Puerto Varas, Chile

A stunning spot on Lake Llanquihue, and home to the flashiest (if most German Alpine) architecture in Chile, Puerto Varas is a wonderful little place, particularly on a day like this. It was only 20 minutes from Puerto Montt by road. I was probably the only person on the cruise to take the locals bus,…

Puerto Montt, Chile

A nicely situated, if unattractive city on the Chilean coast, Puerto Montt is home to 175,000 people and the heart of Chile’s salmon farming industry (the second largest in the world after Norway). It makes a good entry point to the Llanquihue Province with it’s many lakes, and the far more attractive Puerto Varas is…

Santiago street art

Unlike most places that have surprised me with their street art I was expecting street art in Santiago, it struck me for some reason as the sort of place that would have lots. It did have a fair amount, but less than expected in general. There were some large scale examples in the city, with exquisite…

Cementerio General de Santiago

An absolutely enormous cemetery, one of the largest in South America with an estimated 2 million burials, the Cementerio General de Santiago was so vast I only had the time and energy to explore the mausoleums, behind this foreboding looking entrance. Inside was a labyrinth of mausoleums, with corridors stretching into the distance. Some of…

Santiago, Chile

It may not have much to occupy you for more than a couple of days, but Santiago is an enjoyable and underrated place to visit. It was quite refreshing to visit somewhere seemingly almost devoid of tourists, with plenty of local energy and things of interest to see. Like the major city in many smaller…

Best of 2016 – Photography – Further afield

I took ~10,000 photos overseas this year on my travels to Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, the Galápagos, Georgia, UK and Australia. Here’s a far smaller subset of some of my favourites. All taken on my Sony Cyber-shot DCS-RX100, a pocket sized camera that takes some pretty good photographs. Follow the links for details of each trip. Buenos…