There were hints of Germanness in the north of Chile, where we spotted the “Bavaria Restaurant” and “Alemania Optician”. Then we spied Nestlé's rather pricey “Sahne Nuss” chocolate in the supermarket – which got us wondering.

Maybe you're better clued up than us, but we had to do our research to find out about the Chilean colonization project of the late 1800s, which saw around 6,000 German immigrants keen to leave the 1848 Revolutions of the German states (the “Märzrevolution”) behind them in return for a somewhat quieter life in Southern Chile. That's a very brief history lesson for you!

It was a friendly reminder of home to see a taste of Germany throughout our Chilean travels. Makes you wonder why we ever left in the first place ;-)

Bier in Valdivia