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Chile is a country of remarkable contrast. Comprised of more than 5,000 islands and territories, including a very large chunk of Antarctica, its mainland stretches 2,700 miles long — roughly the distance from Los Angeles to New York — yet averages only 110 miles across, contained by two of the world’s most stunning features: the Andes and the Pacific Ocean.

Inside these natural contours, Chile’s poles vie for attention. In southern Patagonia, at the fringes of South America, an organic spectrum of color claims the earth — olive, brown, gray — cut by glaciers of electric blue and dark granite horns that shoot vertically from the ground into the sky. Northward, to the harsh and arid Atacama Desert, parts of which are so dry they’ve never recorded rainfall, orange dust becomes the common denominator, and salt flakes charged with lithium cast brilliant pastels upon mountains millions of years old. On the off year it does rain, thousands of acres are suddenly swallowed up by purple and pink flowers.

Chile’s people, too, tend to oscillate between extremes. A young chef making cheese out of carrots. New World winemakers tapping energy from the soil. A historian brewing Old World beer. And a subculture of artists coating derelict cities in paint, trying to return their beauty. Their belief in Chile makes them one; their differences make them interesting.

For travelers, it’s these kinds of contrasts that convert places into destinations, and destinations into stories. So we packed our bags and flew south. Way south. To the edge of the world, where the mountains meet the sea. These are the tales from Tierra Pacifica. – Jack Seemer


Contents

Hiking to the Base of the Cuernos of Torres del Paine

Snowboarding in the Chilean Andes

From the Andes to the Ocean on a Motorcycle

Moon Walking in the Valle de la Muerte

Biking through the Garganta del Diablo Ravine

The Trend of Biodynamic Wines in Chile

Casa Cerveceria Altamira Wants to Change the Perception of Beer

A Simple Lunch with Chile’s Best Chef

72 Hours in Santiago de Chile

72 Hours in Valparaíso

A Paradise in Patagonia

A Historic Mansion Turned Boutique Hotel

Staying at La Casona at Matetic Vineyards

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge, Chile

A Playlist from the Editor in Chief of Chile’s Oldest Extreme Sports Magazine

Eating at Santiago’s Legendary Lunch Haunt

For the Best View in Valparaíso, Just Take the Elevator

Stunning Hasselblad Photography of Chile’s Landscape

The Nighttime View from Alto Atacama

7 Handcrafted Souvenirs From Chile

A New Graffiti Capital of the World

Testing the Boreas Aperture Bag

Making a Rica-Rica Picso Sour from the Alto Atacama

How to Tie a Poncho like a Guacho

Quasar Adventures, Your Ticket to the Heart of Patagonia

Sandboarding on the Dunes of the Desert

Frames from the Field


A Small Preview of What’s to Come


Stories


Tales of Culture and Adventure



Puma Tracking in the Heart of Patagonia
Read the Story



Horseback riding in Patagonia
Experience it with Quasar Expeditions



Pairing Music and Sports with Chile’s ‘Demolición’ Magazine
Read the Story



How to Tie a Poncho like a Gaucho
Read the Guide



The Chilean Pisco Sour with a Desert Twist
Read the Guide



Cultivating Biodynamics in Chilean Wine Country
Read the Feature



Snapshots from the Atacama Desert


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Stargazing in Atacama



Sandboarding Is Harder Than It Looks
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Baptism by Fire in Garganta del Diablo Ravine
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Midnight Hiking in the Atacama Desert
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Postcard: Chile’s Most Famous Sandwich
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7 Handcrafted Souvenirs From Chile
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A Stay at the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge
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For the Best of Chilean Wine Country, Go to La Casona
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The Aubrey Hotel Blends Modern Design with Santiago’s Historic Past
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An Interstellar View from the Atacama Desert
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Capturing Chile’s Stunning Landscape from Above
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Casa Cerveceria Altamira Wants to Change the Perception of Chilean Beer
Read the Feature



Photo Essay: A Graffiti Tour of Valparaíso, Chile
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A Modular, Pro-Level Camera Bag that Delivers
Read the Review



Soul Food Sampling with Chile’s Top Chef
Read the Story



Snowboarding in the Chilean Andes
Read the Feature



72 Hours in Valparaíso, Chile
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72 Hours in Santiago
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A Paradise in Patagonia
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The Elevators of Valparaíso
Read the Story



Riding from the Andes to the Ocean
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Hiking to the Base of the Cuernos of Torres del Paine
Read the Feature



The Roaming Cadre
Producer: Jack Seemer
Writers: Jack Seemer, Chris Wright, Bryan Campbell, Sung Han, Christina Erb, Tucker Bowe
Photography: Bryan Campbell, Sung Han, Jack Seemer
Designer: Henry Phillips