Morado Glacier
20: Cajon del Maipo: Refugio Lo Valdes
21: In May of 2012, the Nido Newbie ladies went on a girls weekend to a refuge in the canyon. We hiked, visited a thermal hot springs and took in the glory of the Andes. Unfortunately many of the girls became very ill and Renea came down with appendicitis! At least we got some beautiful pictures though... | Bottom Left: Eli strikes a pose at the top of the hike Bottom Center: Sunset over the Andes | Above: The view of the canyon on the way to the refugio | Left: Wreckage of a LAN flight from the 60s Top Right: Relaxing in the hot springs of Banos Colina Bottom Right: Meredith, Renea, Beth, Eli, and Shannon enjoy the hike
22: Destination: Casablanca | The Valley in Bloom en route to Estancia el Cuadro
23: Casablanca is a wine region to the west of Santiago, on the way to Valpo. The area is known for its white wine due to the cool coastal breezes that blow through the area. It is one of our favorite excursions from the city as we love the amazing wine, beautiful scenery, and delicious food. We enjoy taking visitors to Casablanca for an authentic Chilean wine experience. Our favorite vineyards include Veramonte, Emiliana, Casas del Bosque, Indomita, and Vina Matetic. | Jon teaches David the art of tasting
24: WINE | TOP LEFT: Llamas at Emiliana TOP CENTER: Grapes on the Vine TOP RIGHT: Sandi and Jim tasting at Veramonte CENTER LEFT: An entree at Vina Indomita CENTER RIGHT: La Casona guesthouse at Vina Matetic BOTTOM LEFT: Viña Indomita
25: TOP LEFT and BOTTOM RIGHT: Casas del Bosque TOP RIGHT: Vina Mar RIGHT AND BOTTOM LEFT: William Cole Winery
26: This Page: Views of the Casablanca Valley, Next Page: Estancia El Cuadro, Veramonte, & Emiliana
27: The Timms Family Enjoys Their Tasting at Emiliana
28: Destination: Chillan
29: On a long weekend holiday in August of 2014, Jon and Eli drove to Chillan with Bonnie, Carrie, Jessica, Beth, Olaf and Cathleen. Our cabin in the snow was a gorgeous place to relax and unwind while Jon and the ladies went skiing at the nearby resort.
30: Destination: Chiloe | Palafito homes in Castro | A duck flaps past on the ferry crossing | Palafitos in Castro at dawn
31: Chiloe is an island off the coast of Chile with unique culture, fantastic scenery, and amazing wildlife. Its collection of historic wooden churches helped it become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Jon and Eli first visited Chiloe in the summer of 2013, as a day trip from Puerto Varas. We took the ferry from Puerto Montt and took a boat ride out to the penguin islands on the West Coast. The second time we visited Chiloe was over Easter Break in 2014 with Carrie and Amy. Our little family spent the first night in a cabin on Isla Lemuy. The second day we took a boat ride to Islas Quehui and Chelin where we sampled curanto, the islands traditional seafood stew. We ended the trip by staying in a palafito hotel, one of the traditional wooden stilt houses of Castro. The weather was great and we took a hike to the beaches of the Parque Nacional, all the while enjoying the beautiful scenery and hoping to avoid the seductive breath of the Chilote trauco. | Ferry Crossing with Andes view | Curanto Stew | Church in Chonchi | Church in Castro
32: One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. -William Shakespeare | A sea otter eating some shellfish
33: Chiloe: Islos de los Penguinos | A Humboldt and Magellan Penguin
34: Chiloe: Islas Lemuy, Quehui, Chelin | Left, Top to Bottom: Views of Ila Lemuy Above: Jon and Eli at the top of Isla Chelin
35: Top of Page: Dolphins seen from Mar y Magia Right, Top to Borrom: Traditional curanto on Isla Quehui, Porpoise Fin, Harbor in Dalcahue
36: Parque Nacional de Chiloe | Lake on the Way to Parque Nacional
37: Above: Wild Horses at the Beach | Eli and Jon in front of the lake
38: Destination: Coyhaique | Coyhaique is the capital city of the Aisen region of Patagonia. Jon and Eli visited this remote area with two friends, Carrie and Angela, over Easter Break in 2013. Coyhaique is surrounded by stunning natural beauty including picturesque valleys, waterfalls, rivers, mountains, and lakes. The highlight of the trip was a 12 hour boat ride to see the famous glacier in Laguna San Rafael which was an unforgettable experience. All of us agreed that Central Patagonia was the most spectacular part of Chile we had seen so far.
39: View from our bedroom in Patagonia House Bed and Breakfast
40: Coyhaique: Patagonia House | Top Left: Bumblebees in the lavender plant Top Right: Our Bed and Breakfast, Patagonia House Bottom: Amazing Sunset from the back porch
41: View of Coyhaique Valley on descent from our hike in the National Reserve | View from the scenic lookout just outside of town | Saltos de la Virgen
42: Coyhaique: Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael | The most impressive visit in Coyhaique was an all-day cruise through the fjords of Laguna San Rafael to see the glacier. Since we woke up very early, we saw the sun creep over the surrounding mountains covered in clouds. Later on we also happened upon a colony of sea lions pictured to the right. It was such a fabulous day!! | Puerto Chacabuco at Dawn
43: Opposite Page: Sunrise shots from Catamaranes del Sur Above: A Colony of sea lions slides from the rocks into the ocean below
44: Coyhaique: Glacier
45: de San Rafael
46: Coyhaique: Glacier Excursion | Left: Eli touches one of the icebergs Center: Our catamaran approaches the glacier Right: Angela, Eli, and Carrie enjoy a glass of wine | Our dinghy is dwarfed by the glacier
47: Above: A chunk of ice cleaves from the glacier
48: Coyhaique: Laguna Verde
49: The rim of the lake as seen with a fish-eye lens
50: The group enjoys lunch on a log at Lago Venus | Reflection of Mirador Coyhaique in Laguna Verde | Carrie, Eli, and Angela pretend to be pumas hiding in the grass
51: Reserva Nacional de Coyhaique | Eli pretends to be tall at a scenic lookout | Laguna Los Sapos
52: Destination: Elqui Valley
53: The Elqui Valley is located about 70 kilometers east of La Serena in north-central Chile. Jon, Eli, Sandi, David, and Sara spent three days in the valley in January of 2012. While there we enjoyed horseback riding, gazing at the stars, visiting quaint local towns, and sampling Pisco, the famous Chilean liquor. The valley was also home to the Noble Prize winning poet, Gabriela Mistral so we visited her school and grave. We all enjoyed the beautiful scenery and mystic culture of the area. | Above: A view of Elqui Valley's vineyards | The spirit of the valley | A dreamcatcher
54: Jon and Eli at Puclaro Dam | Diagram of the Valley | Thatched Roofs set against the granite cliffs of the valley
55: Elqui Valley: Montegrande and Vicuna | German Clock Tower in Vicuna | Statue in Montegrande | Horseback riding in Cochiguaz Valley | Church in Montegrande
56: Elqui Valley: Mamalluca Observatory
57: Above: The Moon as seen from the observatory's telescopes
58: Elqui Valley: Pisco Elqui | Clockwise Top to Bottom: Church in Pisco Elqui Plaza, Mystical Graffiti Art, Statue in the Plaza, Pisco Distilleries at Pisco Mistral, View of Church at Sunset, Church in Alcohaus, Sandi and Sara enjoying their Pisco, Pisco Grapes
60: Easter Island
63: Destination: Lago Rapel
64: Destination: | Jon and Eli visited La Serena in January of 2012 with Eli's parents and Jon's mom. La Serena is a popular beach resort about five hours drive north of Santiago. The beach was very crowded and reminded Sandi of the Alabama coastline where the Krumtinger family used to vacation. The city of La Serena is a Spanish colonial town wih several beautiful churches, plazas, and marketplaces. The group of us spent a few days taking in the sun and surf and also made some day trips to visit some of the areas other
65: attractions. On the drive up we stopped at Parque Nacional Fray Jorge, famous for it's unique ecosystem: a cloud rainforest in the middle of the arid desert. In addition we drove two hours north in an attempt to visit the National Humboldt Penguin Reserve but unfortunately were unable to visit the penguins due to a potential tsunami warning. After the disappointment, we enjoyed a few days' visit to the Elqui Valley, which was highly enjoyable. | La Serena | Crowds flock to the beach in summer
66: La Serena: Ciudad Antigua | Local Goods on Display at the market
67: The family dines at El Parron | Bottom Left to Right: Iglesia Santo Domingo, Iglesia San Francisco, and Catedral de La Serena
68: La Serena: Parque Nacional Fray Jorge & | Humboldt Penguin National Reserve
69: Opposite Page: The group examines the cloud forest at Fray Jorge and enjoys the boardwalk tour of the scenery This Page: Fishermen boats, used to take tourists to the penguin island lay unused due to the rough, choppy waters caused by a Peruvian earthquake the day before.
70: Los Andes is a small, traditional town at the foothills of the Andes mountains. It is the last Chilean town before the border crossing with Argentina, high up in the mountains. Jon and Eli traveled that road during their Dieciocho trip to Mendoza in 2012 with the Popes. The mountain scenery was stark and snowy, and the height of Mt. Aconcagua was startling. Lizzy visited the town of Los Andes during winter break of 2013 with her mom. They visited the Plaza de Armas and the Santuario de Santa Teresa de los Andes, and were amazed by the ancient mummy in the town's museum. Los Andes is also surrounded by the Aconcagua wine valley, where Eli had a bachelorette lunch with her friends before heading to Valpo for the night.
71: Destination: Los Andes | Above: Santuario de Auco
72: Foothills of the Andes Mountains | Top Left: The road to Mendoza Bottom Left: Statue of Bernardo O Higgins Bottom Center: Plaza de Armas Bottom Right: Mural of Gabriella Mistral Top Right: The Andes at the Chile/Argentina border Top Center: Church in Los Andes
75: Los Andes: Valle Aconcagua Bachelorette Party at Vina Errasuriz | The ladies: Renea, Bonnie, Kate, Carrie, Beth, Shannon, Amy, Eli, Meredith, Amy
76: Maipo Valley | Jon and Eli have been to the Maipo Valley many tines to visit different wineries, most notably in Oct, 2011 with Renea and Elliott. The valley is a red wine region, just outside of Santiago. Most notably they have visited Santa Rita vineyard, which has a great museum of Pre-Colombian Art, as well as huaso handicrafts. Santa Rita, unfortunately, does not have degustaciones with your meal, making it hard to taste wine,
77: Matanzas Beach
86: Destination: Pichilemu
87: We went to Pichilemu beach in the winter of 2016. Pichilemu is a surfing town located on the western coast of Chile. In May, there were not many people on the beach. Jon and Eli took David to a little hotel right on the beach where they could relax and listen to the waves. We took dad to the hotel, 8 al Mar, for his birthday, and a little R&R. Although it was the middle of winter, it was a beautiful beach location. We ordered take out and had a fabulous time
88: Destination: Pirque
89: Destination: Pomaire | Pomaire is a pottery town 45 minutes west of Santiago. Jon and Eli enjoy taking visitors there in order to buy cheap souvenirs. The town is known for its brown and black clay pottery as well as its colorful flower pots and piggy banks. In addition, it is fun to eat at the traditional Chilean restaurants that serve pastel de choclo, parilladas, and the worlds' largest empanadas. | Pomaire Clay Pots on Display | Giant Empanadas | L
90: Destination: Portillo | Above: Lake Portillo as seen from Hotel Portillo
91: On a beautiful day in August of 2013, Jon and Eli joined Randi, Matt, and her dad at the Portillo ski resort two hours north eaast of Snatiago on the road to Mendoza. The ski resort is like a cruise in that you have to book full room and board at the hotel for the week. We were lucky to be able to stay in the Wigginss room and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake and ski on the incredible slopes. The ski resort also houses the US and Austrian national ski teams in the off season, so the ski runs were no joke. It was a magnificent time and the sunset was truly outstanding.
92: In January of 2013, we visited Pucon on our first road trip down south. Pucon is a world-class adventure sport town on Lake Villarica. Under the shadow of the active Volcan Villarica, the region offers rafting, hiking, kayaking, as well as volcano climbing. Jon and I signed up for an afternoon of canopy (ziplining) through the forest. Jon also took on the sport of hydrospeeding: body-boarding through the rapids on a personal foam board. In addition to dabbling in the adventure sports we also hiked in Huerquehue National Park, bathed in a local hotspring, and spent time enjoying the views of the snow-capped volcano. Although not a gourmet paradise, Pucon is a busy little tourist town with plenty of restaurants and places to grab a drink at night. A fun time was had by all. | Destination: Pucon
93: Above: Volcan Villarica at sunset Bottom left: The view from our hotel, Green Park Pucon Bottom right: Lago Calafouen enroute to Lican Ray
95: Pucon: Termas Geometricas | Tucked into a narrow canyon in Villarica National Park, these remote hotsprings consist of 17 naturally heated bathing pools. The red, Asian inspired decks and bridges contrast exquisitely with the tropical green fauna. The whole area is clothed in mist from the volcanic steam which heats the thermal pools. Jon and I spent a wonderful afternoon relaxing in the hot springs and playing in the icy cold waterfalls.
97: One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. -William Shakespeare | Pucon: Volcan Villarica | This page: The volcano from Pucon harbor Opposite Page: Canopy tours with Aguaventura
98: Pucon: Parque Nacional Huerquehue | This National Park boasts beautiful waterfalls, pristine alpine lakes, and majestic views of the local volcanoes. Jon and I enjoyed our day hike to Sendero Los Lagos. Trekking to the series of lakes at the top of the hill was especially exciting for Eli who had received chemo the week before. | Top Left: Lago Verde, Top Right: View back to Villarica on drive to park, Bottom Left: Scenic view from hike: volcano and Lago Tinquilco, Bottom Right: The beginning of Sendero Los Lagos hike
99: On this page: Views of Lago Verde, Lago Chico, and Cascada Nido de Aguilas
100: Punta Arenas is the southernmost city in Chile, the gateway to Patagonia. We flew into Punta Arenas in the summer of 2015 where Jon, Lizzy, Mom, and Dad rented a car to explore the wilds of the end of the world. Punta Arenas is a nice coastal city on the Straights of Magellan with a pretty plaza, beautiful flowers, and in close proximity of many penguins on Isla Magdalena. We had a great time!
101: Destination: Punta Arenas
106: Above: Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus | Destination: Puerto Varas
107: Puerto Varas is a German colonial town situated on Lago Llanquihue in the south of Chile. Jon and Eli traveled to Puerto Varas in January of 2013 with Eli's friend, Kelsey, and it was our favorite part of the summer trip. We really enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere of the city as well as its close proximity to Patagonia and the island of Chiloe. The town boasts historic German homes and scenic views of Volcan Osorno. Within an hour's drive you can visit waterfalls, lakes, and fjords. Puerto Varas is also an adventure haven for fly fishing, rafting, canyoning, and kayaking. Unfortunately the tabanos, or horse flies, were in full effect which made it impossible for us to partake in any of the water activities. Next time! | Above: Volcan Osorno and Lago Llanquihue
108: Puerto Varas: German Influence | Center: Puerto Varas at Night Left: Church at sunset
109: My poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests. -Pablo Neruda | Above: Eli and Kelsey enjoy the Beer Fest. Some beers were tastier than others..... | Top Right: German beer festival Bottom Right: Historic German home
110: Reloncavi Estuary with Yate Volcano in the background
111: Puerto Varas: Reloncavi Estuary | On their first full day in Puerto Varas, Eli, Jon, and Kelsey took a scenic drive around Lago Llanquihue, stopping at different attractions on the tourist map. Their first stop was the breathtaking Cochamo valley, the northernmost fjord of Patagonia. Dubbed the Yosemite of Chile, the valley, with it's granite hills, green trees, aqua-blue waters, and snowcapped volcanoes, was simply stunning. Approaching the tiny fishing village of Cochamo, the group spied a picturesque wooden grey church standing guard over the estuary pictured to the left. It was a view they will never forget.
112: Puerto Varas: Valle de Cochamo
114: Both pages: Various shots of Volcan Osorno, Los Saltos de Petrohue, and Lago Todos los Santos | Puerto Varas: Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales
115: The second stop on the tour was even more magnificent. The trio oohed and aahed over the glacial Petrohue waterfalls. Later they took a boat ride on a remote alpine lake, usually used as a border crossing to Argentina. This was followed by a drive up to Volcan Osorno. At the top they found a ski lift and spent an exhilarating afternoon traipsing around the volcano's craters and gaping at the birds-eye view of the surrounding lakes and mountains.
116: Puerto Varas: | The trio makes it to the top | The volcano appears in the distance | Snow and Moon | Lago Llanquihue as seen from drive up volcano
117: Volcan Osorno | Kelsey and Eli ride the ski lift up the volcano | View of snowcapped peaks in Argentina | Almost like being on the moon
118: Destination: Puma Lodge | Although Randi and Eli did not travel to the Noi Puma Lodge by helicopter, they did eventually make it down the bumpy, dirt road to the lodge. The location was stunning: the room amazing and the pool looked out over the Andes mountains. The lodge was stunning and only about two hours from Santiago in the heart of the Parque Cipreses, near Rancagua. The duo became a little lost on the way but eventually made it. The views from the Puma Lodge were well worth the drive
119: Destination: Ritoque Beach | During Easter Break of 2015, Eli and Jon stayed at Ritoque Beach. Although they were not allowed to bring their own food, Jon and Elliott managed to drink quite a bit that night . La Ritoquena is a quiet beach house, two stories tall, with a shared bathroom in the middle. The food made at the hotel was delicious, as were the pisco sours on the rooftop. The group had a great time at their beach getaway.
120: Destination: San Pedro de Atacama
121: Mom and I went to the Atacama desert in the fall of 2013 to celebrate my remission. San Pedro is a dusty, desert town with access to some amazing natural scenery in the Altiplano of northeastern Chile. We visited high altitude lakes, salt flats, Pre-Incan ruins, geysers, as well as moon, rainbow, and death valleys, In addition we saw tons of wildlife like vicunas, guanacos, flamingos, desert foxes, and vizcachas. The scenery was out of this world! | The Adobe restaurant on Caracoles Street | Church in the town square of San Pedro | The Cemetary outside of town
122: Atacama: Laguna Chaxa | Laguna Chaxa is part of the National Flamingo Reserve that surrounds the Salar de Atacama. We arrived at the lake at sunrise and really enjoyed the tranquility of the lake at dawn with the mountains bathed in early morning sun. Beautiful!
123: A lone flamingo feeds on brine at sunrise
124: Atacama: Flamingos at Sunrise
126: Atacama: High Altitude Lakes | Our tour of the Lagunas Altiplanicos took us to some of the most stunning scenery I've ever seen. Located over 4,000 meters above sea level, the vibrant blue of the glacial lakes stood out against the pastel shades of the surrounding mountains. In addition to two lakes, we also toured a large salt flat near Bolivia and saw amazing wildlife including rheas, vicunas and guanacos. It was a spectacular tour! | Top: Laguna Miscanti unfolds below us as we walk down the hill Bottom:A group of guanacos takes a drink at the edge of the lake
127: Above: Eli poses in front of Laguna Miscanti with Laguna Miniques in the background | Above: Strong winds create a ripple effect on the water at Salar de Aguas Calientes
128: Atacama: Salar de Aguas Calientes and the Oasis Towns | Opposite Page: Top Left: Bell Tower in Toconao Top Right: Old Church in Socaire BottomLeft:Street Scene in Toconao Bottom Right: Church in
130: Just a three kilometer walk from our hostal lie the ruins of Quitor. Dating from the 12th century, this is where the natives made one last stand against the Spanish before they were taken over. Mom and I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and the steep hike to the top of the look out where the Spanish had displayed native heads as a reminder to all who dared disobey. Our efforts were rewarded by tremendous views of the valleys below. | Atacama: Pukara de Quitor
132: Valle de la Luna y | Top Center: Bottom Center: Top Right: Bottom Right: | Above: Volcan Licancabur as seen from Moon valley Below: The valley is a sand-boarder's paradise
133: Valle de la Muerte | On our second night in San Pedro, mom and I took a tour of the Valley of the Moon and Death Valley. We enjoyed the stark contrast between the wind-blown sand dunes and the arid salt and rock formations. Although rushed we also enjoyed watching the sun set over the valleys in beautiful shades of pink and purple. | Lunar Landscape Las Tres Marias formation Views of Death Valley from Quitor mom and I enjoy the sunset
134: Atacama: El Tatio Geysers
135: In order to visit El Tatio Geyser Field, mom and I woke up at 3:30 AM to ride a bus in the dark through the desert. It was absolutely freezing when we arrived, but it didn't diminish our enjoyment of watching the geysers bubble and smoke against the early morning sky. Even though it was no Yellowstone, we both enjoyed visiting the world's highest geothermal field.
137: Atacama: Rainbow Valley
138: Atacama: Wildlife
140: Destination: Santa Cruz | Above: Adobe houses typical of Central Chile
141: Entrance to Casa Silva | Ali and Lizzy with a view of the Lolol Valley | Santa Cruz is the main city in the heart of the Colchagua wine valley two and a half hours south of Santiago. The area is home to several beautiful wineries such as Casa Silva, Viu Manent, Vina Santa Cruz, Montes, and Montgras. Jon and Eli have been to the valley several times and really enjoy staying at Janine's bed and breakfast and eating in her Italian restaurant, Vino Bello. Santa Cruz is also the site of the annual Nido ladies weekend when Eli was first introduced to the region.
142: Santa Cruz Ruta del Vino: | Top: Jon and Eli enjoy a carriage ride up to the Bodega Bottom: The horse and buggy heads for the cone in an attempt to win the race
143: Vina Santa Cruz | Top: A smaller carriage turns the corner as it races by Bottom: Lizzy and Dad stop to ponder a Panama hat purchase
144: Santa Cruz Ruta del Vino:
145: Viu Manent and Casa Silva
146: Santa Cruz: Fall Foliage
147: Opposite Page: Fall Colors at Vina Montes Above Right: Old Chevy truck at Montes Above Left: Dining at Janine's restaurant, Vino Bello Center and Bottom Left: Grounds at Hotel Vino Bello Bottom Right: Jon Samples the Wine at Lara Hartwig
148: Destination: | Santiago
149: Santiago is the capital of Chile and the city that Jon and Eli lived in during their _ years teaching at Nido de Aguilas. Santiago is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city surrounded by the Andes mountains. Although Santiago does not have many tourist attractions to speak of, the city is well known for its Plaza de Armas, as well as the statue of Mary high atop Cerro San Cristobal. The two enjoy watching the sun set over the smoggy city from the top of the funicular. There are also several worthy museums to visit, including the Museum of Human Rights documenting the atrocities that took place in the Pinochet era. In addition, the city is home to many different neighborhoods, each with their unique atmosphere. The duo especially appreciate Barrios Yungay, Brasil, and Bellavista for their artistic charm. They also enjoy the many parks, statues, and restaurants that abound in the more upscale neighborhoods of Vitacura, Providencia, Las Condes, and La Dehesa, where the two spent the majority of their time. Jon and Eli loved living in Santiago due to its proximity to the mountains, beaches, and vineyards of Chile. What a great base for exploring this magnificent country! | This page: The National Cathedral of Chile, flanked by a modern high rise in Plaza de Armas
150: Santiago: Plaza de Armas
151: Santiago: Palacio La Moneda | Palacio La Moneda is the presidential palace of Chile. Located on Bernardo OHiggins Avenue it was bombed in 1973 during the military coup that removed Salvador Allende from power and installed Pinochet. The best time to visit the palace is duirng the changing of the guard ceremony which happens every day around 10 AM. The plaza de armas is nearby where it is fun to spend some time people watching and visiting the National History museum.
153: Santiago: El Centro
154: Santiago: Bellas Artes & Parque Forestal
155: Cerro Santa Lucia
156: Santiago: Cerro San Cristobal
158: Santiago: Bellavista
160: Santiago: Street Art
161: Both Pages: Examples of graffiti in Barrios Yungay and Brasil
162: Yungay is an old residential neighborhood in Santiago. Filled with street art and colorful buildings, Yungay is a charming blend of small town living with modern amenities. The Boulevard Lavin, or French hairdresser, lies at the heart of the neighborhood and is a great place to visit due to the interesting knickknacks on the wall. Eli and Jon visited Yungay on the patrimonial Spicy Chile walking tour and really enjoyed it. | Santiago: Barrio Yungay
164: Santiago: Barrios Brasil & Concha y Toro | This Page: Top Left: Church in Barrio Brasil Top Right: Street Art seen on Spicy Chile tour Bottom Left: Plaza Brasil Bottom Right: Man feeding pigeons off plaza | Opposite Page: Top Left: 19th century mansion in Barrio Brasil Top Right: Colorful Graffiti Bottom Left: Church near Avenida Republica Bottom Right:Balcony in Concha y Toro
166: Barrio Italia | Barrio Italia is a neighborhood with many antique shops, cafes, and boutique stores. Paris y Londres is a small barrio with a medieval European feel. Both are fun day excursions in the heart of the city.
167: Barrio Paris y Londres
168: Santiago: Cementario General
169: Santiago: Villa Grimaldi
170: Santiago: La Dehesa
172: Santiago: Los Dominicos
173: Santiago: Valle Nevado
174: Sewell is a mining town outside of Rancagua, 1 1/2 hours south of Santiago. Nestled high in the Andes, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006. In order to visit Sewell, tourists have to take a bus ride on a twisty mountain road, past a very large copper mine. Dad, Ali, Mom and Lizzy took the tour in the spring of 2012 and all really enjoyed visiting the scenic ghost town. Most impressive was the historic staircase as well as the bowling alley and run-down buildings where the workers used to live.
175: Destination: Sewell | Historic Staircase, Sewell
176: Sewell: Mining Town
177: Top Left: Dormitories in disrepair Bottom Left: The town hospital Bottom Center: Ali and lizzy pose on the steps Bottom Right: View of the city as seen from the road Center: Bowling Alley circa 1912 Top Right: El Teniente Mine
178: Destination: Talca | Talca is a town in central Chile known for its wineries and authentic huaso villages. Eli and her mom visited Talca on a rainy weekend in July of 2013. Many of the sites had been destroyed by the earthquake of 2010, so they were a little disappointed in the trip. They did enjoy purchasing authentic horsehair souvenirs in the rural town of Rari and dining at the Miguel Torres restaurant in Curico.
179: Above: Chapel on the grounds of Balduzzi Winery
180: Talca: Rural Villages of Linares, Villa Alegre, & Rari
182: Downtown Talca
183: Curico: Miguel Torres Winery
184: Valdivia is a port city and university town surrounded by the Rio Valdivia on the Southern coast. Jon and Eli visited the city at the end of their summer trip in January 2013 and greatly enjoyed their time there. The first day, they toured some Spanish forts located outside of town. Valdivia was the last Spanish stronghold during the Chilean battle for independence. After viewing the forts the duo took a tour of the Kunstmann Brewery and ate a delicious German meal in the brewery restaurant. The stuffed porkchop with spetzle and the lager sin filtro were both a big hit. The second day in Valdivia they walked along the river, toured the fish market, gawked at the sea lions, and later took a boat trip to the nature sanctuary north of town. Although there wasn't much to see at the sanctuary it was nice to be on the water for a day. | Above: Panamoric City View from Pedro de Valdivia Bridge | Destination: Valdivia
185: LEFT: View from Pedro de Valdivia Bridge RIGHT: Susnet from Hotel Naguillen
186: Valdivia: Kunstmann Brewery
187: Valdivia: Fish Market and River
188: Valdivia: Carlos Anwandter Nature Sanctuary
189: Valdivia: Spanish Forts | LEFT: Torreon watch tower used to defend the city against Mapocho attacks CENTER Various views of Fort Niebla and Corral Bay TOP RIGHTt: Eli poses in front of the ruins of the fort on Isla Mancera
190: Destination: Valparaiso | Valparaiso is a coastal town about an hour and a half west of Santiago. Jon and Eli first visited the city during their Dieciocho holiday in September of 2011 and quickly fell in love with it. Since then they have been back many times, mostly to show family members and friends. Eli even had her Bachelorette party there in December of 2013. Valpo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the colorful and historic homes on the hills, which help to make it such a fun city to walk around. Usually the duo staying on Cerro Alegre or Cerro Constitucion, and enjoy visiting the Open Air Museum, shopping for art work, riding the ascensors, taking photos of the magnificent street art and eating in the picturesque restaurants and cafes. Valpo is their favorite city in Chile and they will always remember it fondly.
192: Valparaiso: Cerro Allegre
194: Valpo: Cerro Allegre y Cerro Concepcion
196: Valpo: City of Art on the Hills
199: Museo a Cielo Abierto: Cerro Bellavista
200: Valpo: Artwork by Mario Celedon
203: A SCENSORES
208: Valpo w Friends
210: Destination: | Wulff Castle overlooking the Pacific Ocean
211: Vina del Mar | Vina del Mar is a beach-side resort just north of Valparaiso. It is known for its white beaches and beautiful gardens. Eli visited the city with her family on a grey day in November. Maybe it was the cloudy weather, but the group found the city less than charming. We much preferred Valpo. | View of the city skyline from the Marga River | View of the coastline from the Wulff Castle | Earthquake Damage: Palacio Vergara
212: Destination: Vitacura | Above: Bicycle Statue in Parque Bicentenario with Costanera Center under construction Right: (Top to Bottom) View of Vitacura from Vespucio Norte, Drinks and Sunsets at the Noi Rooftop
214: Vitacura: Statues on Avenida Vespucio
216: Vitacura: Parque Bicentenario
218: Destination: Zapallar
219: Zapallar is Eli and Jon's favorite beach city in Chile. They love the perfect cove of aqua blue water surrounded by New England style mansions and brilliant white sand. Zapallar is the perfect place to hobnob wih the rich and famous in Chile, particularly at the picturesque restaurant, El Chiringuito where you can watch dolphins jumping out the window while you dine. If you're in the mood for a day of sunshine and sand, Zapallar is nothing short of idylic.
221: Zapallar: Coastal Wildlife
222: Zapallar: Cachagua Beach
223: Cachagua Beach, situated in between Zapallar and Maitencillo, is a lovely stretch of coastline with beautiful homes, amazing flowers, and a cliff-side walkway. It is also home to the penguin island pictured above. The Timms family took several expeditions to the island in 2012 before finally glimpsing the penguinos!