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Programs of Half-day and full-day visits



1.    Half-day visit to Santiago

Santiago, founded in 1541, is a mixture of old and modern features. Santa Lucia Hill (panoramic views), Central Square, Cathedral, Central Post-Office, Santiago Town Hall, Government House and Horse Track. Estern modern quarters, lapis lazuli stores.



2. Half-day visit to Andes Vineyards

There are top-quality vineyards close to Santiago (Maipo valley). One suggested visit starts with Viña Undurraga, it then continues with Viña Cavas del Maipo (Boutique Vineyard), Viña Concha y Toro, and Viña Aquitania (Boutique Vineyard). Another interesting option is an excursion to Viña Santa Rita. Its winery, declared National Heritage, combines the traditional American and French oak barrels with the most modern production systems.



3. Full-day visit to wine route and Colchagua

The Colchagua Valley is located 130 kilometers from Santiago, considered “a paradise” by many enologists. Its weather conditions allow most grape varieties to adapt perfectly. The No. 1 wine in the world according to "Wine Spectator 2008" (Clos Apalta) is produced in this valley. Suggested vineyards: Viu Manent, Bisquertt or Montes. Suggested lunch at Santa Cruz Hotel and visit the high-quality Museum of Colchagua.


4.   Full-day visit to wine train

An alternative way to visit the famous Colchagua Valley is to take the Wine Train (Tren del Vino), a delightful trip into the past driven by a locomotive built in 1913. On this train you travel along the main vineyards, tasting a selection of wines. Visit vineyards, have lunch at the Santa Cruz Hotel and visit the Museum of Colchagua.



5.  Full-day visit to Isla Negra – Pomaire

Only one hour and a half from Santiago is Isla Negra, a beach that embraces one of Nobel Prize in Literature winner Pablo Neruda’s houses. The Isla Negra House was built in 1939 out of stone and wood, and it houses a unique collection of diverse items that give it the sense of a big ship. The house’s intriguing collection is made up of items gathered by the poet throughout his life coming back to Santiago, visit Pomaire, village based on pottery production whose origins go back to 1771. Its legacy - which can be appreciated in its clay handcraft stores - has been kept for generations.



6.  Full-day visit to The Andes Mountains

This excursion will get you in direct contact with nature. Just one hour away from Santiago there are the most important ski centers of the region. More than 2,600 meters above sea level you will reach the ski resorts of Farellones, La Parva, El Colorado and Valle Nevado. Luckily, you may spot some foxes and condors.


7. Full-day visit to Portillo (in The Andes Mountains)

In the road connecting Santiago with Mendoza (Argentina) it is possible to visit Portillo Winter Center, the oldest one in South America, founded in 1949. Portillo offers an infrastructure that enables the enjoyment of skiing during winter time and all the attractions of the Mountain in summer time. Its beautiful panorama of Laguna del Inca, located at 2,800 meters above the sea level, is remarkable.


8. Full-day visit to Viña del Mar and Valparaíso

Valparaíso, whose origins go back to 1536, is a harbor city, Human Cultural Heritage and seat of the Chilean Parliament. It presents a picturesque view with its elevators, colorful neighborhoods within its 45 hills Visit La Sebastiana, Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda’s museum house.

Relatively close is Viña del Mar, which has singular architecture, streets and palaces.


9. Full-day visit to Zapallar and Cachagua (independent trip)

Cachagua and Zapallar are, without a doubt, two of the prettiest seashore places in central Chile. Cachagua is a small beach that combines the beauty of the coastal border with the fields and woods surrounding it. Its south-most end offers a 4 km beach, which invites for a long relaxed walk, whilst its north side offers the traditional wooden houses with thatched roofs, a great view of its Penguins’ Island and the charming little beach “Las Cujas”. Going East you can see the low mountains “El Tigre” and “Los Cordones” with their respective native woods.

Zapallar, 5 km North of Cachagua, dates from 1893. It is framed by high hills, with even more native woods. It offers a white sand beach, fishermen’s wharf and early 20th century houses, a complete outstanding landscape.

We recommend you get a map in Santiago, rent a car with the travel agency and explore this coast on your own. You can also ask an ad-hoc group excursion to the travel agency.


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