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An insider guide to Santiago de Chile

Claudia Posada on the sights, smells and sounds of her year abroad destination, the Chilean capital of Santiago. One of the first excursions I made in Santiago de Chile was the two hour trek up Cerro San Cristobal, a mountain covered in exotic vegetation that provides a stark contrast to the city’s overwhelming mass of high-rise buildings. The Andes are constantly […]

Cultural heritage, narcotics and the coca leaf

When you think about the coca leaf, what images spring to mind? Charlotte Lindsey highlights the varying worldwide perceptions of this multipurpose plant, which has come to be irrevocably associated with one of the world’s most popular drugs. The coca leaf. It is a plant that continues to spark heated debate concerning the way it […]

Toasting the success of Mendoza’s wine industry

Hew Fanshawe tells us how the region of Mendoza has changed the face of Argentinian wine. Boasting over 150,000 hectares of vineyards – equivalent to the combined area of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and Alsace– and with a 400% increase in the city’s wine exportation over the past decade, it’s no surprise that Mendoza finds itself […]