Reader Success: Jess & Her Husband Visited a UNESCO World Heritage City With Their Miles!; Million Mile Secrets

Chile – Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

One of her biggest tips to to plan your trip as far in advance as possible.

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Jess is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

A big thank you to Jess for sharing her story!

What’s your name and how long have you been involved in the miles & points hobby?

My name is Jess.  My husband and I have been collecting miles & points for ~3 years now.

What was the goal of your trip?

Our goal for every trip is to get out there!  We want to see the world, enjoy the outdoors, eat, drink, and be merry.

Read more


Why beautiful Valparaíso is the id to Santiago’s ego; Bert Archer; G Adventures

Chile – Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

The Chilean city is one of the most striking urban spaces on the planet.

As in many hilly towns, I was told while walking around Valparaíso that the women of Valparaíso were famous for their great gams.

“It’s all the climbing,” the woman who was showing me around town said, with a broad smile and eyes sparkling just enough to let me know she was half kidding, but only half.

From what I could tell, the men’s weren’t bad, either.

I was in town for Halloween, so my sparkle-eyed host, a transplanted American who’d married a Chilean man, took me to a house party.

There were people sprinkled about the place, but what kitchens are to Canadian house parties, terraces are to the people of Valparaíso.

Read more

Cityscapes and desert escapes in Chile; Craig Tansley; Financial Review

Chile – Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

Cosmopolitan cities, deserts, ski resorts and World Heritage sites are all to be found in this land of stunning beauty and cultural quirks.

I’ve been warned to take care in Santiago. There are muggings, locals say. But from where I sit by the window of my restaurant in inner-city Lastarria, no one sashaying by looks shifty. I want their swagger, their dress flair, to parade before shop windows adoring my reflection. After dessert, I shift to the roof-top bar of my hotel, The Singular Santiago, where the city’s bold and beautiful drink under a rising gibbous moon that accentuates their cheekbones and the white tips of the Andes behind them.

Once dismissed as a city of industry, the Santiago of 2017 is an entirely different beast – “surprising, cosmopolitan, energetic, sophisticated and worldly”, as Lonely Planet puts it.

Read more

World Heritage Sites to Vanish; Sara Thopson; Tourism Review

Chile – Rapa Nui National Park

World heritage sites are in danger of vanishing due to climate change.

Climate change is becoming one of the most significant risks for World Heritage Sites, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in its report entitled “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate”.

The study examines 31 World Heritage Sites from 29 countries which are vulnerable to phenomena such as rising temperatures, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, extreme weather events, or droughts.

The famous Easter Island’s moais, the canals of Venice, or the monumental Stonehenge complex are some of the World Heritage Sites that could be lost in the coming years if there are no “urgent and clear” actions to prevent it.

Venice (Italy)

The “city of canals” has been threatened by rising sea levels for decades.


Read more

Expedition Unknown: Hunt For ExtraTerrestrials asks: Did aliens visit Easter Island millennia ago?; James Wray; Monster & Critics

Chile – Rapa Nui National Park

Expedition Unknown: Hunt For ExtraTerrestrials takes a look at the mysteries of Easter Island as Josh Gates looks for evidence of alien life.

This week Josh Gates and the Expedition Unknown: Hunt For ExtraTerrestrials team head to Easter Island which some ancient alien theorists think aliens could have visited in the distant past.

Easter Island or Rapa Nui (in Polynesian) lies in the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean and is most famous for the 887 statues that gaze out across the landscape.

Known as moai, they were created by the Rapa Nui civilization over hundreds of years, with initial settlement of the world’s most remote island taking place between 700 and 1100 CE.

However, as the population increased and invasive species like the Polynesian rat upset the ecosystem the civilisation began to decline.

Read more

World’s most incredible abandoned sites; Madeline Diamond; INSIDER

Chile – Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
  • Abandoned sites all over the world have a unique story to tell.
  • Houtouwan on Shengshan Island in China, for example, is an abandoned village in which nearly all the former homes and buildings are entirely covered in vegetation.
  • Bodie, California, is a classic American ghost town that dates back to the gold rush of the 1800s.

From once-thriving hotels that have fallen into a state of decay to defunct hospitals that are said to be haunted, there is always a fascinating story behind anything that’s been abandoned.

There are many ghost towns in the US, for example, that were built during the gold rush of the 19th century and deserted soon after. Throughout Europe, there are forsaken castles and villages that shed light onto what life was like centuries ago.


Read more

8 Production Locations from Chile’s Staggeringly Diverse Landscape; LBBOnline

Chile – Churches of Chiloé
Over the years, Chile has become a very valuable shooting destination, thanks to its enormous diversity of landscapes. Being a long and narrow country, its 4300km length can boast a great variety of weathers, and such diversity in terrain that the mighty Andes Cordillera descends into the valleys, to finally arrive at the Pacific Ocean.
Desert, mountain trails, forests, modern metropolis, glaciers, rivers and lakes are some of the examples that, in lieu with a safe economic and political infrastructure and growing audiovisual industry, can make Chile a hot destination for your next project.
Below, check out some highlights – with stunning photos to boot – of the locations and places that make Chile stand out as a location powerhouse.
1. Atacama Desert

Read more

Easter Island – Ten Geographic Facts; Amanda Briney; ThoughtCo

Chile – Rapa Nui National Park

Easter Island, also called Rapa Nui, is a small island located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean and is considered a special territory of Chile. Easter Island is most famous for its large moai statues that were carved by native peoples between 1250 and 1500. The island is also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and much of the island’s land belongs to the Rapa Nui National Park.

Easter Island has recently been in the news because many scientists and writers have used it as a metaphor for our planet.

Easter Island’s native population is believed to have overused its natural resources and collapsed. Some scientists and writers claim that global climate change and resource exploitation may lead to the planet collapsing as did the population on Easter Island. These claims, however, are highly disputed.

Read more

These Centuries-Old Nailless Churches Are Still Standing; Adrienne Jordon; National Geographic

Chile – Churches of Chiloé

Out of 70 churches built using this technique, 16 survived the centuries.

Off the coast of Chile, the archipelago of Chiloé rises from the Pacific—a region distinguished for its rolling countryside, large wool-producing community, and the birthplace of the country’s salmon industry.

The arrival of the missionary Jesuits in the 17th century brought a distinct architectural style of churches. Combining building techniques from Spain with Chiloé’s ancestral carpenters’ wooden boat construction, they fashioned nailless churches.

In place of iron nails, reinforced wooden joints hold the buildings in place, mimicking the techniques used for the construction of ships. Unlike classical Spanish colonial buildings that used Baroque and Renaissance architecture and imported materials from Spain, the churches are made from locally sourced Larch and Cypress wood from the islands. This all-wood technique is believed to have provided insulation from the southern Chilean chill.

Read more

Abandoned buildings from around the world; Ciara Appelbaum & Madeline Diamond; INSIDER

Chile – Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works

Every abandoned building has a story about how it got that way, whether it’s an urban legend or the truth.

Rotting, crumbling, or completely invaded by nature, abandoned buildings can be as creepy as they are fascinating.

From ancient ruins uncovered underneath ash to mental hospitals that have been left to rot, we’ve rounded up 50 abandoned buildings around the world and the history behind them.

Ross Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

Vegetation has all but consumed the remains of the the island, which was once referred to as the “Paris of the East.”

In its prime, it was home to British government officials, as well as a penal settlement set up after the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Read more