San Pedro de Atacama

High and dry

The Atacama desert is one of the driest places on Earth, second only to Antarctica. It also exists at an extremely high elevation (which is part of the reason for the minimal moisture). San Pedro de Atacama was suggested as one of the top places to visit in Chile. As with much of our trip, we didn't have much of a plan once we arrived. We found a quaint Airbnb the week before we were set to arrive. [Read More]

Santiago

"Sanhattan"

![](https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/hot-sauce-and-coffee/media/Santiago Park.jpg) We were very happy to be on our way to Santiago the day after the unsettling news on our last day in Valparaiso. Our friends were incredibly generous and lent us their apartment in the ritzy Las Condes neighborhood while they were out of town. After spending a week in slightly uncomfortable accommodations in Easter island, and then feeling unsafe in Valparaiso, we were incredibly happy to be in a place that was clean, comfortable, secure, etc. [Read More]

Valparaíso

The Colorful, Poetic Port City

Valparaiso is a port city about one and a half hour's drive from Santiago. It is a city known for it's colorful houses, cool graffiti artwork, and hills that will leave your legs feeling sore. UNESCO even labeled it a World Heritage site. ![](https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/hot-sauce-and-coffee/media/Ryan in Valparaiso.jpg) ![](https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/hot-sauce-and-coffee/media/Valparaiso graffiti.jpg) The city feels like the Latin version of San Francisco. Dotted along the hills, to help transport people up and down, are ascensores, or lifts. [Read More]

Easter Island

The Most Remote Inhabited Island in the World

![](https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/hot-sauce-and-coffee/media/Easter Island Beach Heads.jpg) Rapa Nui, the indigenous name of Easter Island, is a very peculiar place. Looking at a map, it is a tiny speck literally in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean in every direction. The only way to get there is by flying five hours either from Santiago or Tahiti. The island is famous for it's mysterious giant stone statues, called moai. [Read More]