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Trip Report Trip Report Chile (and a bit of Argentina)

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We got back a few weeks ago from a little over a month in Chile. We spent time in Santiago area, Lakes District around Puerto Varas and Chiloe, and Patagonia (both Chilean and Argentinian sides).

We blogged the whole trip, starting here:
http://tiyulon.blogspot.com/2010/12/santiago-day-1-and-2.html

But in a nutshell, here are my personal overall impressions:
* The country is very developed and modern, especially Santiago, the capital.
* The food is nothing special and I didn't really care for it.
* The main tourist attractions are really far away from one another, which made for lots of travel.
* It was expensive, even compared to the US, and especially compared to Latin America.
*Nevertheless, it was a great trip and we really enjoyed the outdoor activities we did.

And about the different locations:
In Santiago, my favorite area was Providencia.
In the Lakes District, my favorite town was Frutillar, but my favorite day was our boat trip on Lago Todos Los Santos.
I found Chiloe boring, and would skip it, apart from the awesome penguins.
In Patagonia, my favorite attraction was the Perito Moreno Glacier, with a close second to El Chalten for it's amazingly calm aura.

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