Adventure and Flavors of Central Chile 3 Days/2 Nights
Adventure and Flavors of Central Chile 3 Days/2 Nights
The Maipo Valley is one of the oldest and traditional ones in Chile, it is easy to access due to its strategic location near the capital Santiago and the Port of Valparaíso. Most of its vineyards were founded by Spanish conquistadores during the Conquer Era, drawn by the favorable weather and the agricultural richness in the lands situated by the bank of the Maipo River, favorable conditions which remain nowadays making of these vineyards worldwide known.
Chile defies many visitors’ expectations of an Andean country. It is developed, relatively affluent and non-corrupt. Travel to Chile and you’ll discover one of the safest and most relaxing countries in South America. Its buses are comfortable and run on time; its people polite and respectful. Above all, though, visitors travel to Chile for its beautiful landscapes. The population is concentrated to the major cities, which leaves vast tracts of scarcely touched wilderness to explore
Day 01: Santiago Airport - Santiago – Maipo Valley – Santiago
Transfer from the Santiago Airport to your hotel. Departure from your hotel heading the Maipo Canyon.The visit starts in the Cousiño Macul Vineyard located in the Maipo Valley.
This vineyard was founded in 1856 becoming a worldwide known international vineyard.
Through this visit we will be able to tour its wine cellars and eventually taste its best wine stocks.
Continuing this trip throughout the wine world, we will get to Concha y Toro Vineyard, one of the oldest wineries in Chile. The visit starts in the Don Melchor Square where we will received by a bilingual guide, who will invite us to enjoy a panoramic visit to the Pirque Winery with a glass of Casillero del Diablo white wine in order to be part of the smells and flavors appeared in this one-hundred-year wine cellar. With the glass in his hand, we will tour through the ancient park, back in time, watching the manor of Pirque, home of the Concha y Toro family. In this place the largest winemaking company in Chile was born. In the wineries of Pirque we will meet the growing stocks, the cultural and technological management for a quality development. When we enters the cellar we will be able to taste an excellent Casillero del Diablo Merlot wine, while we learn about methods and raw materials used in the winemaking process. We will testify the Wine Legend of Concha y Toro through a Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine made famous the Chilean wine.
Return to your hotel in Santiago.
Day 02: Santiago – Andes Mountain Range – Santiago.
IMPORTANT: Departure Tuesday or Saturday. Subject to climate conditions.
An inspiring trip to “El Morado” Natural Monument and San Francisco Glacier.
The starting point of hike is Baños Morales a mountain village. The first hour of hiking is steep and then is flat. The hike begins at 1900 meters above sea level and continues up to 2500 meters above sea level. The trail leads to the San Francisco Glacier and Morales Glacier Pond.Before reaching the glacier, we stop for a refreshment at the waters of Panimávida (underground mineral water).The park has a rich bird fauna typical of Chile and diverse flora with endemic species.
We will return to Santiago in the afternoon, totally renewed.
Chile travel facts
- Motto: ‘Por la razón o la fuerza’ meaning, ‘By right or by might’.
- Population: 17.2 million people live in Chile, consisting of a fairly homogenous mestizo population with a few indigenous groups ranging from Mapuche in the Lake District, Yámana and Kawéskar (around 2,800) in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.
- Economy: One of the most developed countries in Latin America, Chile has the steadiest growth in the region and the lowest level of corruption in Latin America.
- Law: Chile only legalised divorce in 2004.
- Politics: Although notorious for the Pinochet’s infamous military dictatorship during the 1970s and 1980s, Chile otherwise has a long history of parliamentary democracy.
What To Bring
There are several important things to remember when packing:
Pack layers: it’s a good idea to bring warm weather clothing which you can then take off as the day progresses.
Protect your skin: Using a sunhat, sunscreen, and protective clothing are just a few ways to take care of your skin, as well as trying to stay out of the sun during the main part of the day.
Hiking boots – There is some excellent hiking
Lightweight hiking pants – Hiking pants made from a lightweight, airy material will make a world of difference when it comes to comfort and cooling down during the heat of the day. Pants that can unzip into shorts are a great option as well, as you can start out with long pants during the cold morning and then transition to shorts during the heat of the day.
Long pants (jeans or leggings) – For hiking you’ll want more flexible, breathable hiking pants but for just walking around town and in the cooler evenings and mornings, bring along some jeans or cotton leggings for something warm.
Solar protection blouses/shirts –
T-shirts/ short sleeve shirts– Loose, comfortable t-shirts are ideal for hiking during the heat of the day.
Sunhat – Protect your head from those high desert rays!
Fleeces/ sweaters –
Shorts/ capri pants
Warm hat and gloves – For those cold nights and mornings!
Flip flops – To visit sites like the Puritama hot springs or Lagunas Baltinache, you’ll want to have a pair of flip flops for moving from pool to pool.
Heavy-duty sandals – For easy day trips that won’t require a lot of hiking, crossing streams during multi-day treks, or when exploring towns like San Pedro, some sturdy sandals (like Tevas) will definitely come in handy, as well as giving your feet a break from stuffy hiking boots.
Backpack – For day trips, you’ll need a comfy backpack to carry your essentials for the day: sunscreen, water bottle, hat, glasses, layers, etc. Something lightweight would be best, made with a breathable, airy material.
Camera – This tour is a visually stunning place, with volcanoes, geysers, salt flats, shimmering high altitude lakes, and diverse wildlife, and you’ll want to bring a good camera to capture those sights.
Reusable water bottle – Not only is using a reusable water bottle environmentally friendly, it’s important! Spending time in the high, arid desert of southern Chile takes a toll on your body so drinking plenty of water throughout the day, whether you’re physically exerting yourself or not, is important.
Sunscreen – Not only are you in a desert but a high altitude one: the sun is extremely strong here and the white sands and salt flats are strong reflective surfaces, so be sure to apply sunscreen all over and reapply throughout the day. SPF 50 or higher.
Eye drops – For those with contact lens or prescription lens, the dry climate of the high desert may be a strain on the eyes, so don’t forget some eye droplets to add a little moisture.
Medication – If you have any prescription medication, be sure to bring along plenty for the trip, just in case the pharmacies where you’re staying don’t carry what you need. Keeping some Advil or Ibuprofen on hand as well in case of headaches caused by the altitude is also a good idea (see below).
Lip balm (with SPF protection)
Snacks – Pack some light snacks like protein bars and fruit for day hikes to give you that little extra boost of energy when the heat of the day is getting to you.
Basic first aid – Even though your guide and hotels will have first aid kits, it never hurts to bring some band-aids along on day trips just in case.
Aloe vera lotion – In the event you do get a sunburn, keep some aloe vera lotion on hand to massage onto the burn at the end of the day to help soothe it and speed up the healing process.
Feel free to ask your expert trip designer any questions you may have about this packing list.
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