Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- A Nation of Enemies: Chile Under PinochetView on Amazon Employing information gained from hundreds of interviews, the authors tell how a 150-year stable democracy fell to Augusto Pinochet (ruled 1974-1990) and detail the divisive struggle to get it back. By Pamela Constable and Arturo Valenzuela.
- A Wildlife Guide to ChileView on Amazon This illustrated guide profiles the country's common plants and animals. It includes information on the best spots to view wildlife, including major national parks. By Sharon Chester.
- Chile: A Traveler’s Literary CompanionView on Amazon A compilation of twenty stories by a rich cast of local writers — most of which are available for the first time in English — reveal insights into different locations throughout the country. Edited by Katherine Silver.
- Cloud ForestView on Amazon The author tells a fascinating, multi-faceted story of his navigation across 20,000 miles of the South American wilderness, from the Amazon rain forests to Machu Picchu, high in the Andes, down to Tierra del Fuego and back. By Peter Matthiessen.
- In PatagoniaView on Amazon The author's account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes. By Bruce Chatwin.
- My DocumentsView on Amazon One of the country's rising literary stars delivers eleven stories of liars and ghosts, armed bandits and young lovers — brilliant portraits of life in Chile before and after Pinochet. By Alejandro Zambra; translated by Megan McDowell.
- My Invented Country: A MemoirView on Amazon One of Chile's top novelists — nephew of Chilean president Salvador Allende, who was assassinated in 1973 by Pinochet's forces — tells a nostalgic story of her country and her time in exile. By Isabel Allende; translation by Margaret Sayers Peden.
- Night FlightView on Amazon In this poignant novel, the famous French aviator tells about the brave men who piloted night mail planes from Patagonia, Chile, and Paraguay to Argentina in the early days of commercial aviation. By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; translation by Stuart Gilbert.
- The Essential Neruda: Selected PoemsView on Amazon A collection the most highly-regarded poems by Chile's Nobel Prize winner. By Pablo Neruda; edited by Mark Eisner; translated by Robert Hass, Stephen Mitchell, Alastair Reid, Forrest Gander, Stephen Kessler, John Felstiner and Jack Hirschman.
- The Great Inka Road: Engineering an EmpireView on Amazon This compelling collection of essays explores the Qhapaq nan (Great Inca Road), an engineering marvel: an extensive network of trails reaching modern-day Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Edited by Ramiro Matos and Jose Barreiro.
- The IncasView on Amazon Synthesizing the historical and archaeological records, the author tracks the Incas' extraordinary progression from a small Andean society in southern Peru to a prosperous civilization, then explains its rapid demise little more than a century later at the hands of the Spanish conquerors. By Terence D’Altroy.
- The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter IslandView on Amazon Two archaeologists reveal their surprising findings on nature of the Easter Island civilization, the stone monuments and the reason for its tragic end. By Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo.
- The Voyage of the BeagleView on Amazon In 1831, Darwin embarked on the HMS Beagle for a five-year expedition to survey the world’s remarkable biological diversity, focusing on South America and the Galapagos — it would inspire his theory of evolution by natural selection. The is the first (and only) fully-illustrated version available. By Charles Darwin.
- The Wines of ChileView on Amazon The most comprehensive review of the country's wines and producers. By Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “Among the Vines in Chile, Villas and Views”View on NYTimes.com In the Colchagua and Millahue Valleys, about two hours from Santiago, wineries are hoping to lure sophisticated visitors. By Ondine Cohane.
- “David and Daniel”View on RoadsandKingdoms.com Time photographer David Burnett returns to a Pinochet-era image that has become iconic in Chile. By Daniel Thornburgh.
- “In Chile, Foraging the Future”View on RoadsandKingdoms.com Getting in touch with the native cuisine. By Nicholas Gill.
- “Income Gap Shrinks in Chile, For Better or Worse”View on NYTimes.com Chile has an immense gap between the haves and the have-nots that is virtually unparalleled in the rest of the world. By Eduardo Porter.
- “Rock Art of Latin America and the Caribbean”View on icomos.org A high-level, yet comprehensive region-by-region review of the primary sites, their dating and their distinctive stylistic features.
- “Seeing Stars”View on HarvardMagazine.com The big science of building a giant telescope. By John S Rosenberg.
- “Sixty-Nine Days”View on NewYorker.com The ordeal of the Chilean miners. By Hector Tobar.
- “Splendid Isolation: Art of Easter Island”View on MetMuseum.org The curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas reviews relevant works from the museum's collection. By Eric Kjellgren.
- “The Entrepreneur Who Wants to Save Paradise”View on TheAtlantic.com Douglas Tompkins—the founder of Esprit and The North Face—is using his fortune to build massive national parks in Chile and Argentina. But what he sees as philanthropy, local ranchers see as meddling. By Diana Saverin.
Online Sources & Blogs
- The ultimate app for wine enthusiastsVisit wine.approachguides.com Simply the best resource for learning about wine regions, appellations and grape varieties.
- Trade in ChileVisit atlas.media.mit.edu Excellent, highly-graphical summary of the country's exports and imports.
- Travelers’ Health | ChileVisit CDC.gov Get the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations for vaccines and medicines.
- Weather: El Niño, La Niña and EnsoView on ucar.edu Background on these key factors in year-to-year weather and climate variation.
- World Bank | ChileVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
Just for Kids
- I Lived on Butterfly HillView on Amazon An eleven-year-old’s world is upended by political turmoil in this searing novel from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile. By Marjorie Agosin.
- Mariana and the MerchildView on Amazon A moving folktale about an old lady and a merchild. By Caroline Pitcher.
- My 1st Spanish Word Book / Mi Primer Libro De PalabrasView on Amazon A bilingual word book that presents pictures labeled in both Spanish and English. By Angela Wilkes.
Who to Follow
- Twitter: Luis Andres HenaoFollow @LuisAndresHenao @AP correspondent in Chile / Corresponsal de AP en Chile. @FCFSeleccionCol @realmadrid @RedSox fan firstname.lastname@example.org
- Twitter: This is ChileFollow @thisisChile Chile's official website with info on living, studying, doing business with and traveling in Chile. Discover and enjoy Chile with us!