Chile

Tips and Articles in Chile

(25) Colchagua Valley Vineyards on the verge in Chile As a country, Chile has long been saddled with a reputation for inexpensive one-note varietals. Wine makers, however, have wised up in the past decade: they'vebegun experimenting with different...
Adventurers have always trekked to Chile to tour its mountains, valleys, lakes, and deserts. Now they have even more to discover. Over the past few years, the government has opened some 30 official diving sites along the 2,650-mile coast—ranging f...
Chile's most luxurious hotel, Explora en Atacama Lodge, has finally given guests a sybaritic way to rest their weary bones: the Turi Puri spa. After a day of horseback riding and hiking in the Atacama Desert, the world's driest expanse of land, vi...
The latest train trips give you plenty of reasons to get on board. India's Deccan Odyssey (800/824-6342; www.deccan-odyssey-india.com; from $350 a night per person) comes with every amenity imaginable—including a spa car. Now there's no excuse for...
Each year, nearly 25,000 travelers visit Easter Island (Rapa Nui); most come to see the moai—massive stone statues weighing up to 300 tons that are spread across the Chilean island. These mysterious figures, thought to have been carved 500 to 1,20...
As a wine writer, I love visiting winemakers in their tasting rooms, sampling small-production rarities I can’t find at home. But that’s hardly the only benefit of traveling to great viticultural regions. Wine tastes better at its source, and vine...
Santiago has long been saddled with a grim, smoggy, spiritless image, and until recently the less-than-alluring metropolis at the base of the Andes served mostly as a portal to Chile's more captivating charms, including the Atacama Desert and the ...
Barrio Bellavista, Santiago's rowdy bohemian enclave of artists' studios and bars, is now welcoming a more refined crowd. Here, where to find the best of the area. CULTURE La Chascona museum (0192 Fernando Márquez de la Plata; 56-2/777-8741), in t...
When Germán del Sol learned about a forgotten manuscript discovered 20 years ago amid the remains of a sunken 17th-century Spanish galleon, he became a man obsessed. The chronicle told of a creek on Mount Villarrica, a snowcapped volcano, where th...
The remaining U.S. wilderness Think of it this way: there's a finite amount of it, and it's shrinking. The wolves of Yellowstone, for example, so successfully reintroduced seven years ago, are again the target of ranchers in Wyoming and Idaho unha...
See our slideshow of the World’s Highest Hotels. High in Peru’s Andes Mountains, nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, you start to feel the onset of what locals call mal de montaña—altitude sickness. Your head pounds, your body feels weak, and your...
Mexico $145 • Veracruz As coastal Mexico slowly gives way to a glut of high-rises and libidinous throngs of tourists, a few tucked-away treasures hold tight to their cultural roots, not to mention a high standard of innovative indigenous design....
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 Mapu...
A few months ago, I found myself standing on a grassy hillside on Easter Island, looking up at a giant stone head. The scene was uncannily similar to those I'd sketched in colored pencil as a kid, when I was obsessed with the place, mostly because...
Our favorite new shop in South America is a feel-good find. Pop into Santiago's Makelawen pharmacy (228 San Antonio; 56-2/638-3135) for a soothing Uñoperken remedy, made with chamomile flowers, or Ireire tea, infused with white cedar. Owned an...