Joanne Castillo

Festival del Huevo Azul (Festival of the Blue Egg): Chilean culinary heritage

Interested in tasting Chilean culinary heritage? Why not participate in the  Festival del Huevo Azul an event that brings together visitors and the indigenous communities that seek to exhibit and protect this precious culinary heritage. The festival is held annually in the town of Río Negro, in the Osorno district. It is part of a Chilean Government project which aims to preserve the genes of the Mapuche chicken, which stands out amongst almost all other specimens by laying blue eggs. The festival stands out because during the event the world’s largest omelet is prepared with over 2,000 of these rare and exotic blue eggs. Prior to this an indigenous ceremony of praying and biodiversity protection is performed, accompanied by popular music.

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Happy Easter!

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Why is travel insurance important?

 

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died yesterday, March 5, 2013. If you are traveling through Venezuela right now your trip/itinerary will probably be affected. This is just one of many reasons why it is important to purchase travel insurance before traveling. It will protect you against the unexpected.

Reasons to buy travel insurance
1. Your flight has been cancelled.
2. Your bags are lost and your medication is in it. You need to have an emergency prescription filled.
3. Your passport and wallet are stolen, and you need emergency cash and a replacement passport.
4. You’re involved in an accident and adequate medical treatment is not available. You need medical evacuation.
5. You need to cancel your trip due to illness.
6. Your cruise line, airline or tour operator goes bankrupt. You need your non-refundable expenses covered and to get to your destination.
7. You have a medical emergency in a foreign country.
8. A terrorist incident occurs in the city where you’re planning to visit and you want to cancel your trip.
9. A hurricane forces you to evacuate your resort, hotel or cruise.

For those looking for good insurance companies I recommend this article: Frommers.com’s Top 8 Travel Insurance Providers. It gives you great tips on how to pick the best policy.  We recommend (and use) the The Travel Insurance Center.

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How to pack a suitcase

Ever wonder how to pack a suitcase like a pro? In article from Real Simple magazine experts reveal their trusted, time-honored solutions. Try out these tips on your next vacation and let me know what you think. You can also check-out more travel tips on the TIC Pinterest page.

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New York Times features Torres del Paine National Park

The New York Times once again turns its attention to Chile’s tourist destinations. January 16th marks the 50th anniversary of the e legendary Torres del Paine! The 242-hectare park was created in May 1959 and is part of the National System of Protected Areas of the State of Chile. In 1978 it was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

If you travel to Torres del Paine we recommend doing the famous ‘W’ trek – chosen by Lonely Planet magazine as the best multi-day tour in the world, thanks to its spectacular views and for being one of the best ways to discover Chilean Patagonia.

The newspaper published an extensive report on the national park entitled: “Chilean Patagonia’s Peaks, Up Close“. Click-on the links to read more!

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A promising multigenerational travel…

I wanted to share a great article I read today on PANK “professional aunt with no kids”. The article is about how career women who don’t have children of their own but who love to travel enjoy sharing the experience with young relatives or acquaintances.

Can’t wait to organize a trip to South America for such great and inspiring women!

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New Online Reciprocity Fee Procedure in Argentina

For those traveling to Argentina, please take note that Argentina has recently changed the procedure for paying reciprocity fees for entry into Argentina.
Citizens of the United States of America,Canada, and Australia coming into Argentina from any entry point  (land, sea or plane) must now pay the reciprocity fee online at either migraciones.gov.ar or provinciapagos.com.ar.
United States: $160 (valid for 10 years)
Canada: $75 (valid for one single entry)
Australia: $100 (valid for a year — and multiple entries for that year)
Happy Travels!
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Happy New Year! May 2013 be a year full of learning, exciting travels and new discoveries

To all our wonderful followers, Happy New Year! Turpial Travel wishes you a year full of learning, exciting travels and new discoveries.

We wanted to start the year by sharing this wonderful article “5 Things That Really Smart People Do” which describes five ways to step aside and continue to increase your smarts. It recommends:

  1. Quieting Your Inner Voice

  2. Arguing With Yourself

  3. Acting Like You Are Curious

  4. Finding the Kernel of Truth

  5. Focusing on the Message Not the Messenger

How about applying these principles to your travel? It will keep you engaged, impressionable, relevant and constantly learning new things.  Do you think Albert Einstein would agree?

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Turpial Travel Holiday Greetings

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How about touring Poet Pablo Neruda’s homes in Chile?

Are you a fan of Poet Pablo Neruda? If you are in Chile, you should definitely take the time to visit his unique homes, which are open for tours. The homes reveal a man of surprising tastes and reflect on the country’s tumultuous past.  We recommend visiting his Isla Negra home as that is the final resting place of Neruda and his wife, whose graves face the sea. If you want to learn more, read this excellent article by the LA Times : http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-neruda-20110501,0,4236577.story

Isla Negra Home

La Sebastiana – Valparaiso

La Chascona – Santiago

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