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5 Reasons to Summer in Santiago

While in Europe, the U.S. and Canada you are getting out your heavy sweaters and winter jackets, in Chile we are getting ready for a long and warm summer, with sunny blue skies during the day and cool nights brought by the Andes! Even with high temperatures in summer in Santiago, at night the temperature always drops by at least 10 degrees which is perfect for sleeping! Chile has been

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Fiestas Patrias in Chile: Culture & Folklore – start of the Chilean summer

Fiestas Patrias: colorful traditions in Chile on the 18th of September burst out alive to celebrate their independence from the Spanish Conquistadores. Are you ready for some tasty asado while watching a cueca? The 18th of September or the “dieciocho” is without doubt the most popular and most celebrated national holiday of Chile!   The Fiestas Patrias started as a celebration to celebrate their independence from the Spanish Conquistadores (that

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Stargazing Tour In Chile at a Private Observatory – a must do while visiting Santiago!

Chile is a fantastic holiday destination. From the Atacama desert to Patagonia – you won’t be bored for a minute! Have you ever explored the universe through a telescope? Near Santiago we at Chile Off Track offer a tour at a private Observatory hidden in the Andes Mountains where an Astronomer takes you into the wonders of stargazing! Chilean Skies – stargazing at an Observatory In Chile you can find

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The Diversity of Chile’s Vineyards – part 1

Dos Andes is the new name for VC Family Estates (Viña Córpora), the leading producer in the Bío Bío region of Chile. Dos Andes are focusing quite strongly on Bío Bío (now 400 hectares), but have vineyards across a range of regions, with 1500 hectares under vine throughout Chile, and now also in Argentina (Neuquén and Rio Negro valleys in Patagonia). Expansion has been quite rapid of late; just 1000

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MOVI wines – a new movement in Unique & Boutique wineries in Chile

One thing that Chile’s wine scene has lacked: boutique wineries. In most new world countries, it’s the small, pioneering wineries that have led. But in Chile, everything has been on quite a large scale. Wineries owned by rich dudes with hundreds of hectares of vineyards each. It’s hard to be interesting and dynamic when you are huge, and sometimes Chile’s wines have been a bit safe and boring. For this

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Chilean Slang… very difficult to understand!

It is easy to get lost in the Chilean jungle of Chilenismos! If you have some Spanish background, can you guess what the following words mean? “Cachai?” = do you understand? “Weon” = dude “Chela” = beer “Bakán” = cool, great “La raja” = very cool “Carrete” = party “Ni cagando’ = no way! “Al tiro”= right now, straight away “Que lata”= bad luck, what a pity And a lot

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Winemaker’s paradise: Chile, the fastest wine growing region of the world – part 2

When the old world came to Chile the traditional winemakers from Italy and France immediately recognised Chile’s potential for its steady climate, quality of soil and unspoilt natural conditions. Due to its geography Chile is much like an island which very much protects its flora & fauna. Therefore we can often find grape varieties back in Chile, which were extinct in Europe due to the Phylloxera plague. By the end of the

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Winemaker’s paradise: Chile, the fastest wine growing region of the world – part 1

The last 20 years Chile has explored other areas outside of the traditional Maipo valley and have moved to cooler micro-climates like hillside and cool-valley vineyards closer to the coast like Casablanca and Colchagua. This led to new productions other than the traditional Cabernet Sauvignon, like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and extraordinary blends like the Chardonnoir (Bodegas RE). The arrival of Chile in the established old world wine producers caused

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Yesssss, it’s a long plane ride…but very rewarding!

Isn’t Chile amazing?! A small paradise at the end of the world! Land in Santiago and explore up North the Atacama Desert and The Lake District & Patagonia in the South! Chile is 4300 km long and 200 to 300 km wide. The extreme parts are not very populated but there are possibilities to do tours and to explore. Chile has about 10 different zones with each its own climate

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Chile…pristine nature, from Atacama Desert to Patagonia

Hot springs, desert, temperate rainforest and the Majestic Andes! Culture & Festivals…and lots more to explore! Did you know the Atacama desert is the driest desert in the world? Have you ever swam in an oasis in the desert? Or soak in a hollow tree trunk filled with hot thermal spring water? Did you know Chile produces some world class wines that even beat the Super Tuscans and Bordeaux wines in complexity

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