Skiing Portillo Mountain During July and August in Chile…

Portillo is in the Valparaiso region of Chile, located on the edge of Lake Inca – in the Andes Mountains. It is a great place to go, not just for the skiing, but also because it has a lot of history. Portillo is the oldest ski resort in South America!

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Skiing started in Portillo as early as 1890, when Norwegian Engineers were employed to study the area for a railway line, now the Uspallata Pass, that would connect Chile and Argentina. They used skis to get across the mountains and are thought to be the first ever people to have skis in the region. As the railroad continued being built, more and more of the workers used skis to get around, and after the railway’s completion, skiing turned into an enjoyable past time for many people – especially with the easy mountain access that the new train line provided. With increasing popularity came the establishment of the Portillo Ski Centre. Funny enough, this means that the railway  was also technically, the first ski lift in Chile!

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The Ski Centre also holds importance in the country’s sporting history. It was the host to the 1966 World Championships for alpine racing and to this day remains the only games to be hosted in the southern hemisphere. In addition to this, Portillo is only 23km from the great Aconcagua Mountain, the tallest mountain in South America and outside of Asia. It stands just under 7,000 metres tall and has a large number of glaciers, one of which measures 10km across. Roughly 2000 people attempt the ascent to summit each year, with the boldest among them even skiing part of the way down the mountain.

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As for the Portillo Resort, there are 3 exclusive hotels to choose between, the main one being the Hotel Portillo. The service is excellent; the staff ratio to hotel guests is almost 1:1, and the hotel amenities make up for lack of a ski town – with fitness center, bar, game room, a disco, and even a cinema – at your disposal. The resort has previously been ranked in the top 10 best ski resorts in  the world by Ski Magazine and the Travel Channel.

When it comes to skiing, Portillo is a great choice if you’re looking for lots of variety. There are 14 lifts available and a great range of slopes to suit all abilities.The soft powder and small nature of the resort makes it perfect for beginners, who can practice on the gentler slopes without crowds of people skiing past. The fact there are so few guests in this resort is actually great for everyone, as it makes for a more relaxing, uninterrupted ski holiday. If you’re a person of a bit more adventurous nature, this is also the perfect place for you. Portillo offers some insane off-path skiing routes if you’re willing to take a cool hike up the mountain, one of which will lead you to the “Christ of the Andes” statue, and down a thrilling 9 mile run. There is also lift access to the high-up avalanche chutes which offer steep powder skiing for those really seeking a challenge.

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You don’t even have to know how to ski to enjoy this place – there’s a great tour which can take you on a snowshoe trek around the base of the mountain where you’ll experience breathtaking views of the Aconcagua Valley and sparkling Inca Lake above the treetops.

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Skiing in Valle Nevado During Chile’s Beautiful Winter Season…

Bordered by the Andes mountains, Chile is a fantastic destination for anyone looking for an unforgettable ski or snowboarding experience away from the typical North American/European style resorts. As peak season occurs in July/August here in Chile, The Andes provides a breathe of fresh air away from the heat of the Northern Hemisphere summers.

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The biggest (and one of the most popular resorts), Valle Nevado, is definitely worth exploring. The way the edges of your skis or board will glide through the soft powder snow that appears mid-season, is definitely not a feeling to be missed while traveling in Chile! At a maximum altitude of 3700 meters, the mountains offer some of the best quality snow in the country and what’s more, being only 46km from the capital city of Santiago, means you can experience the greatness of the mountains and the city – all in one exhilarating day trip.

It’s not only the proximity to the capital which makes a trip to Valle Nevado worthwhile. It’s part of the Tres Valles (three valleys) mountain range, including two other major resorts, La Parva and El Colorado, which means you basically have access to a 3 in 1 deal. Why not start your day exploring the white peaks of Valle Nevado, switch to some awesome skiing through La Parva, and end with a relaxing alpine ski and a couple of piscos on El Colorado mountain? If you are just looking for an exhilarating day out, there’s a cool excursion you can book at thebesty.com which takes you to all of these places.

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If you are also into photography then Valle Nevado is the resort for you.  Take your camera up the slopes with you and you’ll be able to capture some of the most awe-inspiring views you’ve ever seen. Located above the treeline, there are barely any trees blocking your sight, giving you a crystal clear view over the mountains where you’ll witness the spiky peaks and glistening glacial features of the Andes mountains.  An evening ski session is highly recommendable if you want to see some stunning sunsets.

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The Valle Nevado resort is great for practical reasons too; it has fantastic modern facilities with brilliant lifts and slopes suitable for all abilities, so if you want to get into skiing or snowboarding, don`t hesitate to book some beginner classes on some of the best pistes in South America. If you really want make the most of the slopes, accommodation is available to meet your every wish, with affordable, well equipped apartments to luxury top of the range ski chalets – among the options of places where you can stay to enjoy your trip to the max!

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A Fun Nighttime Experience In Santiago, Chile: Dinner Show with Cueca Dancing and Much Much More…

You’re missing out if you haven’t gone to a Dinner Show while staying in Santiago, Chile. There are a bunch of tours with “dinner shows” out there but I highly recommend downloading TheBesty app to find the best ones with the top shows and dinners.

On my favorite Dinner Show tour, you can enjoy music from 4 different regions in Chile: the North, the Center, the South, and Isla de Pascua. Chile is one of the longest and narrowness countries in the world, which allows it to have a variety of cultures and traditions!

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The North is known for its style of dance that follows the annual celebration called “Fiesta de La Tirana”, to honor Virgen del Carmen. The South is known for Mapuche Ritual Dances, since a lot of indigenous inhabitants, specifically the Mapuche, live there. In Easter Island or Isla de Pascua, there’s a popular dance called sau sau and a ballet called “Aromas de Tahití”. And throughout the country, people dance cueca, a national dance where men wear huaso (cowboy) outfits and women wear pretty flower dresses.

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I went to a dinner show last Friday and it was incredible. I can’t imagine any other place where you can experience and enjoy all of Chilean’s different dances in one place! It’s a 4-in-1 dance show! The dances were all very unique and the different costumes that the dancers had on were incredible and beautiful.

Here are short descriptions about each dance.

In the north, Fiesta de La Tirana is a festival that happens every year on July 16 in La Tirana, a town in the north of Chile. Today it is one of the biggest festival in the region. Many years ago, the ceremony was only a small celebration to give respect and honor Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom is Virgin Mary in her role as a patroness of the Carmelite Order. But then in 1830, when the region became known for its natural resources of potassium nitrate which was essential for many factories during that time, more workers came to live in the area. These workers would frequently visit the chapel of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, which led them to join in on the annual celebration. Throughout time, the celebration kept getting bigger and today, the ceremony is now celebrated by thousands of people. For you to imagine how big the ceremony is, there are nearly 200 different dance groups that participant in the ritual, honoring the image of Virgen del Carmen de La Tirana. Promeseros, Cuyacas, Gitanos, Chunchos, Pieles Rojas, Morenos, Indios – are just a few names of the groups. Here’s a great video showing the Fiesta de La Tirana and the different dances that exist:

Moving on to the south, the Mapuche ritual dance is for worshiping the divinity. For many people, it is also a healing ceremony. There are many types of dances here. The ritual dances, the Nguillatún and the Machitún, are done to pray to the supreme god Ngenechen and to the rehue or canelo tree – which is sacred to the region. There is also the loncomeo, a dance that imitates the movements of animals around a fire. In these ritual dances, the people wait for the presence of the Machi, who is the shamanness of the Mapuches; she is the intermediary between mortals and the spirit world.

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In Easter Island, the sau sau dance is to show dedication to the gods and nature. The dance is characterized by the movements of the dancers’ waist and hip, the wave-like movement of their arms and hands, and the movement of the flowery garlands flowers that they wear.

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Last but not least, throughout Chile and especially in the more central regions of the country, people dance to Cueca, the National Dance that is often done during the country’s Independence Day. There are many forms of this dance but a common one is a courtesy elegant style where a woman holds a handkerchief up in the air and approaches or moves away from her male partner in either slow or quick steps. There’s also another style called the “Sombrerito” – where the woman holds a hat instead of a handkerchief – and at the end of this dance, the couple hides their faces behind a hat – and kiss!

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I highly recommend going to a dinner show like the one I went to! You not only get to see these different culturally significant dances, but you’ll also get to taste and enjoy some of Chilean’s most traditional dishes. I had a lovely night eating lomo, pastel de cholco, and cazuelas, seeing the dances, and even dancing with the dancers at the end of the night!  This is definitely a a top experience you have to do when visiting Santiago!

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Peru Is Much More Than Machu Picchu. Learn About All The Amazing Places, Beaches, and Mountains in Peru!

When people think of Peru, most think about Machu Picchu. But in fact, Peru has much more to offer than many people even realize. The diversity of Peru is so immense, that you will find highlands, jungle, and coastlines, all in one country! You will not only see the coast and the amazing Andes, but also witness the unbelievable Amazonas.

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First of all, if you want to go to the coast, there is no better place than Lima, a place where you will find shops and beaches. Peru is one of the best places to surf, so when you visit the beaches, you should definitely give this sport a try! Further in the North, you will find even more beautiful beaches, such as Punta Sal, where Presidents have beach houses and Máncora – a beautiful touristic place and the most visited beach in the North of Peru. There are other beaches as well, such as Vichayto, which is famous because it is a calm beach where you can go kite surfing. And for the surf lovers, visiting Órganos is a must.  Organos is simply the best place to practice surfing in Peru!

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On the other side of Peru, as I’ve mentioned, you have the Andes! You will discover that the Andes is divided into 3 parts: the Andes North, Andes South and Central Andes. All of the Andes pass through the highlands of Peru, from the country’s border with Ecuador to its border with Bolivia and Chile. If you wish to visit this area, and have a spectacular view of all the Cordillera de Los Andes, you should go to Ancash, it is a city that is located in the western central part of the country. People also often say that another place to visit and discover incredible natural scenarios is Cajamarca, which is located in the North of Peru, and has very welcoming people and even more beautiful views of the Cordillera de Los Andes.

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Finally, you have the inexplicable jungle of Peru. I call it this because there are some places in the jungle that have still not been fully discovered, places  where natives lives, and other places in the jungle so difficult  to get to – they are basically inaccessible. That being said, you can go to the Reserva Nacional del Manu; which so big that it is partially located in two cities, Madre de Dios AND Cusco. The Reserve is divided into three parts, one is the National Park, where only biologists and researchers may enter (as it is only for investigation), the estación biológica de Cocha Cashu, one of the most important research centers of tropical forests is the main area here.  The second part is  the Reserved Zone – where tourists are allowed to visit. And the third part is the Transition Zone and Cultural Materials, where settlers who develop agricultural and forest activities live. There are still some parts where only few people have access to as the natives who live there do not speak Spanish. They have a unique language or dialect since they came from the Asháninka or Aguaruna, two of the most popular jungles in Peru.

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After telling you about the different amazing areas and places in Peru, its impossible to say that  Machu Picchu is the only place to visit!   For those who love adventure sports, you can go to the coast; for those who prefer being with nature but not with exotic animals, you have the highlands; and for those who want to have a unique experience and are not afraid of spiders, anacondas and insects – you can visit the jungle!

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Visit La Ciudad Perdida, Colombia’s Lost City…

Nestled in the height of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, the highest coastal range in the world, lies the Lost City, or La Ciudad Perdida, as it is known in Spanish.

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The Lost City, also called ‘Teyuna’ by indigenous people, is a settlement that was built by ancient Colombian civilians, the Tayrona people, over 1,000 years ago in approximately 800 AD. It was only recently ‘rediscovered’, in 1972, when a group of grave robbers came across a series of steps deep into the mountains, which led them to the ruins. It is the largest Tayrona settlement to be discovered so far and is thought to have been the center of their civilization at one point.

The Tyrona people were wiped out by the Spanish conquest, leaving their cities abandoned and to become buried in the jungle. After the Lost City’s discovery, a period of violence broke out when rival groups of treasure looters would fight over the site and its treasures. This prompted the government to step in and send archaeologists to find and save any ancient relics that remained. Many Tayrona objects that have been uncovered at the site are now on display in museums across Colombia, such as pottery, unique jewelry and gold pieces – which can be found in el Museo del Oro in Santa Marta.

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The remote, mysterious ruins are only accessible by foot. An exhilarating 44km trek into the magical Sierra Nevada leads you through stunning jungle terrain, natural waterfalls and lush green valleys to the bottom of the Lost City`s stair case. 1200 stone steps to be precise. Although the hike is a long and challenging one, the end destination is well worth the effort. The abandoned city itself is made up of 170 terraces, layered atop each other – upon magnificent platforms protruding from the mountain face. Although the wooden huts built for dwellings are long gone these stone foundations remain well intact. The site is unlike anything you have ever experienced before, as the abandoned stones high above the treetops in the depths of the unknown, create a somewhat unearthly atmosphere.

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Many tours offer indigenous guides who are members of the local Wiwa community. They will offer you a personal insight into the history of the City and the culture of the indigenous people, offering compelling tales about the many myths and legends that surround the area.They also know the trails, like the back of their hand, so even though you are miles away from any sign of modern civilization – you will feel safe and well taken care of. These guides can show you great spots along the way, such as fresh swimming holes to cool off in and great viewpoints where you can take a break and capture the awesome scenery.

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The Lost City is now protected by the Global Heritage Fund, a non-profit organization which works to preserve and protect the area against human and natural degradation, including further looting, vegetation overgrowth, and un-sustainable tourism.

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Climbing Lascar Volcano, One Of Chile’s Most Active Volcanoes

About 70 km southeast of San Pedro de Atacama is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes, called Lascar Volcano. It has a height of 5592 meters above sea level and its last eruptive activity happened on October 30th, 2015, at 9:30 AM (Chile Time), in which the column of smoke rose over 2500m high. However, the most significant eruption occurred in 1993, when the wind blew ashes and smoke to the coast of Brazil; it was recorded as the third largest eruption in Chilean history. Despite all of this, going to this volcano is an unforgettable experience, even more so, if you do it by trekking with friends and a guide.

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The beginning of this adventure starts in the tourist center of San Pedro; you have to go through the villages of Toconao and Talabre, through the Lye lagoon. You might want to go in a four-wheel truck as the altitude and the road is not as good as in the city. This route is not very easy to follow as it has 120kms and it takes more or less 3 hours to finish.

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In normal conditions, it is not possible to camp near or at the foot of the mountain as it has sulfur dioxide all around it. In spite of this, at 4500 meters height, you will be able to find a place to camp and finally have a rest. There is also another place to camp, which is in the lagoon Lye, 4300 meters above sea level. However, this place has strong winds, which makes it difficult to be there for a long time. Additionally, in order to go to this secondary camp, you have to be able to withstand the climate and the cold weather -so proceed with caution and wit ha guide! If it snows, all the footprints will be wiped clean – which will will make it difficult to return to San Pedro without any route signs.

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Finally, you have to follow the footprints for one hour or one and a half hours (if you go by foot), otherwise – it will take you more time to get there. Then, you have to climb up the smooth part in the middle of the slope, and you will see a clear path that will lead you up to the Volcano. Even so, sometimes this path is covered with sulfur dioxide, which makes it impossible to continue. Fortunately, you can take the crest on the west side of the slope. It will be more difficult to reach the Volcano, as it will take you up to 3 hours, and the path has a lot of rocks over it – but it is the only alternative if you want reach this amazing place!

There are guides that can take you up to Lascar Volcano , which is a good idea, because somtimes weather conditions and the contamination make it difficult to go on your own.

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Do not miss the chance to go to Lascar Volcano, as it is a unique experience, is one of the most amazing Volcanoes in all Chile, and is one of the most active!

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5 First Impressions Traveling In Santiago, Chile

A whole new world, here are my five “First Impressions” about Santiago, Chile.

French-born raised in Asia and Europe, I landed a few days ago in Santiago, Chile and gathered some of my first impressions to remember and share before they turn into habits.

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Number one : the mountains’welcome you to Santiago !

When descending towards Santiago, the first sight that caught my eyes were the Andes mountains above which the planes flew over before landing. What an incredible experience, both inspiring and thrilling: the majestic “Andes Cordillera” was right under the wings of the plane for a close encounter with its peaks, aligned like a welcoming committee in white uniform, towering above the city. The fun fact is that people from Santiago know which direction to take based on this landmark, their compass pointing to the East. However, I still have an unsolved question: how do they know the direction when there is fog? Things that make you go, hmmmmmm.

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Number two : upside down!

Flying from France to Chile, I knew I would switch from the North Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere, and that everything would be upside down. However, actually experiencing both Summer and then Winter within a 15 hours time gap made me realize, all at once, that a new adventure was indeed about to begin!  It is winter now in Chile and though the average temperature is not too cold in Santiago, it makes me think about the name “Chile” – whose origin is not definite – though it most likely came from a native Indian word sounding like “Chilli”, adopted by the Spanish, and for which I found in one source the meaning of “snow” or “very cold” (but it could also be “where the land ends”). Hopefully, Spring and Summer will nonetheless follow!

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Number three : a strange connection !

On my first day, a clear day, I went up Santiago Sky Costanera to get a 360º degrees view over the city, admiring its density and the nature all around. Then, walking through the city for the first time, discovering one area and then another, the architecture, the vibe, I experienced both differences and similarities to my familiar European and Asian surroundings. Surprisingly, although very different, Santiago reminded me of Hong Kong and South East Asia. Eventually, I realized it may be because of the people’s extreme friendliness, always willing to help you if you are lost and need help. The funny thing, is that Hong Kong is actually on the opposite side of the world from Santiago when going through the epicenter. Who knows, I may have felt some hidden link stretching between these two cities!

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Number four : like “canned sardines” in the underground!

Moving around and using the Santiago Subway has been a memorable new experience for me. Whereas I am used to large crowds in the metro during peak hours, Santiago has brought it to a whole new level. In order to adapt, it has to be understood that anybody willing to get into the train during peak hours, has to fight for it: it does not matter what age or condition you are, the local way prevails and nobody will think twice about squashing everybody else. With French irony, every time I get in, I feel like singing as loud as I can “Les Sardines” (“Sardines”, a French song by Patrick Sébastien) about poor sardines which do not have space in their tin. Watch out for the crazy French girl, I might vent one of these days!

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Number five : la idioma !

As a European, I have learned and practice the “Spanish from Spain”, being quite proud at the way I have been able to adopt some local Spanish expressions like “vale” (ok) – that I was used to using more frequently:). Except now in Chile, people would rather use “ya” or “bueno” – as expressions. In addition to the accent, this is just an example among so many that, although people understand me and though it might be an over-statement, it looks like I have to learn a whole new language especially as some words have a completely different meaning. The point is, that I do not want to be rude or funny unknowingly, so I do my best to learn the local slang and blend in like a local!

These are just a few bits and pieces of my beginning adventures in Chile, as I haven’t been here that long. What I can say though, is that I have already come to love the city and what it has to offer. I would therefore like to conclude with just one piece of advice for the new travelers: take it all in, let the city in and you may end up having the experience of a lifetime!

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Visiting The Famous Cueva del Milodón in Torres Del Paine

When you go on an excursion to Torres Del Paine, you’ll have the chance to visit Cueva del Milodón, a natural monument near Puerto Natales that was under water years and years ago. Read my article on my trip to Torres Del Paine if you haven’t already:)! The natural monument is quite big with miradors, rocks, tunnels and various caves – big and small. Here’s a great map of the area if you want to check it out. Since there are a lot of points of attractions in this area, I’m only going to talk about a few.

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First of all, what interested me when I visited this monument was a rock called “Silla del Diablo.” There are many stories to why they called this rock the devil. To me, I believe that it is because of its strange power to resist erosion and especially after all of the natural events that have happened to the area. Imagine, this area was covered by water and ice for over 800 million years! Throughout the years, the ice eroded the rocks and hills, carving the shape of this valley through its path. When you visit this rock, you can see that it was split in half! But even until today, this particular half of the rock still remains strong and steady. A lot of people also say that if you look carefully enough, you can see the face of the devil carved somewhere on the rock! Visit the place and check it out yourself!

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In this area, archaeologists have also found signs of both humans and animals’ habitats! There are several miradors in this area, but when you walk up to the mirador of Seno Última Esperanza, you can see signs of 3 vegetation zones that used to exist: forest, bush, and prairie. Forest is self-explanatory but the bush came from forest logging and the prairie came from when the inhabitants removed the vegetation area to introduce new grasses to feed their cattle. I learned a lot from this visit and it was really interesting to see the natural changes and different habitats of both humans and animals that took place in the area. The view on this mirador, as well as the others were also incredible sights that you wouldn’t want to miss!

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Last but not least, if there’s one thing to learn from my visit to Cueva del Milodón, is that a bunch of animals used to live here!!  Archaeologists have found fossils of animals such as tigers, panthers, horses and macrauchenia. But the most famous animal to be found here, is from an extinct ground sloth called Mylodon – that lived in the area 10,000 years ago! In the area, there’s a big cave with a statue of what looks like a bear, but it’s actually a statue of this extinct ground sloth. Who knew sloths came from these giant bear-looking creatures?!  Evolution is incredible and amazes me every day! A lot of the fossils they found of this giant sloth are currently displayed in museums across the world; but some are still kept in the cave for visitors to see. Apparently, when they were alive, mylodon moved very slowly. They were herbivores so they probably weren’t a threat. But their large size and powerful claws definitely made them seem scary. Their fossils were only found in Patagonia in Chile and Argentina, which made them extremely unique to this region!

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Overall, I very much enjoyed my visit to Cueva del Milodón. I learned a lot of new things and got the chance to enjoy some gorgeous landscapes; it was definitely worth the trip! A top recommendation while traveling in Chile!

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The Best Places To Try Pisco and Pisco Sours In Peru

When you visit Peru, there is one thing you must try… and that is Pisco with a capital P! In Peru, distillers take much pride in making pisco. Until today, pisco in Peru continues to be produced in copper pot stills instead of continuous stills. And unlike in other countries, they are never diluted after being distilled, rather they enter the bottles directly! It makes Peruvian piscos pure, strong, and a must try when you visit the country.

Here’s a list of the top 5 places where you must try pisco in Peru!

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Antigua Taberna Queirolo

Queirolo Bar, Lima

Queirolo Bar produces their own pisco! It’s a traditional restaurant that has been around for over 184 years. Here, you can not only enjoy homemade pisco but also local Argentinean dishes that compliment the piscos perfectly. And if you don’t like piscos, this restaurant also serves the best wines as well! The service and atmosphere are always good, which is a big plus.

Direction: San Martin 1090, Pueblo Libre, Lima
Telephone: +51 1 4600441

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Museo del Pisco

Museo del Pisco, Cusco

Another fantastic place to try pisco is, no other than, the Museum of Pisco – in Cusco! You can learn about the history of pisco, where it is made and how it is made. The museum will also teach you about the different styles of piscos (pisco puro, pisco mosto verde and pisco acholado) and the grapes varieties as well, the different aromatic grapes and non-aromatic grapes used to make pisco. What a better place to not only taste pisco but also learn about it as well! The restaurant at the museum has a whole menu with 6 pages of different types of piscos that you can try! This place is, no doubt, is a top recommendation!

Direction: Santa Catalina Ancha 398, Esquina con calle San Agustin Centro Historico, Cusco
Telephone: (+51) 84-262709

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Amaz Restaurante

Amaz, Lima

Amaz is a very unique and exquisite restaurant. The chefs here specialize in cooking with ingredients collected from the rainforest! Here, you can taste pisco sours made from juice of the araza, a native fruit that has the perfect level of tartness for the drink. The bartenders also add tropical fruit flavors into the drink, making it super unique and special, differing their pisco cocktails from other pisco sours that are  made with only lime juice. Everything about the pisco sour from Aamz is simply on point. This is definitely the legit place to go get a perfect pisco sour!

Direction: Av. La Paz 1079 Miraflores, Lima
Telephone: (01) 221 9393 / (01) 221 9880

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Huaringas Bar

Huaringas Bar, Lima

If you can’t make it to Amaz, then Huaringas Bar is another fabulous alternative. The bartenders at Huaringas  make their pisco sours with tropical fruits. Some top recommendations are the passion fruit pisco and another one called “brujo sour” which is made with coca leaves. Besides their great piscos, this restaurant is big and the atmosphere is also quite nice and fun. There is even live music during the weekends!

Direction: Ovalo Bolognesi 460, Miraflores, Lima
Telephone: +51 1 2438151

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Ayahuasca Bar

Ayahuasca Bar, Lima

Ayahuasca Bar is also another great place to enjoy and taste some amazing pisco sours! This restaurant serves 50 flavors of pisco sours so it’s definitely a must go! Another top reason to visit this restobar is its interior design and atmosphere! The restaurant is housed in a huge mansion with many floors and rooms filled with classy decorations. It is the perfect place to take your significant other out on a glamorous date or with friends  – to take beautiful pictures.

Direction: Avenida Prolongacion San Martin 130 Barranco
Telephone: +51 981 044 745

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The Correct Way To Taste Chilean Wines!

When you visit Chile, one thing that you must do is drink Chilean wines and visit a vineyard. Check out my article on one of Chile’s vineyards and my list of the top 5 vinobars that you must go to in Santiago to taste wine!

However, one thing I understand is that not everybody is a wine lover and/or that not everybody is a born wine expert. And so to help out, here is a guide that we found to help you learn how to correctly taste wine and enjoy it!

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