24 hours or so on the Chilean mainlaind, so we need to make the most of our time! We were picked up at 8 o’clock by our very friendly guide, Sergio for a trip to the coast.
Valparaiso and Vina del Mar are about an hour’s drive from the Chilean capital Santiago and halfway across the country. Valparaiso is really like nowhere else, with brightly painted houses, many made of corrugated iron, tumbling down steep hillsides towards the sea. It’s probably best to try to get an idea from the pictures…
Vina del Mar is much more sedate, rather like a modern seaside resort in the Med. We had lunch at an excellent Italian restaurant – Don Vito e Zanoni. Again, the pictures probably convey this best.
We finished the day at the Casas del Bosque winery with a tour and some samples of really excellent wine. Their Carmenere is especially good but not sure that you can get it in the UK. I will be looking out for it though.