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Is there a law which says if we want to be considered discerning travellers we should only eat what is considered ‘local food’ whenever we visit a destination?

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Patricio is owner of Posada Quelat, a series of wooden cabins dotted around a garden of Eden with gunnera’s so huge I could have used one as a hammock.

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Almost two hours into our voyage, I notice what looks like an iceberg floating off the starboard bow in the distance. Before long, the sea has become more iceberg than open water, a floating gallery of fantastical shapes…

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It’s unlikely the Carretera Austral will test my map reading skills. Only one road comes into Coyhaique on one side of the town and only one leaves on the other.

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24 hours in Santiago, Chile

On January 5, 2017 By

Santiago oozes cosmopolitan. Unmistakably South American but with a distinctly European side, it instantly feels familiar.

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The simple wooden crosses, barely visible within the dense undergrowth, are now the destination for tourist boat excursions and a morbid reminder of the price paid to establish an outpost in this remote and inhospitable region of southern Chile…

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We’ve lost count of the kilometres we’ve notched up walking through landscapes where nature has done its best to compensate for a year which, in world terms, has seemed a bit of a mess.

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Whenever we travel anywhere I always have a tick list of the local dishes I want to get my teeth into. Within a few hours of strolling the hot, busy and gritty but artistic streets of Chile’s capital, Santiago, we’d notched up four Chilean culinary classics on my list.

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