The world’s largest swimming pool is more like an inland sea

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By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 16 July 2014

You won’t believe your eyes. We present to you… the World’s largest swimming pool! In some ways we’re not even sure if swimming pool is the right term to use as it conjures images of a few yards of water that you can swim across in under a minute easy. If it’s a big one you might not be able to stand in the deep end but that’s normally about the limit. This monster at the San Alfonso Del Mar private resort in Chile is technically a swimming pool, but we urge you to remain open minded!

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This lake in north Chile looks like a massive blood bath

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 25 January 2014

The Laguna Roja is a blood-red lake that sits on a plateau amidst the mountains of the Parinacota volcano region in northern Chile. At 40-50˚C, the warm water sustains the thermophilic red algae population that gives it its striking hue. Bernhard Edmaier captured a stunning aerial image of the lake for his recent book, EarthArt: […]

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Psych-pop or kraut-rock? New music by Chile’s Föllakzoid

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By Autumn Whitehurst in New Music on Wednesday 6 November 2013

Hailing from Chile, Follakzoid’s sound was defined in their first jam back in 2008 during which they experienced, by their own admission, a ‘trance experience between friends, sort of a soul abduction’. Psych-pop, kraut-rock … I’m not sure that any of these accurately describe their music. But this video for their track Pulsar does them […]

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F: new music from Chilean band Mostro

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By Scratch My Nose in New Music on Friday 28 June 2013

Alongside Dizzlecciko, Animales Exóticos Desamparados and diaBlo, Mostro are one of the most interesting bands I heard during my three years living in Santiago de Chile. Mostro are Carlos and Jaime Reinoso, two brothers who make strange instrumental electronica with live percussion (think UK post punk band This Heat, Mount Kimbie and Jad Fair’s instrumental […]

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Museo De La Memoria: dedicated to Chileans killed during Pinochet period

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By Scratch My Nose in Cool Travel on Friday 28 June 2013

For many people from outside the America’s, the only realistic depiction of life in Chile during the Pinochet period has come from the recent Academy Award nominated film, No. The film follows the advertising political campaign during the historic 1988 election when it was to be determined whether General Pinochet should have another 8 year […]

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Alexandra Guerrero makes beautiful clothes out of used cigarette butts

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By Jessica Chow in New Fashion on Saturday 16 March 2013

Chilean designer, Alexandra Guerrero, found an interesting use for the thousands of wasted cigarette butts found on floors, streets and beaches, turning them into colourful, retro-styled and wearable clothing. She later founded Mantis, inspired by this new discovery, which aims to spread this recycling ethos, putting an emphasis on the message that one person’s trash can be another’s treasure.

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Water Cathedral in Santiago by GUN Arquitectos

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 14 April 2012

The Water Cathedral in Santiago, Chile, is born from the Young Architects Program that coaxes outdoor installations with shade, seating and water from emerging architects. This installation features white sand-filled fabric bags with a topography of stalagmites.

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Peter Greenaway: The Tulse Luper VJ Performance

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By Scratch My Nose in New Events, Video on Thursday 2 February 2012

Filmmaker Peter Greenaway, who is best known for his controversial and visually lavish films, was recently a guest of Santiago a Mil Arts Festival in Chile. As part of the program, Greenaway presented a 90 minute live cinema experience on four screens, which was a mix of magnificent visual and aural chaos.

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Santiago street art by Basco Vazko

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By Scratch My Nose in New Art on Saturday 17 December 2011

Some of the most startling and original images seen on the streets of Santiago, Chile, are the anthropomorphic creatures of artist Basco Vazko. These surreal creatures seem to have lept out of the story of children’s books mixed and cut-up with medical textbook imagery. One of Basco’s strengths is how he uses the weathered walls not as an accidental background for his work but as integral part of the image.

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Photos of recent volcanic eruption in Chile

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By Zolton in Cool Travel on Tuesday 7 June 2011

These photos show the dramatic effects of huge volcanic ash clouds being shot through by fierce lightning bolts at the recent Puyehue eruption in Chile.

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Infiniski Manifesto House

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By Gerry Mak in New Eco on Tuesday 6 July 2010

Construction company Infiniski has laid out a mission statement in the form of a house. The Infiniski Manifesto House in Curacavi, Chile, is made of recycled and repurposed materials and other eco-friendly elements. The house utilizes renewable and self-sustainable energy systems such as solar heating and natural ventilation, and the architects boast that it is […]

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Good Manners Manual for Patagonia

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By Jessica Parra Nowajewski in Cool Travel on Monday 21 June 2010

Patagonia is more than a land of sheep and magnificent Asado al Palo (Patagonian BBQ). It’s also a land with a significant tradition, with people who love their land, and protect their customs. In Chile, in the Aysen region, two friends are working on a project that reflects how people live daily in a manner similar to that from more than a century ago.

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Valparaiso, Chile

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By Allan Soutaris in Cool Travel on Monday 21 December 2009

I’m writing this sitting in the driveway of one of the most magnificent hostels and neighbourhoods I’ve had the privilege to visit. Seagulls fly overhead, and in front of me, to the end of the driveway, lies a view of the Pacific Ocean. The sun reflects against the peeling white paint of the hostel and neighbouring garage. It radiates heat but not enough for me to feel uncomfortable.

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Chile’s Santiago a Mil Festival

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By Jessica Parra Nowajewski in Cool Travel on Wednesday 16 December 2009

If you’re going to Santiago, Chile, in January, and you’re a theatre, dance and performing arts lover, you should check out Santiago a Mil, one of the most important festivals in Latin America. It gathers artists from all over the world. 2010 is an especially emotive year because it’s the Bicentenary of the nation. Local […]

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Tatio Geysers

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By Jessica Parra Nowajewski in Cool Travel on Tuesday 22 September 2009

Traveling through the north of Chile, I found a cool place to stay for a couple of months: San Pedro de Atacama. San Pedro is located in the middle of the Atacama Desert, the most arid desert in the world. With no more than three thousand local population, which increases to six thousand with foreign workers and tourists, this old Atacamenian village mixes five star hotels with small backpackers, trekking excursions, volcano climbing and trucks, with which to cross the amazing alti-planic landscape, looking for archaeological pre-Inca locations and geological formations that give us astonishing colors and unique formations.

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