Last month, as I was motoring down Interstate 5 in a rental car to catch my flight from Los Angeles to Santiago the next day, I pulled off the highway to receive a phone call from John Bordsen, the travel editor for North Carolina’s Charlotte Observer. After a couple lost connections, I found a high point where the phone signal was dependable, and John interviewed me on Chile for about half an hour, focusing on the new third edition of Moon Handbooks Chile .
The condensed interview finally appeared in last Sunday’s Observer . Surprising, John was less interested in Torres del Paine  and the Atacama desert - the prime destinations for most visitors to Chile - than in the capital city of Santiago  (with sights such as the Mercado Central  and its fishmongers (pictured above), the colorful port city of Valparaíso , and the Casablanca valley wine country . You can read the entire interview by clicking on the link at the beginning of this paragraph.