Chile is a sliver of land that spreads down the west coast of South America. Within that sliver is wonders to behold from the Atacama Desert tucked under Peru to the north, along the Andes with volcanoes and the El Tatio geysers, salt lakes and the Valle de la Luna while in the southern regions magnificent wines, lakes, forests, impressive cities and on to the Chilean Patagonia, the hikers paradise.
I’d go back tomorrow and definitely to the Atacama, described as one of the most inhospitable places on earth, but definitely provides the kind of unexpected luxury and spectacular scenery to boggle your mind and your senses.
So with the recent earthquake and the Independence Day celebrations in Canberra coinciding it was a big relief to hear the impact and damage had not been as bad as expected and the million people mobilized in 15 – 20 minutes in anticipation of the tsunami were soon able to return home. Chilean guests were quick to say their family and friends were safe and let’s get on with the party and the pisco sours, empanadas and anticuchos. With some spur sporting huasos ( cowboys ) dancing up a treat with the glam ladies all ruffled up for the occasion.
Thank you,...... always a pleasure to toast with this famous drink, and yes I know it will have to be just one as the afternoon effect is better experienced by a pool with copious gallons of water to dissipate the impact and I do have to work tonight.
Australia and Chile have been connected across the Pacific trading routes for many years and we used to import their wheat. One former Chilean president, Ramon Freire was exiled here in 1837 after he tried to take back power with a coup, Chris Watson the first Labor Prime Minister of Australia was born in Valparaiso and the current president Michelle Bachelet spent time living in Australia. And with major migration after the tenure of Presidents Allende and Pinochet, Chileans make up a big part of our newer aussies, and now with new prosperity and a secure and safe Chile they -make many happy returns back and forth across the Pacific
Put Chile on your bucket list. It’s ideal for a slow pace and the pleasure of so much that is magnificent.