Pablo Álvarez may not have been a very good player, but his Bajo Marquesina Restaurant in Coyhaique sure is quite a hit. Every detail in the place renders homage to the great sport of football, from the menu to the tables to the decorations. " />
Short films, profound stories.
An atlas is a synthesis of physical, social and economic realities of a country, where all kinds of geographic information is united (…) However, its much more than this: an atlas is a compendium of knowledge about a territory, about the changes human activity has produced within it, and about the relation between intelligence, will and nature. (…) It is, definitively, a mirror of the country.
“Each instrument brings a surprise,” says artisan luthier Máximo López. Touring his workshop we find all different kinds of instruments, hand made from carefully selected wood. Fascinated by music and instruments since he was a child, López has accumulated a talent and a vast collection. A lover of the art and the music, he cares for each of his creations. “I guess if you asked me which is my favorite, I’d have to say I still haven’t decided,” López admits.
“The center of Santiago is unique honestly because it contains these quality urban spaces with amenities that mean you can stay and spend time here, relaxed,” says architect José Rosas.
Rosas takes us through the galleries designed especially for the Chilean capital, walking us through their history and explaing what role they play in this bustling metropolis. View
#62 Family Cemetary
Take a walk through one family’s history as we join Tito Berrocal in his traditional family cemetery. “We all end up in the same place,” Tito tells us as he shares the stories of the various people who left their mark on this life and the legacy of his family name.
#85 Animal Pathology Exhibit
Complete with a cyclops and a two headed calf, the animal pathology exhibit at the Universidad Austral in Valdivia hosts a world of the weird and unexpected found nowhere else. Follow veterinarian María José Navarrete as she guides us through the exhibit, explaining the stories behind each of the creatures housed in this fascinating museum.
#51 Artisan and collector of buses
Ever since he was a child, Darguin Cortés has been passionate about Chile’s buses. “Everyone thought I was crazy,” he confesses. When he was young playing with his friends in the neighborhood, he would count the buses that passed, thinking of their routes, where they would be coming from and heading to, drawing them and remembering each one.
#87 The Lo Abarca Sanctuary
Explore the Lo Abarca church — known equally for its turbulent history surviving earthquakes and the beautiful religious art inside — in the company of Sister Brígida.
#53 Marigolds and sustainable agriculture in the Chilean desert
“It was a gift of the area,” Danitza Bugueño says of her field of marigold flowers. She moved to the Limarí Valley with the goal of working sustainably with the land and taking advantage of Northern Chile’s abundance of sun. Originally she started planting marigolds as a natural pest control, and soon found they flourished in the harsh environment. Now she focuses on the sunny flower, harnessing its many therapeutic and cosmetic applications, making a sustainable business through sustainable practices in an unlikely location.
“To make a taba is really a science” says Rómulo, who takes us through the process of making the central piece in the popular traditional game perfected by Southern Chile’s weather-worn ranch workers.
#63 Volcanic aftermath in Chaitén
In 2008 the Chaitén volcano erupted after laying dormant for over 9,000 years, sending ash, smoke, and lava flowing into the little town named for the roaring mountain.
Many of the timeless homes and estates in Chile were constructed out of hand-crafted adobe bricks. The recipe for this traditional material requires the perfect balance of clay, straw, and know-how. Follow master adobe maker José Sepúlveda and learn the secrets behind this classic building block.
The combarbalita stone is a mix of desert colors and unique to the Combarala zone and the source of inspiration for these artisans. Follow Juan Frívola into the mines and the artisan shop to see how they create beautiful crafts by hand every step of the way.
#60 Bike Riding School
Healthy hearts, minds, and communities are becoming more and more common as cycling gains popularity across Chile.
#95 Absinthe – Living Atlas Chile
“At one point, absinthe used to have something of a black legend about it, that it led to insanity, to ‘absinthism,'” says master distiller Eric Caballero.
So what goes into this legendary brew? Find out the myths and facts behind this famous concoction and how indigenous traditions have made this drink especially Chilean. View
“In Chile there are approximately 120 organs in total including the smaller ones.However, there are only a few like this, with three keyboards and this many tubes,” explains Christian Sundt, organist at the historical Saint Paul’s Church in Valparaíso. The church’s organ dates back to 1903, designed specifically for the ornate space. Discover the craftsmanship that goes into creating this massive instrument, and the skills it takes to make it sing.
#73 Ancient rock art
Hidden away in Cerro Castillo are some works of art that could be over 7,000 years old! Hundreds of hands painted by the native Pehuenche hunters and gatherers.
#72 Chilotes and Germans
A cute hamlet tucked away in Chilean Patagonia, Puyuhuapi was born out of the hard work and cooperation between two very different cultures—Germans and Chilotes.