Chilean Astronomers to search for Exoplanets

The Center for Astro-Engineering at the Catholic University (UC) has been awarded a grant that will allow it to go ahead with its "High Resolution Spectrograph" to search for exoplanets from Chile. The funding will allow the acquisition of a spectrograph for the project which will be run in conjunction with the University of Tokyo.

Published 15th Nov 2017
Science + Technology »

Sea Mist to Beer

In 2006 I wrote a little post about the ingenious "cloud catchers" perched on the coastal hills above the Chilean town of Chungungo: Cloud Catcher in Chilean Desert In short, these nets condense the thick mist, locally know as "Camanchaca", as it blows off the Pacific and collect the resulting water, which in turn feeds in to the potable water supply. Since 2006 I have read numerous reports of the same technique being used in different parts of the world.

Published 6th Nov 2017
Food & Drink »

New Ship for Antarctica XXI

Antarctica XXI, who currently operate the only Antarctic Fly-Cruise, announced they have ordered a new vessel for their operation. It’s with great excitement that we announce the addition of MV Magellan Explorer, a brand new expedition vessel to the ANTARCTICA XXI fleet and the first small-ship built specifically for Antarctic expedition travel since 2003! From Antarctica XXI: MV Magellan Explorer features 50 passenger cabins in five categories of accommodation,

Published 3rd Aug 2017
Expedition Cruises »

Colchagua Valley named one of world’s top wine routes

North American magazine Sherman’s Travel named the Colchagua Valley as the second best overlooked wine destination on earth. Following Alsace in France, Colchagua is singled out for producing "lush, plus-red wines that are broad-shouldered but not too tannic to drink when young.

Published 11th Apr 2017
Food & Drink »

Chile's Unmissable Summer Festivals

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Chile in the summer months (November - March). Here are some established summer festivals that will enhance you time in Chile.

Published 11th Apr 2017
Wildlife + Flora »

Chile's 10 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

What is a Biosphere Reserve? UNESCO describes them thus: "Biosphere reserves are areas comprising terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems. Each reserve promotes solutions reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use.

Published 5th Apr 2017
Wildlife + FloraNational Parks »

Beyond the Big Three

The last twenty years have seen Chile win a steady stream of accolades and praise from international press and travel organisations alike, lauding its merits as one of the best countries in the world to visit. Having spent much time in Chile I can certainly vouch for all the adulation.

Published 27th Mar 2017
AdventureNational Parks »

Cloud Catcher in the Chilean Desert

Chungungo is a fishing village on the Chilean coast, in most respects it is very similar to the many other small communities, strung out along thousands of miles of Pacific coastline, that depend on small scale fishing for their survival. But Chungungo is the site of an ingenious invention, the "atrapanieblas" or "mist-catcher", that has been copied around the world as a means of obtaining fresh water in areas where there is next to no rain and no ground water.

Published 5th Jan 2006
Science + Technology »

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