Doug’s trip to Santiago, Mendoza & Valparaiso
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Doug’s trip to Santiago, Mendoza & Valparaiso

Mr Hudson Trip Design

Duration 7 days

Mr Hudson Trip Design

Santiago, Mendoza & Valparaiso

Mr Hudson Trip Design

2 Travellers

Doug, what a wonderful vacation you've got ahead of you! You will start your sojourn in Santiago de Chile, a city of syncopated cultural currents, madhouse parties, expansive museums and top-flight restaurants. It's a beautiful place for strolling; each neighbourhood has its unique flavour and tone, and with a growing economy, renovated arts scene and plenty of eccentricity to spare, Santiago is an old-guard city on the cusp of a modern-day renaissance. Your next stop is Mendoza, a name synonymous with wine, and the place where you will base yourself for touring the vineyards and taking a few dozen bottles home. For the last leg of your trip, you're going back to Chile, to spend a few days in Valparaíso, located 1.5 hours north of Santiago on the Pacific coast. A historic city nestled in the hills, Valparaíso is the heart of Chile's bohemian culture. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, it is a special place with historical significance. We are confident that the trip we designed for you has the sightseeing, local culture, rest & relaxation, and being active you're after in spades. We hope you have a lovely time!

Santiago

Santiago

Tucked between the majestic Andes Mountains and the Chilean Coastal Range, Santiago promises a little bit of everything—from world-class museums to thought-provoking street art to leafy neighbourhoods dotted with sidewalk cafes. Santiago’s comfortable Mediterranean climate provides the perfect atmosphere for an amble through one of its many stately hillside parks. And of course, wine lovers won’t want to miss a stop at any of the dozen or so nearby vineyards, where you can sip on top-rated Carmenere and Cab Sauv—yet still make it back to the city centre for dinner. In stark contrast to the oppressive Pinochet years (when homosexuality was suppressed entirely), Santiago now has a large, open and diverse LGBTQ community, with LGBTQ organizations and activists continuing to fight repression to achieve equal rights.

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Santiago Map

Transfers

The next destination on your trip is Mendoza. Mendoza is the capital city of Mendoza province in Argentina and is 364 kilometres from Santiago. It usually takes five to seven hours to drive, depending on traffic and waiting time at the border crossing. If you decide to travel by road you can either take a bus or book a private transfer. If you prefer, it is also possible to take a flight with LATAM Airlines, which gets you there in just under an hour.

Mendoza

Mendoza

Mendoza is a large province (nearly the size of Illinois) that is home to 75% of Argentina’s vineyards and Malbec is the region’s most celebrated grape. Of course, this wasn’t always the case. Malbec’s rise to international fame began in the early 2000s when the country’s political and economic situation stabilised long enough for the wineries to begin investing in improvements once again. Since the 2005 vintage, several producers have garnered top scores for their Malbec wines. So, suffice it to say, Mendoza Malbec isn’t just a pleasant 'mid-week drinking wine', it’s serious business.

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Mendoza Map

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You can travel back to Santiago the same way you came to Mendoza and carry onwards to Valparaíso, which is about an hour and a half by car or bus. Alternatively, it is possible to take a direct bus between Mendoza and Valparaíso, which takes about 8 hours and is said to be a very scenic drive.

Valparaíso

Valparaíso

Syncopated, dilapidated, colourful and poetic, Valparaíso is a wonderful mess. Pablo Neruda, who drew much inspiration from this hard-working port town, said it best: 'Valparaíso, how absurd you are…you haven't combed your hair, you've never had time to get dressed, life has always surprised you.' But Neruda wasn't the only artist to fall for Valparaíso's unexpected charms. Poets, painters and would-be philosophers have long been drawn to Chile's most unusual city. Along with the ever-shifting port population of sailors, dockworkers and prostitutes, they've endowed gritty and gloriously spontaneous Valparaíso with an edgy air of 'anything goes.' Add to this the spectacular faded beauty of its chaotic cerros (hills), some of the best street art in Latin America, a maze of steep, sinuous streets, alleys and escaleras (stairways) piled high with crumbling mansions, and it's clear why some visitors spend more time here than in Santiago. Chile may be on the conservative side of the LGBTQ spectrum, but Valparaíso ranks as one of the gayest places on the entire continent. It's just so Bohemian here – hip, cool, super laid back. There are queer people everywhere, and no one bats an eyelid.

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Valparaíso Map

Bastiaan Ellen
Your trip was designed by Bastiaan Ellen

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