Chile - Valparaiso, Robinson Crusoe island and the wine valleys
A voyage from Pablo Neruda's fascinating and bohemian city of Valparaiso to the islands of Juan Fernández, inspiration for Daniel Defoe's classic tale Robinson Crusoe and then on to the wine valleys.
Days 1-3: From Santiago, driven across the coastal range to the colourful, UNESCO city of Valparaiso, built on countless hills and linked to the lower town by a number of historic funicular railways. Stay 3 nights at the Zero Hotel, a beautiful old house with wonderful views of the bay. Day free to wander the maze of streets, hills and walkways and then a guided to visit to the Cerro La Campana National Park, first visited by Darwin in 1834.
Juan Fernández Islands
Days 4-7: Return to Santiago for a flight to the Isla Robinson Crusoe Island, largest island of the Juan Fernández archipelago. Boat transfer to the Crusoe Island Hotel a comfortable resort with sweeping views of the rugged coastline where you spend 4 nights. The following days are free to explore the island's dramatic scenery with activities from trekking and riding to snorkelling and kayaking.
The wine valleys
Days 8-11: Fly back to Santiago, pick up a hire-car and drive south into the wine valleys. Spend 3 nights at the Casa Silva, a charming boutique winery with wonderful views of the distant Andes. This is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding vineyards or heading into the mountains before you return to Santiago.
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