Product: A ten day trip to Chile for 2 including flights. and accomodation
No country is more stretched out than Chile. Measuring 4,300km long but barely 65km wide at its narrowest point, it’s a country of huge diversity – from the spectacular deserts of the north to the icy, penguin-tottered south.
That’s why it helps to have an expert on hand when booking a trip here – experts such as Journey Latin America, which has been creating award-winning holidays to Chile and across the region for over 30 years. Its staff have an unrivalled knowledge of every corner of Latin America. Now they want to take you to Chile…
Santiago is a stunner. Set against the snow-sparkly Andes, and lush with tree-filled parks, it’s a contender for world’s most handsome capital. Add in narrow streets a-bustle with stalls, fantastic food and a palpable buzz, and you’ve a super spot for a city break.
The historic core is ideal for exploring on foot – from the vibrant Plaza de Armas to the well-worth-it Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. For the ultimate taster, take a gastronomic tour with a local chef – peruse the produce at a traditional Chilean market, learn a few culinary skills then tuck into a tasty lunch, washed down with pisco sours.
Ocean deep, valley highs
Valparaiso is a quirkier proposition. Just 90 minutes’ drive from Santiago, this historic port is characterised by rainbow-bright houses, tumbling down to the quay. Negotiate its atmospheric amphitheatre of hills, by walking or try the rickety-looking ascensores (funicular lifts) . There are atmospheric hotels too – try Casa Gervasoni, a 19th-century mansion with period charm and an excellent wine bar.
But to really savour Chile’s finest drops, head inland to the Casablanca Valley. Here, the climate is cool, the hills verdant and the wines – largely fresh, crisp whites – delicious. Stay at a vineyard for a full vino immersion: walk amid the grapes, learn how the wines are made and allow plenty of time for tastings. Salud!
For more information head to www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk
How to Enter
Journey Latin America is offering one lucky Wanderlust reader and a friend the chance to win a ten-day trip to Chile, including time in Santiago, Valparaiso and the Casablanca Valley, flights with LATAM, B&B accommodation and some excursions. To enter, simply answer the following question:
Q: When did conquistador Pedro de Valdivia first found the city of Santiago?
a) 1541<----------MY ANSWER (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_de_Valdivia)
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Rules: One entry per person.
Closing date for entries is 22 October 2014.
Entrants must be aged 18 or over. The winner must be a UK resident. Proof of address may be required.
The holiday is based on two guests over 18 years of age sharing a room.
Prize Itinerary: Day 1) Depart Heathrow and fly with LATAM overnight to Santiago.
Day 2) On arrival you’ll be met at the airport and taken by private vehicle to the modern and comfortable Atton el Bosque hotel for a 3 night stay. https://www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk/destinations/chile/places-to-visit/santiago-and-the-vineyards/places-to-stay/atton-el-bosque
Day 3) You will have a private excursion which will acquaint you with some of Santiago’s more interesting landmarks and neighbourhoods on foot, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere of the city.
Day 3) Today you will take a tantalising gastronomic tour through the bustling aisles of a traditional Chilean market to learn about, and purchase, fresh merchandise ahead of your culinary experience at El Galeon restaurant, where you will enjoy a refreshing pisco sour before having lunch.
Day 4) You will be picked up at the appointed time and taken to the main port of Valparaiso, 1 ½ hrs drive away. You will have the day free to explore the maize of streets and alleyways that cover the hills of this enchanting city.
Stay 2 nights at the quirky Casa Gervasoni hotel, a rambling 19th century mansion refurbished to its former glory, located in one of the most beautiful hills of the city with wonderful views over the bay.
Day 5) Morning walking excursion of Valparaiso around the quay and hillside, using some public transport including one of the 15 rickety-looking ascensores (funicular inclined plane lift) to the top of one of the rippling amphitheatre of hills.
Day 7) Today you will be driven back inland towards the beautiful Matetic Winery, where you will spend 2 nights. Your stay includes a tour of the winery and a wine tasting session. https://www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk/destinations/chile/places-to-visit/valparaiso-vina-del-mar/places-to-stay/la-casona-at-matetic-vineyard
Day 8) You will have this day at leisure to enjoy the hotel and it’s lovely wines.
Day 9) Drive back to Santiago airport for return to the UK with LATAM.
Day 10) Arrive back at Heathrow.
The holiday includes: Two international flights in economy with LATAM, from Heathrow; airport taxes are included; all transport in Chile is included – either on a shared or private basis; there are three excursions: half-day walking tour of Santiago, half-day culinary excursion in Santiago, private walking city tour of Valparaiso.
Breakfast only is included at all hotels, except for the winery where full board is included.
Accommodation is based on superior hotels.
Travel insurance, travel inoculations, visas, travel costs to arrive at Heathrow or take you back home from the airport, and spending money are not included.The holiday must be booked by 31 November 2014 for travel from 01 November – 30 November 2014 or 01 May – 30 June 2015. The holiday is subject to availability and as such can take three to four weeks to confirm. It is therefore advisable to state as much flexibility as possible in terms of travel dates and to give as much notice as possible.
Travel over Christmas, New Year, Carnival or Easter is not permitted.
The winner and his/her guest must be in possession of a valid passport at the time of booking.
British passport holders do not require a visa for Chile.
If you are not in possession of a British passport you should contact the Chilean Embassy for the latest advice on entry visas.
The prize cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative.
The promoter (Journey Latin America) reserves the right to provide an alternative prize of similar value should the specified prize become unavailable for any reason. If the elements listed are unavailable then an equivalent of the same or greater value will be used.
The Promoter (Journey Latin America) nor any other person or party associated with this promotion shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered (including, but not limited to, indirect or consequential loss or damage) or personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with either participation in this promotion or with any prizes offered.
The promoter (Journey Latin America) reserves the right to cancel or amend the terms of this prize and without notice in the unlikely event of a major catastrophe, war, earthquake or any actual, anticipated or alleged breach of any applicable law or regulation or any similar event or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
Those entering after the competition close date will not be counted.
The winner will be selected randomly.
Attempts will be made to notify the winner by the email provided at the time of entry.
If the promoter (Journey Latin America), having used reasonable efforts, is unable to contact the winner, then the prize is forfeited and further draw(s) will be conducted.
The winner will liaise with Journey Latin America.
The winner may be required to take part in reasonable publicity as specified by the Promoter.
The prize is non-transferable.
The Promoter (Journey Latin America) cannot be held liable for IT system failures or delays or loss of entries.
This promotion is operated under the rules and regulations of the UK sales.
Optional activities and travel insurance is not included in the prize. It is strongly advised that you take out travel insurance for the relevant period.
Employees of Journey Latin America, Wanderlust, LATAM or Turismo Chile, all other prize partners, its agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion, and their families, are excluded from entering this competition.
The organizer reserves the right to cancel this competition, or to change any condition of this competition, without notice.
Acceptance of these terms and conditions and Journey Latin America’s standard booking conditions is a condition of entry.
No purchase necessary.