Friday, January 09, 2009



During October of 2008, Marcelo Mackinnon, a Santiago based travel writer, took hundreds of digital photographs of the most important areas and landmarks of Santiago, the Chilean capital. The photographs and descriptive script was converted into an audiovisual podcast that is now being distributed in DVD, Ipod, MP3 and cell phone format by Visual Travel Tours of Santa Barbara, California, USA. ( ).
The main inspiration for Mackinnon´s work was to promote a city that is becoming one of South America’s most visited tourist destinations.
The 30 minute podcast will guide visitors, be they cruise ship passengers, business travelers or backpackers in a confortable walking tour around Santiago’s central business district, known locally as “El Centro”. Included in the podacast are spectacular high altitude views of the city from the top of Santa Lucia and San Cristobal hills, both of which are near to 3000 feet above sea level.
The editor at Visual Travel Tours is Gordon Burgett, a travel writer that has published more than 1,700 articles and offered over 2,000 professional presentations during his career. During that time he has appeared extensively on radio and TV, as a guest author and a publishing specialist. Burgett is a long-standing member of the National Speakers Association, the American Society of Authors and Journalists, and the Publishers Marketing Association; has produced 26 audio cassette series and singles, and has written 27 books, including The Travel Writer’s Guide, Sell and Resell Your Magazine Articles, Publishing to Niche Markets and, Niche Marketing for Writers, Speakers, and Entrepreneurs.