If there is something that catches the attention of first-time visitors in Chile, it is how the same territory can host such a diversity of amazing landscapes and climates. The north is the perfect area for those who prefer heat, and the south is for those who prefer the cold. Chile also abounds in islands, ancient glaciers, deserts, mountain ranges, forests and more.
The Valparaíso Casablanca Valley area, 100 kilometers from the capital, Santiago, also represents a small, diverse Chile that delights the senses.
In the Casablanca Valley, there are many who choose to tour some of the more than 10 vineyards by bicycle. In a couple of hours, one gets an idea of why this area, abundant in fields and wine producers, is so renowned for its cold-climate red and white wines.
For the most demanding tourists, there is the possibility of preparing your own wine in suitable facilities. Together with an assistant and without the need to have prior knowledge, those who are seduced by this possibility will be able to take on their own preparations.
If your interest is in cooking amazing dishes with local products, one can cook alongside renowned chefs.
Meanwhile, increasingly popular options are “unplugged” picnics. By just purchasing a ticket, one can feel as though one is on a true walk in the middle of the countryside, listening to renowned musicians and soloists in an environment adorned by vineyards, aromas and cocktails.
If one prefers the cultural angle, one can visit a wine museum and the Archaeological and Anthropological Museum of the City.
In Valparaíso, a historic port area, the options are as varied as they are entertaining. Touring the hills on foot, taking photos of their colorful houses that seem to dangle on the hillside, or riding in historic trolleybuses (now electric buses), make for an adventure that is difficult to forget.