I am a Russian-born freelance travel writer who contributes to Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Trailblazer guidebooks, and I also write articles for the Independent, Lonely Planet and Rough Guides websites, BBC Travel and more. I have a background in Latin American and Caribbean history, literature and culture, and have lived both in the Caribbean and Latin America. I'm also an incorrigible foodie and, as yet, have not come across a cuisine that I didn't like. I'm a versatile traveller, at home both in cities such as Hong Kong and going off the grid in Borneo, the Amazon and in Papua New Guinea.
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Santiago de Chile is nestled in a bowl-shaped valley between the Andes Mountains and the Cordillera de la Costa (Chilean Coastal Range). Hidden among its office blocks and skyscrapers are some unique boutique hotels noted for their imaginative design and architectural flair. Most offer personal service that sets them apart from the business hotels that comprise many of the city's accommodations.
Argentina is ripe for exploration. After you've seen the big cities and major highlights, get off the beaten path and explore its lesser-known yet equally interesting sights — from wildlife-rich wetlands and penguin colonies to giant salt flats and the remains of dinosaurs. Here are some suggestions on where to go when avoiding the crowds.
The mountains, forests, glacial lakes and pampas of Patagonia offer tremendous long-distance trekking opportunities. Both Chile and Argentina are represented here, as the treks sometimes meander over the border of these two countries. In addition, a number of trails in Chile’s national parks are part of the Sendero de Chile, a network of trails that spans the length of the country. Below are the best treks in both Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia.
Argentinian Patagonia is one of South America’s most pristine and splendid landscapes, its mountain ranges and glaciers reminding travelers of the most recent Ice Age. The vast stretches of pampas (steppe) hint at boundless adventure, while the country’s remote and scenic Ruta 40 is Argentina’s ultimate road trip.