Day trip to Valparaiso

Last weekend we headed to Valparaiso. In case you’re new to Chile, Valparaiso is a lovely port town, located an hour and a half’s drive from Santiago. Valparaiso isn’t just a holiday resort, but a place of life, of history, culture and art. In the 19th century, it served as a major port within Latin America, and became known affectionately…
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Trip to the baha’i temple

A little while ago we visited the Casa de Adoracion de Baha’i (the Baha’i temple) in Penalolen. It’s glorious moment of calm, just a short drive from Santiago centre. It’s a breath of fresh air, both literally and spiritually. The foundation of this place of worship is openness to all. Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith describes it as follows:  ​’Build…
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Trip to the alpaca farm near Santiago

Last week we went to see some friendly alpacas. The largest alpaca farm in Chile, Quintessence, is an hour’s drive from Santiago and it’s a rather pretty drive getting there. I’d taken my kids to see some dinosaurs a few weeks ago, but they got a little scared by the big T-Rex and Triceratops, and I’d heard that alpacas are…
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The best wine tour in the world, 90 minutes from Santiago

Stop press! If you like wine and you live in Santiago please stop what you’re doing and block out a day trip in your diary. Right now. Casa Marin is an award winning boutique winery just an hour and a half’s drive from the city and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Whether you’re a bonafide wine snob or an…
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