Category Archives: Chile

Argentina + Chile: End of the Adventure

The end of the trip. Time to go home and see our desperately-missed families. In Ushuaia we met up with Nico and Denise, the couple from Austria that were to be the new owners of our truck and camper. SO MANY FEELINGS. While we were happy to have finished our trip, it was bittersweet to say goodbye to a vehicle that had safely and faithfully carried our small family 20,000 miles through two continents. We were also delighted for Nico

Argentina: Ushuaia and the End of the World

From Torres del Paine (Chile) we hit the road, spending a few very windy nights in Puerto Natales and continuing south towards Tierra del Fuego. I love that the Chileans have dubbed this lonely stretch of highway the “End of the World Road”. Fitting, yes? At Punta Delgada, we took the ferry across to Isla Grande Terra del Fuego. The route from Torres del Paine is mostly in Chile but dips into Argentina only after crossing the famed Strait of

Chile: Torres del Paine

We left behind El Calafate in Argentina and headed off to Chile for the Big Kahuna of Patagonia: Torres del Paine ( Pronunciation: Tor-rays del pine-ay) National Park. It’s a lonely drive, mostly populated by sheep. And this dude, who creeped us out.  We spent the night holed up in an abandoned police station, the only building for miles in either direction. Occasionally we’d look across the landscape to see we were being closely observed by the locals.  The border

Chile: Carretera Austral

South of the port city of Puerto Montt lies the famed Route 7, also known as the Carretera Austral. Construction of the Southern Highway began in 1976 at the behest of dictator Augosto Pinochet, who wanted to bring the isolated and far-flung communities under his control. Both the border delineation and the relationship with neighboring Argentina have always been a bit murky; importing additional people and supplies into the region was seen as a major show of force. Even today,

Chilean Christmas – Lakes District

The Lakes District of Chile is a land of blue waters, dark evergreen forests, and snow- capped volcanoes.      And delightfully funky birds. This is a black-faced ibis. It is also where Chris’ brother Greg and his wife Katherine were meeting us for Christmas and we were eagerly awaiting their arrival – we hadn’t seen anyone since October and everyone was getting slightly massively tired of each other. Long story short: we’d been talking up Auntie Katherine and Uncle Greg’s

Middle Peru: A Hidden Gem of a National Park

After a sad goodbye to Santiago, we headed south. We didn’t find many established campgrounds in this part of the country, instead spending nights at truck stops and gas stations, which is common for overlanders. Nobody slept well during those nights thanks to the loud highway noises, but the price was right. Truckstop breakfast. We headed back to the coast, spending three nice days in Pichilemu with weather that wasn’t hot but warm enough for some beach time. During the

Northern Chile: Miles of Sand and Fantastic Santiago

We’d had quite enough of high desert after the Lagunas Route in Bolivia so we didn’t tarry in San Pedro de Atacama, despite the fantastic number of activities and incredible landscapes in the surrounding areas. After our time trudging through the wilds of Bolivia, we found San Pedro to be an overwhelming (and expensive) tourist town. We ate gourmet pizza, washed our underwear in the hotel sink, and hit the road.  We didn’t make it far: we got a smokin’

Daily Life: Food

Life on the road often lacks the conveniences of home: we spend a great deal of time plotting our route, making sure we have gas in the car, accommodation for the night, and food in our bellies. When we’re not camping, we stay primarily in Airbnb apartments. Having a kitchen works well for us:  we can save money by cooking our own food, rather than eating in restaurants which tend to stretch both our budgets and patience as parents as

Long Overdue Update

Hello Dear Friends! Our apologies for the long blog silence. Except for a short stint in Cartagena and a trip to an Amazon jungle lodge, we’ve been out camping in the boonies with poor (if any) internet connections.    We have just entered Chile, after exploring Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. We will update more as we’re able, although in all honesty we’ve been a bit better on Instagram. That is us on Thanksgiving Day on the Salar de Uyuni,