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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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Pack for a Purpose and put your luggage to work for a good cause

Interested in putting your luggage to work for a good cause? Why not positively impact communities in South America by bringing meaningful contributions to the destinations you visit?  All it takes is extra room in your luggage (2.27 kilograms) and a willingness to bring in what’s needed. PackForaPurpose.org. is a brilliant organization that pairs travelers with destinations that need supplies. “You can make a big impact on children around the world.”

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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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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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Chile: Our New Travel Destination

After traveling to Chile in April 2012, Turpial Travel is happy to announce the grand opening of its new destination! Please visit our website and check out our new tour packages at www.turpialtravel.com. The packages were handpicked and designed based on our experience while traveling through this magnificent country.

What does Chile have to offer? Amazing destinations such as:

  • Patagonia one of most famous regions of Chile. It offers dramatic landscapes that include dazzling explosion of islands, glaciers, icebergs and mountains. As the Lonely Planet states, “it is an ultimate outdoor cathedral”. In the northern part you find Parque Pumalin that offers sublime settings of waterfalls, turquoise lakes, hot springs, misty fjords, fern-choked trails and ancient forests. Laguna San Rafael is awe-inspiring as it is a national park that has one of the most magnificent glacier a million years in the making and melting steadily. What about traveling through a dusty wash-road to nowhere? Drive through Carretera Austral, a 1200 km romp through Andean backcountry dotted with parks and pioneer homesteads. Lastly, for a true Wild West experience, don’t forget to visit Palena, a true a sample of Patagonia’s cowboy country! Southern Patagonia hosts the incomparable Torres del Paine National Park.

  • Atacama Desert, specifically San Pedro de Atacama, a precordillera oasis village turned into a tourist boomtown. Its popularity stems from its position in the heart of some of northern Chile’s most spectacular scenery.

  • Easter Island famous for its Moai statues which are symbols of what was and what was lost and Robinson Crusoue Island (Juan Fernández archipelago), a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve declared a national park in 1935 and once an anonymous waypoint for pirates, sealers and war ships, Juan Fernández is a real paradise for outdoors lovers who are great hikers up staircase-steep hills.

  • Central Valley (Valle Central) Region which hosts world class vineyards in the Aconcagua, Casablanca, Maipo, Colchagua and Maule.

  • Lake Region/District famous for its spectacular scenery of deep blue mountain lakes, snow-capped volcanos, pristine beauty of alerce (larch) forests, popular resorts, year-round sports, and traditional folklore, handicrafts and legends.

  • Santiago the capital is a focal point of Latin American commerce and the point of entry for nearly all international travelers. Places to visit include: Plaza de Armas, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombiano, Placio de la Moneda, Mercado Central, Cerro Santa Lucia, Barrio Bellas Artes, La Chascona (Pablo Neruda’s house), Cerro San Cristobal, Barrio and Barrio Brasil. Top acitivities inlcude: skiing. trekking, horseback riding, surfing, and rafting.

  • Valparaíso located 120 km northwest from Santiago and in 2003 declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. In its golden years, it was known as “Little San Francisco” and the” Jewel of the Pacific.” Its historical importance, natural beauty, and unique architecture make this city a place worth visiting. Valparaiso is the birthplace of significant figures, such as Augusto Pinochet and Salvador Allende. Here you also find the residence of famous artists like Pablo Neruda and Nicaraguan poet Rubén Dario.  Viña del Mar, considered Chile’s most luxurious beach resort town, attracting visitors from all over the world. A beach to see Reñaca. Other major attractions to visit include the Municipal Casino founded in 1930, the famous Viña del Mar International Song Festival in the striking natural tree lined hill of Quinta Vergara Amphitheater; and the Viña del Mar Film Festival, founded in 1967 as the First Latin American Film Festival and was also the first gathering of Latin American filmmakers

We look forward to creating memorable traveling experience for you!

The Turpial Travel Team

www.turpialtravel.com

 

 

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The largest snake in the world

Did you know that the anaconda is the largest snake in the world, when both weight and length are considered? It can reach a length of 30 feet (9 meters) and weigh up to 550 pounds (227 kilograms)! Kids, learn more about this fascinating specie at: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/anaconda/

The anaconda is found in Los LLanos region of Venezuela  Turpial Travel promises extraordinary encounters with the anaconda. Visit our website at http://www.turpialtravel.com

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Did you know?

Did you know that Latin America and the Caribbean have one of the greatest endowments of natural capital in the world? Did you know that the region is the site of six of the world’s most biodiverse countries—Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela—as well as the single most biologically diverse area in the world, the Amazon rainforest? South America alone has more than 40 percent of the Earth’s biodiversity, and more than one-quarter of its forests. UNDP Report: Latin America and Caribbean are “biodiversity superpower”; 02 December 2010.

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