Can’t wait to get to Chile? Before you leave, check out the advice, stories and tips I can offer after my March 2011 trip there, which saw me visit the capital city of Santiago, the coastal port of Valparaíso and the desert town of San Pedro de Atacama.

Central market in Santiago, Chile

Discovering Santiago’s Markets

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Two of Santiago’s markets in particular — the massive Mercado Central and La Vega fruit market — are particularly worth exploring.

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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If you don’t explore the otherworldly natural features that surround it, a trip to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile promises little more than a behavioral study of tourists in transit.

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Santiago's Bellavista Neighborhood

Santiago, Chile’s Neighborhoods

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A sprawling metropolis nestled between the Andes Mountains to the east and less than an hour from the Pacific Ocean which sits to its west, Santiago’s urban landscape is as diverse and grand in scale as the scenery that surrounds it.

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