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Popular Viña del Mar Attractions

Chile is a beautiful country with many cities close to the Pacific ocean. Viña De Mar is one such city. The translation of the name Viña de Mar means vineyard by the sea. You will understand why once you notice the popular Viña del Mar attractions that draw tourists from around the world. There are […]

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Posted April 3, 2013 in Ask Pepe, Destinations | 2 Comments »

Chilean Regions – What are all these numbers about?

Chile is divided into 15 political regions. These Chilean regions, known as regiones, are similar to states in the United States or provinces in many countries around the world. Each of Chile’s regions is known by both a Roman numeral and a name. However, Chileans typically refer to the regions by just the number. This […]

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Posted February 22, 2012 in Ask Pepe, Travel Tips | 1 Comment »

How much do you tip a waiter in Chile?

If you go to any restaurant in Chile, you’ll need to answer the question: “how much should I tip the waiter?” Regardless of the standard in your home country, the accepted norm for waiter tips in Chile is 10%. In fact, the bill you get will often suggest the tip or propina of 10%. The […]

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Posted November 2, 2011 in Ask Pepe, Travel Tips | 4 Comments »

Why Chile is Home to the World’s Largest Telescopes

The deserts and clear skies of northern Chile offer a nearly perfect environment for year-round star gazing. The Atacama desert and the dry northern regions of Chile average over 320 clear nights every year. Additionally, the area has extremely low humidity, allowing telescopes to see clearly though the atmosphere. In fact, the European Southern Observatory […]

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Posted July 14, 2010 in Ask Pepe, Destinations | Add Your Comment »

How bad is the smog in Santiago?

Chile’s capital city, Santiago, is well known for smog. Why is Santiago so plagued by smog? It is Chile’s largest city with the accompanying industry and transportation-related air pollution. This pollution is made worse by the inversion created since Santiago sits in a valley between the Andes and the coastal mountain range. Picture by Armando […]

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Posted June 9, 2010 in Ask Pepe, Destinations | 1 Comment »

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