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Chile Travels 2

Michael Aleman, PUC Exchange, Fall 2012

The following are pictures from a few different trips I made during the semester.

La Ligua
This is a small town located 160km northwest of Santiago, known for its textiles and sweets. Lush green hills surround the town and make for great sightseeing if you decide to climb some of them. Friendly people, lower prices (somewhat) than Santiago, and most importantly no smog!


Valle Nevado
During the first month of my stay in Chile, I went skiing at Valle Nevado, a ski mountain renowned as one of the finest in the Santiago area. Despite it being near the end of the season, the snow was still pretty good and felt the consequences of not skiing for a few years.

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Located approximately 85 km to the south of Santiago between the Andes and Cerro Cantillana. I only spent a couple hours here before I had to leave, but it was a welcome respite from the city. The plaza was definitely one of the more beautiful ones I’ve seen in Chile.

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Some more shots of Santiago over the course of the semester. Some of the images were taken during the week leading up to the Chilean Independence Day (September 18th), while others were taken while exploring the city.

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Puerto Natales

Located at the southern end of Chile (about 700 miles away from some islands of Antarctica), this touristic town is a launching pad for hikers on their way to Torres del Paine National Park or to tour the fjords or glaciers that the area is known for. The town itself has two distinct sections: the plaza and the few blocks around it where most tourist accommodations and gear stores are located, and the residential area where the actual townsfolk live. I spent most of my time in the residential section as the hostel I stayed at was located here.

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