Accommodation: Castillo Surfista Hostel

Accommodation: Castillo Surfista Hostel

Hostel:  Castillo Surfista Hostel Castillo Surfista is owned and operated by Californian surf guru, Jonathan. Having lived in Chile for several years, Jonathan managed to fulfil a dream and open his hostel in early 2012. While it’s open to everyone, if you’re a keen...
Accommodation: La Casa Roja

Accommodation: La Casa Roja

Hostel: La Casa Roja     La Casa Roja is a bright and bubbly hostel, located in a calm and elegantly restored mansion in Santiago Centro. Originally built in the early 1900s, the building was taken on while in a pretty poor state. It was then tirelessy restored...
Accommodation: Don Santiago Hostel

Accommodation: Don Santiago Hostel

Hostel:  Don Santiago Hostel Don Santiago Hostel is currently (as of February 2013) rated #1 on TripAdvisor in the “Specialty Lodging” category. It has been open since 2009 and is owned and managed by local Santiago brothers. If you’re into art, design and...
Accommodation: Santiago Backpackers

Accommodation: Santiago Backpackers

Hostel:  Santiago Backpackers Santiago Backpackers is a fairly new establishment, owned and managed by a duo of local Santiago brothers. After a lot of time and effort was invested in renovating a gorgeous old Santiaguino house, it was opened as a hostel in 2011....
Pachamama… Explore Chile by Bus!

Pachamama… Explore Chile by Bus!

For a country-wide hop-on, hop-off bus service, see Pachamama. Named after a goddess of the Andes, this company offers an alternative to often expensive plane tickets, frighteningly-long bus trips or perhaps the intimidating option of hiring a car. Facilitating...
Iquique and Humberstone: Explore Northern Chile

Iquique and Humberstone: Explore Northern Chile

Iquique and Humberstone are two great options to add to your trip to Northern Chile! Pronounced “Ee-kee-keh”, Iquique is one of the northernmost cities in Chile, topped only by Arica. It’s a port town, with popular beaches and set at the base of enormous sandhills....
Beaches of Chile’s Central Coast: Zapallar and Cachagua

Beaches of Chile’s Central Coast: Zapallar and Cachagua

As an Australian, I have grown up with amazingly beautiful beaches within minutes from home. I’m thoroughly spoilt and am quite picky when it comes to choosing sea-sand-surf that is up to standard. It is understandably a bit difficult living in a city that does...
Car Hire in Santiago

Car Hire in Santiago

Updated October 2015 As with all major cities around the world, car hire is readily available in Santiago. While you don’t really need a car if you’re visiting Santiago, it’s an excellent way to get out of the city and explore (without having to rely...
Attention Santiago Tourists! We Want Your Reviews!

Attention Santiago Tourists! We Want Your Reviews!

Attention Santiago Tourists! We want your reviews! We often get asked for advice on where to stay in Santiago… But since we live here and don’t stay in the hostels or hotels, we need your help! We are now going to be working to put together an...
SERNATUR – Chile’s National Tourism Service

SERNATUR – Chile’s National Tourism Service

“SERNATUR” is the abbreviation for the Servicio Nacional de Turism (National Tourism Service). This is a government department dedicated to the promotion and strengthening of tourism in Chile. For visitors, it’s a total goldmine of information. I...