Curiosities

Santiago Metro: An underground museum

If you are visiting Santiago, the Chilean capital, take sometime to use it’s underground metro.  The Chilean government implemented the MetroArte project which consists of 33 art pieces spread over different terminals. Through them the Santiago Metro has acquired its own identity which in turn has earned a spot in the Lonely Planet (placing the Universidad de Chile Metro station as one of ten ‘must see’ stations to visit in the world). The Universidad de Chile station is an authentic museum which gives the feeling of being in an art gallery with works of different styles, from Soviet art to murals. The “Memoria Visual de una nación” mural is the work of national artist Mario Toral and reviews the history of Chile. In addition to the Universidad de Chile station, stop by the Santa Lucia station which features traditional Portuguese mosaics as well as The Parque Bustamante station which features the “Vida y Trabajo” (Life and Work) mural by renowned Chilean artist Alejandro González.

Source: Turismo Chile Newsletter.

 

 

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New specie discovered in Venezuela by a BBC team

New species were discovered in a cave system of a remote Venezuelan table-top mountain in the Gran Sabana region which included a swimming cave cricket, a no-eyed harvestman and a cave catfish.  Although members of the BBC team believe that they are new species, the three creatures have not been formally described.

To read more on this story in English click on the following link: ‘New’ swimming cave cricket species filmed

To read more on this story in Spanish click on the following link: Equipo de la BBC descubre “nuevas especies” en Venezuela

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Travel tips: essential gear for camping and hiking

Getting ready for your next camping and/or hiking adventure? The Lonely Planet published an article on essential travel gear for camping and hiking.  For those who enjoy the outdoor adventures, I thought this article would be interesting to read. Enjoy!

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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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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 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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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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Dreamliner Makes Its Debut in Chile!

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, the lighter, more-fuel efficient and purportedly more comfortable aircraft that has forged fans of hopeful fliers, recently made its American debut with the Chilean carrier LAN Airlines. You can read more at: http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/13/dreamliner-makes-its-debut-in-chile/?ref=travel

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Multigenerational travel

According to the Wall Street Journal article “Next: The New Retirement”, when it comes to vacations, the baby boomers new priority is “togetherness”.

“As the boomers head into retirement, they’ve got the time and money to indulge their desire to travel—and they’re choosing to take those trips with their kids and grandkids. For most families, the goal is simple: to have fun  and see this as an investment in creating memories. So the trips can get elaborate, everything from safaris in Africa to hikes along the Great Wall in China to tours of castles in Europe. Especially popular are cruises, resorts and tours with all-inclusive prices, children’s programs and the flexibility to do things together as well as apart. Some tour companies even have units that cater exclusively to families and multigenerational groups. Because these trips require coordinating disparate schedules, preferences and budgets, planning ahead is key.”

Author: Ms. Tergesen is a Wall Street Journal staff reporter in New York.

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