We would recommend spending a couple of days of your holiday
exploring Santiago itself and while you're there, make sure you
head up San Cristobal hill with your camera, to get the best views
of the city and the surrounding Andes. After this, move on to its
surrounding attractions; the coast, Andes and vineyards.
The food in Santiago is great; from the bustling central fish
market to any number of upmarket international restaurants and more
typical Chilean lunch options. South of the city, the Central
Valley is where the majority of Chile's wine comes from. The Maipo
Valley, closest to Santiago, is home to the most widely known
export; Concha y Toro, whose winery can be visited in a day trip.
Maipo's cool ocean breezes, bright sunshine and elevated slopes are
perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, one of the export varieties
Chile has become synonymous with, but local vineyards also grow
Merlot and Chardonnay on the upper slopes. Beyond that, deeper into
the picturesque landscape of vines with the Andean backdrop, are
many smaller vineyards, some of which form part of the 'Wine Route'
and offer charming overnight accommodation. Try a glass of
delicious Carménère red wine - the grape was originally from the
Bordeaux region of France but is now almost exclusively grown in