Santiango de Chile is a place where you often stop by for a day or two before embarking to another destination. I must admit that I am not very fond of this capital... From all the capital cities in South America, Santiago is actually the one that has made me feel indifferent. However, it has to be said that the city has its own attractions, a wide variety of museums and an interesting choice of local walks.
When the sky clears, the Andean peaks seem to be pretty close. This is the best time to go to the viewpoint in "cerro San Cristobal" – a wooded hill right in the centre of the city from where you can delight yourself with a magnificent panoramic view.
The ski resorts, modernly equipped, are situated one hour from the capital city and captivate a large number of visitors, either professional skiers and snowboarders or people who enjoy these sports, between June and October every year.
There are also several vineyards in the outskirts of the capital whose doors are open to visit the property as well as the wineries, where you will be able to taste the finest wines.
Near from Santiago you can find the mithical port of Valparaiso. This city enchantment does not lie either in the beauty of its buildings, which date back to the times of economic prosperity, or in the originality of its typical port city taverns. All the enchantment lies in the sight of the hills surrounding the city as if they were lookouts and a thousand little colourful log homes hold on the slopes like bird nests. A steep dark labyrinth of stairs, winding and confusing lanes and funiculars take you up to the highest part of the city. These extremely antique, but reliable machines lead visitors to the viewpoints on the hills. The historic quarter of Valparaiso was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003.
Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!