Delayed flights, stopovers, or just long flights can drive you insane if you don’t prepare ahead of time. Last time I traveled, I left Chile thinking that I would be home in 12 hours and instead it turned into 22 hours. Here are a few tips on how to make long flights easier…
Mendoza is the closest Argentinean city to Valparaíso, so you will find that many Chileans have visited the city a time or two. You will also find that it is the best city to go to in the case that the bohemian vibe of Valpo draws you in and makes you want to stay in Chile for longer. It’s known for its wineries, charming streets, and mountains and it is a favorite city of mine. Here is a list of what to do in Mendoza, Argentina if you ever happen to find yourself there.
I lived in Chile for a good 2 years & have been back with my Chilean visiting over the years for almost 7. Over the years, I quickly sorted out the tourist traps & where the locals/my chilean friends go and where to have the best time. Whether it be dancing on a roof with a view of the ocean or free activities, I got you covered. Below are, in my opinion of course, the top things to do in Valparaíso.
Last year I had the opportunity to do a project for the amazing department I interned with at the United Nations. It was to emulate Humans Of New York, but in a way that centered around the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). The SDGs are the global goals that were decided at the UN Summit in 2015. I was traveling in Chile at the time and had the privilege of interviewing (& photographing along with Karin Castro) local Chileans for the Humans Of My World project to see which SDG they prioritized most for their country. Here were their responses:
Viña del Mar is one of South America’s top vacation spots. Between the Festival de Viña del Mar (the one that launched Shakira into the spotlight), people trying to escape Santiago, and the Argentinians that come for the beaches & cheaper economy, the city gets packed. I lived with my Chilean in Viña del Mar for a few years and I don’t think we went to a local beach once. Instead, we went to beaches close-by, like the beautiful fishing village of Quintay…
It was awhile back when I had the usual travel bug but wanted a trip of solitude for once. I had seen Iceland around in social media and had been wanting to visit a more gender equal country after living in South America for so long. I was offered a place to stay in Stockholm through a family friend and thus decided to make stop through Iceland after Stockholm. Iceland is the perfect place to stand in awe and silence & evaluate where you are in life, and that’s exactly what I did. I burned 5 different cds with the likes of First Aid Kit, Paul Simon, & Jose Gonzalez and set out in my rental to explore this country and do some soul searching.
Everyone’s take on New York City is different and I think that’s what’s most fun about it- hearing everyone’s favorites and perspectives on this amazing city. I lived in NYC for awhile and I’m planning a short stay there again this summer, so I thought I would give my perspective on what would make for my perfect 48 hours in the city.
I’ve spent a lot of time in Valparaíso, Chile. I lived there for almost 3 years and have been back and forth over the past 7 years with my Chilean partner. It first attracted me with its bohemian style and eventually became my second home. Here are my top places to go in Valparaíso to enjoy the beautiful views this city offers: