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Just Back: Santiago, Chile

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National Geographic Traveler associate editor Susan O’Keefe always thought of Santiago, Chile, as a prelude to skiing in the Andes or hiking through Patagonia. But on a recent trip she was taken in by the city’s grand colonial architecture, wide boulevards, and charming neighborhoods. Here are some of the high points of Susan’s trip, in her own words.

Out of the Ashes: Valparaíso

Though just 70 miles south of Chile’s capital, Santiago, Valparaíso is a destination in its own right. The port city’s economy may not be what it was, but the vibrant culture you’ll find there remains, despite a flagging maritime trade and earthquakes that have shaken it to its core. As the city and its people rebuild and heal after a catastrophic fire claimed homes and lives, there has never been a better time to visit. Here’s why.

An Expat’s Valparaíso

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The Chilean port city of Valparaíso was a correct answer in this year’s big GeoBee competition and, back in 2009, it showed up twice in our November/December issue: We ranked it respectably in our annual Places Rated assessment and we wandered its hilly streets with writer Andrew Evans in the issue’s On Foot section. While…

Strange Planet: Daredevil Bike Race

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Talk about an adrenalin rush. Our friends over at Gadling found this terrifying helmet-cam video of a racer participating in Chile’s annual downhill bicycle insanity, the Valparaiso Cerro Abajo Race. Watch this adventurous rider speed along narrow pathways, fly over treacherous jumps, and (around 36 seconds in) navigate past a dog that wanders onto the…