Footprint Chile

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A  sliver of crazy geography at the edge of the world.  The driest desert, highest lake and largest non-polar icefield.  Salt flats peppered with flocks of flamingos,  The best sights. Walk tall in the Andes or dip a toe in the Pacific.  Star-gazing and skiing, seafood and vineyards. Where to eat , drink and sleep. Puzzling petroglyphs and mysterious moai…

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Overview

A  sliver of crazy geography at the edge of the world.  The driest desert, highest lake and largest non-polar icefield.  Salt flats peppered with flocks of flamingos,  The best sights. Walk tall in the Andes or dip a toe in the Pacific.  Star-gazing and skiing, seafood and vineyards. Where to eat , drink and sleep. Puzzling petroglyphs and mysterious moai…

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904777731
  • Publisher: Footprint Handbooks
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Footprint - Travel Guides Series
  • Edition description: Fifth
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Introducing
Highlights     2
A foot in the door     9
Essentials
Planning your trip     18
Where to go     18
When to go     20
Tour operators     20
Finding out more     24
Language     26
Disabled travellers     27
Gay and lesbian     27
Student travellers     27
Travelling with children     28
Women travellers     28
Working in Chile     29
Volunteering     29
Before you travel     30
Visas and immigration     30
What to take     32
Insurance     32
Money     33
Getting there     35
Air     35
Road and rail     38
Sea     38
Touching down     38
Airport information     39
Tourist information     39
Local customs and laws     40
Responsible tourism     41
Safety     42
Getting around     43
Air     44
Rail     44
Road     45
Sea     49
Maps     50
Sleeping     50
Eating and drinking     52
Entertainment     57
Festivals and events     58
Shopping     59
Sport and activities     59
Health     64
Keeping in touch     67
Santiago Region
Santiago     72
Ins and outs     72
History     72
Sights     77
Sleeping     88
Eating     91
Bars and clubs     94
Entertainment     95
Festivals and events     96
Shopping     97
Activities and tours     99
Transport     102
Directory     106
Around Santiago     110
Pomaire     110
Reserva Nacional Rio Clarilloy     110
Sanctuario de la Naturaleza Verba Loca     110
Maipo Valley vineyards     111
Cajon del Maipo     112
Ski resorts     113
From Santiago to Argentina     114
Listings     116
Valparaiso and Vina del Mar
Valparaiso     122
Sights     125
South of Valparaiso     129
East of Valparaiso     130
Listings     131
Vina del Mar and the coastal resorts     138
Vina del Mar     138
Resorts north of Vina del Mar     138
Listings     140
Resorts south of Valparaiso     141
Listings     148
From Santiago to La Serena
North of Santiago     152
Los Vilos     153
Illapel     153
Salamanca and around     154
North to Combarba     154
Listings     155
Limari Valley     157
Ovalle and around     157
Parque Nacional Fray Jorge     158
Along the Rio Limari     159
To Andacollo     160
Listings     160
Elqui Valley     163
La Serena     163
The observatories     166
Coquimbo and the coast     167
Upper Elqui Valley     169
North of La Serena     170
Listings     171
Into the Atacama
Huasco Valley     180
Vallenar     180
West of Vallenar     181
East of Vallenar      182
Listings     182
Copiapo Valley     184
Copiapo and around     184
East to Paso San Francisco     186
Caldera and around     187
Listings     188
Salado Valley     191
Chanaral     191
Parque Nacional Pan de Azucar     192
Towards El Salvador     192
Taltal     193
Listings     193
Antofagasta, Calama and San Pedro
Antofagasta and around     199
Listings     202
North of Antofagasta     206
Along the Pan-American Highway     206
Along the coastal road     206
Listings     208
Calama and around     209
Calama     210
Chuquicamata     210
North and east of Calama     211
Ollague     213
Into Bolivia     213
Listings     214
San Pedro de Atacama     218
Valle de la Luna     219
The geysers of El Tatio     220
South of San Pedro     221
Toconao and around     221
Around the Salar de Atacama     221
Argentine border crossings from San Pedro     223
Bolivian border crossings from San Pedro     224
Listings     225
Iquique, Arica and the far north
Iquique     233
Nitrate towns     236
South along the Pan-American Highway     237
Mamina     237
La Tirana     237
Matilla     238
Pica     238
From Iquique to the Bolivian border     239
North towards Arica     239
Listings     240
Arica and around     246
Valle de Azapa     247
Into Peru     249
Into Bolivia     249
Listings     251
Altiplano national parks     256
Parque Nacional Lauca     257
Reserva Nacional Las Vicunas     259
Monumento Natural Salar de Surire     259
Parque Nacional Volcan Isluga     259
Listings     260
The Central Valley
Rapel Valley     266
Rancagua     267
Around Rancagua     268
Heading west     268
Listings     270
Mataquito Valley     273
Curico     273
Around Curico      275
Listings     275
Maule Valley     277
Talca     277
East of Talca     278
South of Talca     279
West of Talca     279
Listings     282
Itata Valley     285
Chillan     285
Around Chillan     286
Listings     287
Biobio Valley     289
Concepcion and around     289
The coastal route south of Concepcion     292
Los Angeles     293
Listings     296
The Lake District
Temuco and around     306
Listings     311
Lago Villarrica and around     316
Pucon     317
East of Lago Villarrica     319
Listings     322
The Seven Lakes     330
Lago Calafquen     331
Lago Panguipulli     332
Lago Pirehueico     333
Listings     334
Valdivia and around     336
Along the Rio Valdivia     338
North of Valdivia     339
East of Valdivia     340
Listings     341
Osorno and around     345
East of Osorno      347
Listings     348
Lago Llanquihue     351
East of Puerto Octay     353
The western shore     353
Puerto Varas and around     354
Listings     356
Parque National Vicente Perez Resales and around     362
Lago Todos los Santos     363
The lakes route to Bariloche     364
Seno de Reloncavi     364
Listings     365
Puerto Montt     367
West of Puerto Montt     368
Sea routes south of Puerto Montt     368
Listings     370
Chiloe
Ancud and around     381
Ancud     381
East of Ancud     382
Pumillahue     383
Chepu and around     383
Listings     383
Towards Castro     386
Along the east coast     389
Castro     387
Listings     388
Chonchi to Quellon     392
Chonchi and around     392
The west coast     393
Quellon     393
Listings     394
Carretera Austral
Puerto Montt to Chaiten     402
South of Puerto Montt      402
Hornopiren and around     403
Parque Pumalin and around     404
Chaiten     405
Listings     406
Chaiten to Coyhaique     408
Towards Puerto Cardenas     408
Into Argentina via Futaleufu or Palena     409
Into Argentina via La Junta     410
Puyuhuapi and around     410
South of Rio Cisnes     410
Listings     411
Coyhaique and around     414
Coyhaique     415
Border crossings to Argentina     416
Puerto Aisen     416
Listings     417
Lago General Carrera     423
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo and around     423
The western shore     424
El Maiten and south     424
The southern shore of Lago General Carrera     425
Chile Chico and around     425
Reserva Nacional Lago Jeinemeni     425
Into Argentina     425
Listings     426
Cochrane and further south     428
Cochrane and around     429
Tortel to Villa O'Higgins     429
Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael      430
Listings     430
The Far South
Punta Arenas and around     437
Fuerte Bulnes and south     441
Reserva Forestal Laguna Parrillar     441
North of Punta Arenas     441
Listings     442
Puerto Natales and around     449
Parque Nacional Bernardo O'Higgins     451
Listings     451
Parque Nacional Torres del Paine     456
Trekking     458
Listings     462
Into Argentina     464
Argentine border     465
Rio Turbio     465
Towards El Calafate     465
El Calafate and around     466
Listings     467
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares     470
Lago Argentina     470
Cerro Fitzroy     472
Lago del Desierto     473
Listings     474
Tierra del Fuego
Chilean Tierra del Fuego     482
Porvenir and around     482
Isla Navarino     484
Listings     486
Argentine Tierra del Fuego     488
Rio Grande     488
Ushuaia     489
Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego      494
Listings     495
Chilean Pacific Islands
Islas Juan Fernandez     505
Listings     506
Rapa Nui (Easter Island)     507
Listings     512
Background
History     518
Modern Chile     531
Culture     535
Land and environment     551
Books     559
Footnotes
Basic Spanish     564
Glossary     570
Index     571
Map index     578
Map symbols     579
Major domestic air routes     580
Advertisers' index     581
Credits     582
About the author     583
Acknowledgements     584
Bibliography     585
Colour maps     597
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