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.

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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.

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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.

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Valparaíso: Chile’s Oceanside Gem; Marilyn Jones; GRIT Magazine

Chile – Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

Valparaíso is a vibrant port city with a rich history and interesting areas to explore.

The city is a kaleidoscope of color; brightly painted houses clinging to the hillsides like the sides of a trowel with the city’s busy port at its tip. Valparaíso is Chile’s second largest metropolitan area after Santiago and one of the South Pacific’s most important seaports.

Upscape tour guide Manuel Garcia wants me to have this view before we start to explore neighborhoods and the historic quarter designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. As I take in the breathtaking view, Manuel explains that during the second half of the 19th century, the city served as a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by crossing the Straits of Magellan.

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6 places that will shock you that ever existed in this World ( Part1); Tope Alabi; INFORMATION NIGERIA

Chile – Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

You don’t have to be a world traveler to lose yourself in the fantastic places that dot our planet. Here are 6 of the most unbelievable wonders around the globe.


In 1887, Maori Chief Tane Tinorau and English surveyor Fred Mace made an astonishing discovery in New Zealand: a complex of caves illuminated by an otherworldly blue-green glow. For generations, the Maori had whispered about the caverns, but presumably no one had ventured deep inside until this pair went exploring by raft and candlelight. What they found was remarkable. The limestone ceilings of the cave system were strung with thousands of glowing creatures, the larvae of a carnivorous fungus gnat called Arachnocampa luminosa. These “glowworms” use blue bioluminescence to attract prey, which they then ensnare by dangling a gooey string of mucus.

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5 Reasons to Add Valparaíso to Your Honeymoon Tour of Chile; Katie Hammel; Brides

Chile – Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaiso

Street art, maritime history, Pablo Neruda — this seaside port city is definitely worth a pit stop on your Chilean honeymoon.

Located about 70 miles (112 km) from Santiago, the seaside port city of Valparaíso was once known as “The Jewel of the Pacific.” During its heyday in the late 1800s and early 1900s, before the Panama Canal was completed, the city thrived. Though it later suffered decline as the port became less important to trade, it’s been revitalized in recent years. In 2003 the city’s historic quarter was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and today it’s a chaotic jumble of narrow cobblestone streets and colorful houses that crawl up and over the city’s 40-plus hills. Yet despite its bohemian appeal, the city is less well-known than nearby Santiago.

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Huge wildfire burns homes in Chile’s Valparaiso; AFP

Chile – Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

A wildfire has ravaged woods and burned 100 homes in the hilly Chilean port city of Valparaiso, where authorities evacuated hundreds of people on Monday.

At least 19 people were reported hurt after the fire broke out on the outskirts of the historic port city, the government said.

Television pictures showed thick grey smoke filling the streets in the Laguna Verde district, where the blaze struck, and flames devouring green hillsides.

Hundreds of firefighters along with water-dumping airplanes and helicopters were battling the blaze, officials said.

“Emergency protocol have been activated,” the country’s President Michelle Bachelet said on Twitter. She expressed “solidarity with the people affected.”

The flames had “damaged 100 homes in an area where there are 500,” deputy interior minister Mahmud Aleuy told a news conference late Monday.

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