Hi! I am Suzanne, originally from the Netherlands and the proud owner & founder of Chile Off Track since 2008.
I am a huge animal & nature lover, which is the main reason I started Chile Off Track: to share the beauty of Chile’s nature and specifically the area around Santiago, which has many beautiful but hidden spots, which you can only get to know through a local.
Leaving the lobby industry in Brussels, I moved to Chile in 2008 and this was before smartphones, whatsapp and google maps. It was the time of finding your way through road maps and illegible mini city street maps….it was one big adventure. Once simply driving around Santiago I was pulled over by the police since I was apparently driving against traffic. After extensively explaining, I was let off the hook by the “bad cop”. Following this the “good cop” trying to make small talk, asked what I thought of the Chilean people and I candidly answered they were very ” caliente” = warm/ hospitable, as I saw his face crunch up in a weird grimace… I realized I had said something wrong and just got away as quickly as possible. After the adrenaline of the situation sank down I realized I had said the Chileans were very horny…
Anyways, my Chilean adventures had just started and in my 4×4 pick-up truck with my newfound street dog Spanky I explored all of Chile’s 4000 km long country, making side trips left and right into the country. I drove from Santiago by car to the Atacama Desert, with Spanky in the back. I drove as far as possible to the South and fell in love with the Lake District and the wild scenery.