Feb 20, 2017

COLORS OF SANTIAGO

VIBRANCY AWAITS
Shirt and handbag from a street fair in Santiago, AEO shorts, Steve Madden sandals
We stopped in Santiago which is the capital of Chile for 2-days after our Patagonia excursion. I didn't know what to expect since I did seldom research but I fell in love with Santiago and felt the most at home here out of all places in South America. The differing neighborhoods, vibrancy, and streets filled with art and culture reminded me a lot of San Francisco. One of the first things we did was stop by Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia to buy souvenirs, which was such a fun market to explore. I also ended up getting this top for 9,000 Chilean pesos ($14 USD) and a purse for 19,000 pesos ($30 USD). Some other favorite activities consisted of visiting Cerro San Cristóbal which is a steep hill you walk up to see the cityscape, going to the Metropolitan Cathedral, and walking around Lastarria which is the area we stayed in. We stayed in Hotel Ismael 312 which had a cozier room but the overall hotel was super hip and the location was walking distance to so many great places. Overall, Santiago was such a vibrant city and left me with a great impression of city-life in Chile. 

Feb 8, 2017

PATAGONIA ADVENTURES

 CROSSING BORDERS FROM ARGENTINA TO CHILE
The North Face hyperair GTX rain jacket, Under Armour cold gear long sleeve shirt, Girlfriend Collective leggings, Nike flyknit running shoes, Ray-Ban aviators
If you're into nature and adventure, Patagonia is a must-do. Patagonia is a huge region (402,700 mi²) that crosses through the south of Argentina and Chile with the Andes Mountains dividing the border. Due to the scale of Patagonia you can experience it in so many different ways. Josh and I only had 4-days to explore Patagonia so decided with the stop-and-go route rather than the week long hike. We planned everything independently of each other and created our own itinerary to do all the activities we wanted to do. Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres Del Paine were high priority items on our list. Planning Patagonia wasn't easy, so I'd love to share my itinerary with you along with some tips. See below to see it all. 

Feb 6, 2017

JUST ARRIVED IN PATAGONIA

EL CALAFATE
Lucca Couture ruffle off the shoulder blouse, vintage earrings from Austin, American Eagle shorts, Apple Watch stainless steel with pink leather buckle
Patagonia is breathtaking and nothing like I could have ever imagined. Seeing pictures of it is one thing, but being situated there is another. Josh and I started our Patagonia adventure in El Calafate which is a small town on the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. We stayed at Design Suites Calafate which was one of the nicer hotels here, yet still affordable. Getting here was quite the journey since the suite was located on the outskirts of town with nothing but dirt and land around it. We also had a crazy cab driver driving 90mph over dirt roads, cutting other drivers off, and the rickety car didn't help either. Regardless, once we got to our destination we were in complete awe and soaking it all in. I would definitely recommend staying here if you travel to El Calafate as the view is priceless. See below for more pictures taken at our beautiful suite.