Chile travel info
Argentina (Buenos Aires)-Uruguay:
25 days, Febr '99
Kind of travel:
me in an independent travel
How I moved:
flying, rollerblading, hitch hiking (on pick ups), minibus
Where I slept:
in cheap hotels, in Patagonia in tent and hostel
in Febraury the climate is perfect: Santiago is hot but dry and
Patagonia fresh (12 C), even it can be rainy.
Chile is safe, and Patagonia even more!
the easy of travelling, the vastity of Patagonia, Santiago with
his wonderful dry weather and the last but not the least the variety
of Chile: from the desert in the north to the vulcanoes in the middle
till the glaciers of Patagonia
What I dislike:
frankly I don't know... if I've to say something I would say the
traffic in Santiago
you do need:
if you go in Patagonia follow my
"This semester exams at
the university are over, now it's time to travel, where could I go?".
"Why not to visit my
grandmother in Chile, it's years I don't see her, grabbing the chance to travel through
the country and in the coming back dropping by Buenos Aires?" That was what I did.
Moreover in Italy it was wintertime so no better period to go in Patagonia when there is
summer. I took my rollerlblades, my back bag, my camera, the lonely planet and I left
alone for a low budget travel.
I arrived in Santiago, spent here some days, went
to Patagonia, travelled with a just
known friend (Nicolas) in the Torres del Paine National Park, came
back in Santiago, visited the coast (Valparaiso), flew to Buenos Aires,
went to Montevideo (Uruguay) and flew back Italy.
25 days travelling I've had no problems; people have been nice and
I particularly liked Chile (read
about the chilean travelmate I met). It's so charming: a 7000
km long strip running from the desert area in the north (Atacama
desert) to the glacier area in the south (Patagonia), covering all
the climatic belts. What I saw was just a small part of all the
country. Patagonia is Patagonia: it's the end of the world
and there's no way to describe it, while Santiago strikes for its
exotic dash. I found Chile
different compared to Argentina and Uruguay that, in my opinion,
are quite similar to a south European country (especially to Italy),
and for such reason I didn't got particularly impressed by Buenos
Aires and Montevideo. However I've just visited the capital, hence
I cannot generalize to all the country. Anyway in this website I
have decided to not tell anything about Argentina and Uruguay.