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Highlights of Middle Chile

1. The land, simply

So it’s not as awe inspiring as the scenic south, but the central part of Chile is dotted with lively coastal towns, while rich farmland and wine valleys splay at the foot of the Andes. 

2. Valparaíso

The bohemian city, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is built haphazardly on 16 volcanoes and is one of the most interesting cities in the country, with multi-colored facades and great views of the gritty port. 

3. Wineries

Middle Chile is home to several wine valleys and famous wineries, which you can spend days touring. 

Valle de Maipo, about an hour from Santiago, hosts 20 wineries including Chile’s largest, Concha y Toro. Valle del Cachapoal, near Rancagua (about 80km south of Santiago) has around 14 wineries. Valle de Colchagua (about 130 km south of Santiago) has over 20 wineries and hosts a wine festival in March. Valle de Curicó (about 200 km south of Santiago), near the town of Curicó is famous for its quality red wine and has a three-day wine festival in March. Valle de Maule (roughly 240 km south of Santiago) is Chile’s largest wine valley. Half of the wine exported from Chile each year is produced here. 

4. Ski resorts

High up in the spectacular Andean range are several world-class ski resorts. Valle Nevado and El Colorado are most popular with tourists, due to their close location to Santiago. All of the ski centers in the region have on-site accommodation and provide lessons for beginners. More adventurous types can even heli-ski. 

By Noleen Turner
I'm originally from Northern Ireland but have lived in Santiago de Chile for over two years. I work in marketing communications and as a writer and...
22 Jun 2009

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