08 December 2016

 

Amazing things to do in
Chile

Chile

Sights and sounds of Chile

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Santiago City Tour & Santa Lucia Hill
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Santiago City Tour & Santa Lucia Hill

Get to know the city

This fascinating tour begins at Santa Lucía Hill, at the spot where Chile's capital city Santiago was founded. After touring this area you visit Plaza de Armas to see the many historical buildings such as the city hall of Santiago, the National Historical Museum, the Central Post Office and the cathedral. Santiago is one of those metropolitan joys where the more you look, the more you find.

Funky cafes and dance clubs dot Bellavista, Forest Park art collections range from pre-Columbian to contemporary, and architecture runs the gamut from the 16th-century San Francisco Church to mirrored office towers. And you can shop with the locals at Mall Panoramico. After this city tour the trip ends with a visit to a handicraft shop that specialises in lapis lazuli jewellery, a stone found only in Chile and Afghanistan.

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Vina Del Mar & Valparaiso
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Vina Del Mar & Valparaiso

Head for the coast

Spend a day exploring the coastal towns of Central Chile on this leisurely day trip from Santiago. Travel through wine country, stopping to sample the vintages, before arriving in the 'Garden City' of Vina del Mar. Continue on to the bohemian town of Valparaiso and visit the Pablo Neruda Museum before heading back to Santiago after a day of relaxed sightseeing.

Situated 100 miles from Santiago, Valparaiso lies on a large bay facing the Pacific Ocean and is an important maritime port and one of the largest cities in the country. It is the seat of legislative power, and offers a great variety of beautiful and picturesque places - squares, hills, small fishing creeks, beaches, avenues and streets full of twists and turns.

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Santiago City Tour
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Santiago City Tour

The tour begins at Santa Lucía Hill; it was here that Santiago was founded. Afterwards, Plaza de Armas, where are some historical buildings such as City hall of Santiago, National Historical Museum, Central Post Office and the Cathedral.

After traveling for the main roads of Santiago and the cities of Providencia and Vitacura, the trip ends with the visit to a handicraft shop, specialized in lapis lazuli jewelry, stone found only in Chile and Afghanistan. Return to the hotel in Santiago.

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Concha Y Toro Vineyard
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Concha Y Toro Vineyard

See the famous vineyards

You don't have to be a wine buff to enjoy this half day tour to the Concha Y Toro Vineyard which includes lunch. Leave from Santiago and head south, arriving at Pirque where you find the Concha y Toro Winery, the biggest wine society region in the whole of the country. Tour around the Patronal House and see the beautiful park and lagoon.

You enjoy an informative guided tour around these world famous vineyards and are given a great introduction to the grapes and the types of wine produced. Then visit the cellars, including Casillero del Diablo, where you see the whole storage process. Then continue along the Maipo River, through the residential area of Las Vertientes, seeing country houses and cottages.

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Maipo Valley Wine Route
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Maipo Valley Wine Route

Raise a glass to this tour

Leave Santiago and drive towards Maipo Valley. This is an ideal tour for learning about some of the history and magic of Chilean wine, in some of the most prestigious wineries in the world. Here you will find renowned wineries such as Cousino Macul, Undurraga and Concha y Toro, and during your time in this lovely valley you will visit some of them.

First stop is at one of the wineries in the Maipo Valley to learn about the wine making process, walk around the vineyards, production plants, wine cellars and to see the final product already bottled. Then relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the valley before visiting another winery. This tour Includes a delicious lunch in the Manso Toro restaurant.

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Santa Rita Vineyard
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Santa Rita Vineyard

Drink in the history

You leave the capital city and head for the beautiful Maipo Valley. First stop is at the Santa Rita Winery, which was founded by Domingo Fernandez Concha, who introduced fine French grapes to the area. The cellar of this winery has been declared a National Monument, and the combination of traditional American and French oak wood barrels, with modern systems, give these wines a unique taste.

Then visit the Patronal House, which stands in a big park full of centenary trees. This tour includes lunch at the winery’s restaurant Dona Paula, which is also a National Monument. It was named after Paula Jaraquemada, a woman who sheltered General Bernardo O’Higgins and 120 of his men, during the Independence struggle. One of the winery’s most renowned wines honours this episode in Chile’s history.

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Cruising to Torres del Paine via Glacier
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Cruising to Torres del Paine via Glacier

Land of fire and ice

On this memorable tour you are picked up from your hotel in Santiago in the morning and driven to the dock where you board a ship for your trip out to see the stunning glaciers. First you sail along the picturesque Última Esperanza Fjord, admiring lovely mountains, cascading waterfalls and pretty farms and seeing the Patagonian wildlife and birds.

Then you leave the ship and board zodiac boats for an exciting trip along the Serrano river. This is a fabulous journey with great views over the southern Ice Field and native Patagonian forests. When you arrive in Torres del Paine you will have time to explore this amazing area before the return journey back across the fjord then to the city.

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Full Day Torres Del Paine
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Full Day Torres Del Paine

Paine's pristine perfection

If there is one tour you must take while staying in Chile's capital city Santiago it is this memorable full day excursion out to Torres Del Paine. Your are picked up from your hotel and driven down to Patagonia and along the way you can admire the lovely mountains, cascading waterfalls and pretty farms and see the Patagonian wildlife and birds.

Soaring almost vertically above the Patagonian steppe, the granite pillars of Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) dominate the landscape of what may be South America's finest national park. Here you will see azure lakes, trails that meander through emerald forests, roaring rivers, and one big, radiant blue glacier. The park is home to flocks of ostrich-like rhea, Andean condor, flamingo and many other bird species.

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Osorno Volcano + Petrohué Falls
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Osorno Volcano + Petrohué Falls

Visit the King Cone

If you have already seen all the city sights in Santiago, or want to save some for later on during your stay, it is good to take a tour out of the city and this full day excursion to visit the spectacular Orsorno Volcano and the amazing Petrohue Falls takes some beating and will leave you with lots of great memories and pictures to go with them.

Known as the King of the South, the Osorno Volcano looms imposingly over the enormous Lake Llanquihue and the emerald green waters of Lake Todos Los Santos, not to mention large expanses of leafy forests, waterfalls and picturesque towns. It towers into the sky and is capped by snow year-round. This is one of the region’s most classic and impressive landmarks and its conical shape is sheer perfection.

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