Chile

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Chile

Colchagua Valley

In another New World region, Chile's Colchagua Valley, vintners are producing cellars full of relatively undiscovered premium reds. The Residencia Histórica de Marchihue, some 80 miles south of Santiago, is an 18th-century estate transformed by its Italian-Chilean owners into a 22-room hotel. Standout features include the owners' art and antiques collection as well as a superb restaurant. 2009 Smart Luxury Award winner

Colchagua Valley, 011-56-72-823-199, www.colchaguavalley.cl
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Elqui Valley

Chile’s national cocktail, the pisco sour, derives from grapes grown in this semi-arid mountain country. Capel is the major producer, but the smaller 3R distillery near idyllic Pisco Elqui offers more personalized tours.

Solar de Pisco 3R, www.rrr.cl/treserres.html
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LAN Airlines

Good news for those of us who love South America’s dizzying array of destinations: LAN, the airline of Chile, has stepped it up in a crowded marketplace and is offering the first nonstop flight from San Francisco to Lima, Peru. Business class fares have gone so low as to occasionally beat the economy rates of competitors. With the most extensive network of destinations in South America, LAN Airlines serves more than 50 cities throughout the region. 2010 Smart Luxury Award winner

, 866-435-9526, www.lan.com
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Museo a Cielo Abierto

In port city Valparaiso, take the Espíritu Santo funicular (corner of Aldunate and Huito streets) to the top of Cerro Bellavista. Here, among winding hillside streets lined with colorful tin houses, beautiful murals adorn walls and staircases.

, www.allvalparaiso.com
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Parque Metropolitano and Cerro San Cristóbal

This terraced park features a zoo, botanical garden, pools and playgrounds. Ride the gondola up to Cerro San Cristóbal’s summit where a giant Virgin Mary statue and sweeping Santiago views await.

, 011-56-2-730-1331, www.parquemet.cl
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Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

Whether backpacking the circuit, kayaking along deep fjords, trekking across Glacier Grey, or touring the park on horseback, experiencing this region's craggy mountain vistas, brilliant spectrum of lakes, and fascinating wildlife is exhilarating.

Torres del Paine, www.torresdelpaine.com
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Plaza de Armas

Head to this plaza for a taste of Chilean culture Pisco Elqui – children eating ice cream, old men playing chess, and friends and families gathered on benches. Nearby, the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art houses ancient treasures.

off of Paseo Ahumada,
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The Andean slopes

Any of Chile’s nine major resorts are worthy of carving tracks, but professional-caliber Portillo near Santiago is a real standout.

Ski Portillo Chile, Renato Sánchez 4270, 800-829-5325, www.skiportillo.com
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Valle de la Luna

Scramble up a sand dune in this lunar-like landscape in the sprawling Reserva Nacional los Flamencos for dramatic sunset views. The sun’s glow lights up the Salt Mountains as it fades against a purple desert sky.

Reserva Nacional los Flamencos, www.sanpedroatacama.com
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Volcan Villarica

For the ultimate adrenaline rush and breathtaking views at every step, traverse ash and ice to reach the crater of this 9,300-foot smoking volcano. Operator Politur leads tours from Pucón.

Avenue O’Higgins 635, www.politur.com
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