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Valparaíso La Serena

Valparaíso La Serena Valparaíso, Viña del Mar and Zapallar When you have explored the city of Santiago, you could head to the coast for a day, travelling through orchards and olive plantations to the fascinating seaside town of Valparaíso and its fancier neighbour of Viña del Mar. Tumbling precariously down dozens of hills to the port, Valparaíso is a maze of colourful buildings, boulevards and viewpoints, best explored using its ancient funicular railways and ‘elevators’. Here you can visit one of the homes of Chilean Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, who was inspired by the town’s melting-pot charm and eccentricity. If you wish to stay overnight there are a couple of characterful properties, Casa Higueras and Hotel Zero. Viña del Mar, by contrast, is a genteel and fashionable resort that has been the weekend retreat of rich Santiago folk for generations. About two hours further north is the attractive and chic resort town of Zapallar. Set on a curved sandy bay and backed by lush forests this is a perfect place for a couple of relaxing nights. Elqui Valley La Serena and the Elqui Valley La Serena is a cheerful place, a mix of chic seafront and artistic old town, surrounded by a mystical and remote area of stunning scenery that climbs east into the Andes. Famed for having the clearest skies in the southern hemisphere, this blissfully tranquil area houses a large number of observatories, and attracts spiritualists as well as astronomers due to its reputedly unusual magnetic quality. Observatory visits can be arranged for those with an interest in the night skies. Tiny and impossibly picturesque villages – Montegrande, Vicuña, Pisco Elqui – dot the valley’s cultivated slopes and it is in these that Nobel prize winner Gabriela Mistral lived and taught. This is also the heart of pisco grape growing country and a trip here wouldn’t be complete without a distillery visit and tasting. Star gazing The north of Chile is renowned for its exceptionally clear night skies, and these atmospheric conditions, along with a lack of light pollution and high altitude, mean that the country is a world leader in astronomy. The scientific observation of the universe is undertaken in several internationallyfunded observatories around La Serena and further north in the Atacama Desert. There is currently further investment scheduled including the arrival of the world’s largest telescope, and the biggest ground-based astronomical project in the world, ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array), which will be open to visitors. The starry skies in Chile can be explored by professionals and amateurs alike, as several of the observatories are open for tours. Typically over 300 nights a year are suitable for stargazing and sky photography, so visitors to observatories such as La Silla, El Tololo, El Pangue and Cerro Mamalluca should be able to enjoy unlocking the secrets of the universe! Zapallar www.audleytravel.com/chile ● 01993 838 640 ● Chile 103

Traditional winery, Colchagua Valley Wine Regions of Central Chile Surrounding Santiago to the north, south and west lie some of the New World’s finest vineyards. The most visited areas lie to the south of the city where the beautiful Maipo and Colchagua Valleys take most of the glory. These valleys can be visited either as a day trip from the capital or in more depth if you opt to stay at one or more of the wineries. Either option allows you the opportunity to explore either with a private guide or with your own car. This is a wonderful place to relax with stunning views through the green valleys up into the Andes. CASA SILVA, COLCHAGUA VALLEY The Casa Silva vineyard has a wonderful house dating back to the late 19th century and oozing with character. Along with the fine rooms decorated with traditional furniture you’ll find peaceful courtyards, a swimming pool and decorative fountains as well as a fantastic in-house restaurant and bar. In addition there is a rodeo and polo field, with stables housing up to fifty horses at any one time, offering you the chance to either relax or take part in a little activity if the mood strikes you. CASA LAPOSTOLLE, COLCHAGUA VALLEY Undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Chile, this tiny property on the Clos Apalta vineyard consists of just four private cabins on the steep hills of the Colchagua Valley. Each is incredibly spacious with an open fire and balconies overlooking the vines. As a perfect romantic getaway there are few places with such spectacular views accompanied by such great wine. old fashioned reading rooms or have a game on the full sized snooker table in the old smoking room, or simply unwind on the terrace which is dominated by a beautiful 150 year old bougainvillea. VIÑA MATETIC, ROSARIO VALLEY Nestled in the Rosario Valley between Santiago and Valparaíso and on the border of the more famous Casablanca Valley, Viña Matetic was once thought to be in the worst possible spot for wine production. How wrong those predictions were as their wines have become regular winners of major awards. The lodge offers fantastic service and a great mix of tradition and modern convenience. Vintage car, Colchagua Valley 104 CASA REAL, COLCHAGUA VALLEY Built around 1880 this old mansion was the showpiece home of the owners of the Santa Rita Estate and little expense was spared in creating a luxurious dwelling with manicured gardens and even their own family chapel. The house is now used as a small hotel with 16 spacious and stately bedrooms. You can also relax in the wonderfully Wine cellar

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