Located in the central valley, the Chilean capital of Santiago boasts a landscape consisting of snow-capped mountains and the shimmering shores of the Pacific. Given its proximity to snow and sea, it’s not uncommon for people to try skiing and surfing in the same day (if you’re adventurous enough!). An exciting city tour of the area will take you to the renowned Plaza de Armas, a hub for trade and meet-ups, as well as the famous Cathedral and Post Office situated within the main square.
Santiago is also a perfect stepping stone for exploring other nearby areas such as Viña del Mar and Valparaiso. Valparaiso is a World Heritage Site with a colorful history running through its core, while Viña del Mar has been dubbed the “Garden City” for its plethora of green spaces. After visiting these idyllic cities, you’ll commence the first of your many winery tours at the Concha y Toro winery in Pirque, a short drive from Santiago.
On the last leg of your trip, visit the Atacama and move towards one of the most important archaeological sites of the area. Get to visit Pukará de Quitor, a Pre-Hispanic stone fortress constructed by the indigenous that dates back to the 17th-century along with what is known as the “Culture of San Pedro” at the village of Tulor and many more places to explore before you fly back home.