Notes from the Road

Just Got Back ... Chile


Note's from the Road ... Chile style

Trip type: Outdoor adventure and research (the best part of the job)

Destination: Chile

Number of Days: 15

Best place to act like a local
Wander the Sunday morning at Bío Bío flea market in Santiago. Navigate the maze of antiques, look for rare books and eat empanadas. Need a wrench? You can get one of those, too. If it exists, you can buy it at Bío Bío.

Most other-worldly experience: Stargazing at 4am from the terrace of Tierra Atacama.  It's absolutely stunning.

Favourite hotel: Tierra Chiloé, a seaside hideaway among the picturesque fishing villages.

Best meal: Curanto, a traditional Chilean clambake where seafood, chicken, sausages, pork, vegetables and potato bread are layered over hot stones and covered with nalca leaves to trap steam.

Architectural fantasy: Tierra Patagonia, designed by Chilean architect Cazú Zegers to incorporate rather than fight against the strongest natural element of Torres del Paine National Park--wind.

Recommended hike: Cornesus Condoreras, a 6km hike up, across and down a prominent rock buttress. The reward?  Stunning views and, because of the high winds, the chance to see condors float up beside you.

Most other-worldly experience: Stargazing at 4am from the terrace of Tierra Atacama.  It's absolutely stunning.

What to pack:
For the desert: your hiking boots and sunglasses
For Chiloé: an appetite for unique indigenous culture, and seafood.  
For Patagonia: serious wind gear and a sense of adventure.

Want to go to Chile, email Jackie, she would love to elaborate on her trip.


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Prince Edward Island

We're in PEI on a research trip.

A great quick golf trip that includes red sand beaches (and bunkers), Lobster suppers and great golf courses.

Golfing in Prince Edward Island

Less than an hour from Charlottetown is Dundarave, which opened in the summer of 1999. Designed by the team of Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry on the shores of Brudenell River.

The name Dundarave came from Scotland and refers to the home estate of the area's first Scottish settlers.The course is slightly less than 7,300 yards from the back tees, and at sea level those are very long yards.

Tee box at #8 at Dundarave

Tee box at #8 at Dundarave