Turpial Travel can help you book Chile Tours. Read on to find out about some popular destinations.
A tour of Santiago can include any number of cultural, gastronomic or entertainment offerings. Founded in 1541, Chile’s capitol city is tucked in the Central Valley against the Andes Mountains. Chile tours can include visits to historical buildings, such as Palacio de la Moneda (the office of Chile’s president), La Chascona (a house built by Pablo Neruda featuring a nautical theme), or Iglesia de San Francisco, Santiago’s oldest surviving colonial building. Foodies will want to head to one of the city’s busy markets to sample the street food, a traditional steak house for some Patagonian beef or to a seafood restaurant for a taste of ceviche. No Chile tour is complete without shopping. Look for deals on lapis lazuli. Chile is one of only two places in the world with natural deposits of this semi-precious stone.
The best time to visit Santiago is in the summer. Not only are the temperatures mild, but the air is cleaner. Being situated between two mountain ranges not only provides lovely scenery, but also contributes to a smog problem.
Central Valley Wineries
Wine grapes have been grown in Chile since colonial times, but the wine industry really took off in the 1980s. Chile tours can include some of the country’s finest wineries. The most popular wine-growing region is the Central Valley near Santiago. You can tailor your tour to fit your interests. In addition to tasting and buying wine, some of the vineyards include restaurants or cafes, and others have bed and breakfast accommodations or spas. Many wineries offer horseback riding or picnics in the vineyard.
Chile’s climate is similar to that of two other well-known wine regions, California and France, and it ranks fifth in terms of world wine exports and ninth in production. The most popular Chilean wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere.
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Many Chile tours head south to Torres del Paine National Park. The park covers almost 500,000 acres and offers hiking, glacier trekking and mountain climbing, as well as kayaking, fishing, horseback riding and wildlife photography. Experience four unique environments during your stay: forest, scrubland, tundra and mountains. Over 100 species of birds are found in the park including eagles, swans and Andean condors, and visitors often see puma, guanaco and Chilean foxes.
The best time to tour Torres del Paine is in the summer, which in Chile is October to April, but the climate is mild and there are fewer visitors in the off season. The park admission fee is $38 US dollars, and accommodations are available within the borders.