Hidden Gem

A cursory glance over a map of southern Chile reveals an eon of tectonic violence where the Pacific meets the Andes. Over 5,000 islands and as many peaks, valleys and fjords condense in a beguiling labyrinth that beckons as much as it forbids. Oddly, its’ a place where mountains can be explored by sail, but…

A new year in Valparaíso

Hi guys here’s a quick summer fun snap I took on new year’s day 2011. This is of a friend of a friend, Camila, playing that weird seemingly pointless bat and ball game that Europeans and South Americans are crazy about. I’m sorry but how is it a game if nobody can win? …please someone…

Down and out in Puerto Montt

Hi guys, here’s another quick post from’ Puerto Montt in southern Chile. On top of the grimy, fishing port-city vibe that I discussed in the last post, Puerto Montt is also suffering from an economic slump as a result of a contagious disease outbreak in 2008 that devastated the formerly booming salmon farming industry. It…

Reading the abstract in Puerto Montt

Puerto Montt, capital of the Chilean Lakes district, is possibly the grimiest city I’ve ever visited. It is perpetually drizzling, blanketed with sea mist, the streets are lined with a kind of dirty, greasy residue and the smell of sea-decay blows in from the fishing port that dominates the city. Yet I dug the vibe,…

Hiking into Chile’s secret valley

This post comes to you from a fabled valley hidden deep in Chile’s Northern Patagonia. After a five-hour slog through dense temperate rainforest, contending with eight-foot mud trenches and precarious river crossings, my friend Romain and I arrived at an awe-inspiring Garden of Eden: Cochamó Valley. No car has ever penetrated this valley, no road…