Traveling with my husband in Chile, we wanted to have a nice break in Santiago after trekking for a few days in Torres del Paine. We took ages to find a nice boutique hotel in a good area- most of them are well situated but lack a certain charm. Nonetheless, we found L'Ambassade Petit Hotel Santiago in Providencia and it was just what we wanted- intimate and with a swimming pool. Picture this: delicious breakfast on our own private terrace, lunch by the swimming pool, private city tour (a must!) and the young and dynamic Franco-Chilean owners are charming and very helpful. A definite must in Santiago.
They call themselves an urban exploration company, and I guess thats a good description. Basically a really cool and different way to explore Santiago and see the city's real side. Foto Ruta offers group events every Saturday which begin with a photography workshop and an introduction to the area, and then in groups people go out with a map and set of clues and explore the city.
I found it to be by far the most interesting activity in Santiago, which doesnt tend to have a huge amount on offer for tourists. So i'd highly recommend it, even to people are arent interested in photography!
Banos Colina is a natural hot spring in the Chilean Andes at the head of the Maipo valley, a short drive from Santiago. The water emerges from the rock and cascades down a series of pools, each slightly less hot than the previous one, so that you can find the temperature that suits you. There are simple changing huts, car parking, and at weekends and holidays, a masseuse is available. After a walk in the mountains towards the snowline, and a long, therapeutic wallow in the milky-blue water, what better way to end a day than a half-hour massage while you gaze up at the snowy peaks. You can also stop at a farm on the way up into the mountains, to buy freshly-baked bread and home-made cheese to keep you going all day. A memorable and totally refreshing day out in the mountains.
About 40 minutes by car from central Santiago.
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This tour guide offers you the best tours related to Chilean wine, food, culture and nature. Far away from the main-stream tourism you can explore country and people interactively.
Tailor made and special interest tours.
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In the middle of March every year is the Celebration of the Chilean Grape. This traditional celebration takes place in Buin which is a great venue for crafts, gastronomy, culture and folklore. Also the most prestigious vines of the country participate every year. It is a great opportunity to be in contact with the magic of wine and to enjoy activities, services and tourist circuits in one of the best rural boroughs of Santiago.
Avda. Parque O`Higgins de Buin, Santiago, CHILE.
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