Vibrant and modern Santiago sits at the foot of the Andes and is one of the most important capitals of Latin America. Located in the center of the country, Santiago is where most international flights land and the starting point of adventures in central Chile and farther afield. If you want to ski or snowboard on the best slopes in South America, you only have to travel 25 miles east of Santiago and head up the Andes. You’ll find the country’s top ski resorts, with a variety of hotels and restaurants, and equipment rental services and ski slopes for all levels. If instead your idea of exercise is lifting a glass of one of Chile’s famous wines, Santiago is close to the country’s wine regions—the Maipo, Casablanca, and Colchagua Valleys, all of which have wineries with organized tours and tastings, shops, and excellent restaurants. Finally, don´t miss out on Valparaíso. This bohemian port city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is renowned for its beautiful and colorful homes that hang off the hills and look out over the Pacific.
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