T+L Reports: Taste the Real Chile
Published: April 2009
By Connie McCabe
Want to see—and taste—the country beyond Patagonia?Slow Travel (www.slowtravel.cl; tours from $120) plans one- to four-day customized expeditions through Chile's central region—think private wine tastings, fishing expeditions, and traditional Mapuche-cooking classes. Founder Francisco Klimscha's work as a Slow Food representative turned him on to things like puren (blue eggs) and black-rimmed calbuco (oysters)—and made him determined to put Chilean food and culture on the global radar. But don't fear a hyperplanned agenda: "We aren't travel guides," Klimscha says. "We just want to go to the markets, cook, and spend a day together." Or four.