With almost 3000 miles of coastline, desert terrain in the north, lakes, volcanoes, and vineyards in the center, an ultra-modern capital of Santiago, and windswept crags along its southern shores, Chile is the perfect getaway for the most discerning adventurer. Sometimes, however, the greatest thrills of exploration, according to Vickie Lillo, fellow traveler and married to a Chilean National, are completely off the grid.
When Jody Hanson moved into an apartment in Portal Fernandez Concha in Santiago's historic Plaza de Armas, she realized that she would get an insider's view of Santiago that very few people ever get to see.
Volcano destroyed Chaiten speaks for itself. Thorny political problems still haunt the town. Peter Hubbard visits by bike, and while waiting for the ferry to Chiloé, explores the post-apocalyptic town.