Chile Adventures, 2011, This is a two minute clip of a 48 minute video I took of my travels throughout Chile.
I began my visit to Chile, by staying in Santiago at the Plaza de Armas Hostel. This plaza is ringed by several beautiful buildings including the Post Office, Museum, City Hall, Metropolitan Church and the Hostel building.
From there it was easy to visit the various other tourist sites and experience major events which occurred daily ranging from protests to entertainment. Some included: protests and street theater against the antiterrorist laws, Chilean pop star singer, music and dance performances, comedy shows, mimes, and street preachers and other religious events.
It was then on to the altiplano deserts of San Pedro de Atacama on a 12 hour night bus to experience some amazing natural sites such as the Geysers del Tatio, Valle de la Luna and the Lagunas Altiplanos with the flamingos and elusive vicuna.
Another night bus ride got me to Pucon, in the lush La Araucania region which is a world class adventure sports destination for adrenaline junkies. I decided it would be fun to climb. I also took the zip line tour which gave us 10 exciting runs flying through trees and across a river.
After that it was on to Valdivia where I enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Rio Valdivia to the Pacific Ocean and the old Spanish forts. There were many interesting attractions including a waterfront market with lots of sea lions feeding off the castoffs from the fishmongers.
I then traveled to the Patagonia regions with a visit to Puerto Varas before boarding the Navimag cruise ship at Puerto Montt for a four day journey through the Chilean Patagonia Archipelago.
After getting outfitted with a sleeping bag in Puerto Natales, I headed off to the Torres del Paine National Park to hike the “W” circuit named after the W shape on the map of the Park. I hiked the ‘W” circuit from West to East and stayed overnight at Refugio Grey, Refugio Cuernos and the Hotel Torres del Paine. Major sites along the way was the Grey Glacier, Valle de Frances, and the Mirador del Torres. This 77 km trek included heavy rain storms and hurricane force winds with some spectacular sun breaks that highlighted the beauty of this park.
Leaving the Torres del Paine Park, I headed to Punta Arenas, flew back to Santiago, and took a short bus ride on to Valparaiso which is one of my favorite places in Chile with its steep streets and clustered housing. I loved the graffiti that decorated the walls throughout the city.
This video is 48 minutes long. The video camera must have been damaged because all of the video clips are out of focus, and the only clear portions of this video are the still photos I have inserted into the video. While traveling I did not realize the problem because when I replayed the video and looked through the LCD camera screen the pictures were sharp and in focus. Despite this problem, the video does accurately capture my travels.
Rick Hunt filmed this April 2011. For more travel pictures go to https://sites.google.com/site/huntforvideos