These are all of my travel blogs about South America.
From exploring Chile’s arid deserts and Argentina’s incredible wine regions, to colourful adventures in Brazil, find out the best places to travel to in my South America travel blogs and travel guides.
Stylish décor, a rooftop swimming pool and one of the best meals I’ve eaten in a while. Welcome to 5 star luxury courtesy of The Singular Hotel, Santiago.
Arriving at The Singular Hotel is a bit like going to visit one of your oldest friends. They welcome you with open arms, ask how your journey was, and leave you to relax on a comfy sofa while they fetch you drinks and treats. It sounds strange to say it, but I felt like I’d been here before.
The Colchagua Valley in Chile is lush, green, and all about wine! Find out the best Colchagua wine tours to make the most of your trip to the region.
When I arrived in the Colchagua Valley I really felt like I’d found my ‘happy place’!
Often overlooked by travellers who visit the country for adventurous trips around Patagonia and the Atacama Desert… it’s an area that’s definitely worth a trip, especially if you’re partial to a glass of carmenere or sauvignon blanc.
While you could take a day trip from Santiago (it’s around three hours by bus), we chose to base ourselves in Santa Cruz for a few days. It’s a small town, so don’t expect a lot of entertainment or dining options, but it was a welcome rest after the hustle and bustle of city life.
With just a few days in the region, we not only squeezed in a few Colchagua wine tours, but also picked up plenty of tips about where else is worth a visit. If you’re considering touring some vineyards, check out my top places to go wine tasting in Chile’s Colchagua Valley .
Architecture and wine – a marriage made in heaven at Lapostolle in the Colchagua Valley.
After our adventurous journey to Viña Montes (which, if you haven’t read about it already, involved walking along the hard shoulder and hitchhiking!) we decided our trip to Lapostolle should be a more civilised affair.
We picked out our best outfits and hopped on board a private minibus from Santa Cruz’s central plaza, to Apalta – a land of lush vineyards. After meeting Lapostolle’s charming PR Manager Diego, we were taken on a private tour of the gardens, vineyards, stunning boutique hotel and of course, the winery itself. I’d heard this was one of the best places to go wine tasting in the Colchagua Valley… I hoped it was true!
Feng shui, gregorian chants and delicious wines – Viña Montes in the Colchagua Valley isn’t your average winery.
“We can walk there,” I said after looking at the map. “It’s a couple of hours away, but the sun is out, and we’ll be able to explore those beautiful vineyards we saw from the bus yesterday. A little romantic adventure!”
I could tell my other half wasn’t convinced, but sometimes when I have one of my ‘bright ideas’ it’s best not to question it. The plan: to walk from the town of Santa Cruz in the heart of Chile’s wine region, the Colchagua Valley to Viña Montes – one of the premier. It wasn’t on our original plan, but the owner of our B&B said it really was one of the best places to go wine tasting in the Colchagua Valley.
So off we went. Flash forward 20 minutes and we’d worked up a thirst, a sweat, and appeared to be wandering through an industrial estate on the outskirts of town. Mechanics attempted to rescue rusting old motors while construction workers hammered bits of metal. Not the best start to our romantic walk through the vineyards. 30 minutes in and we appeared to be on a hard shoulder. Cars, lorries and buses raced past, churning up dust and dirt, almost knocking us over with the motion. Lining the main road – lush green vineyards and fields of fruit trees separated from us by hedges, fences, and, at one point, a rather ferocious looking dog.
We continued our sticky hard shoulder wanderings until we spotted a bus which took us a little closer, before being picked up by a friendly local who saw the universal hitchhiking sign – the thumbs up.
He kindly dropped us at the entrance, and an hour and a half after leaving Santa Cruz we made it to Vina Montes in Apalta. I prayed that they wouldn’t judge our appearance as we arrived for the wine tour… and that it lived up to our B&B owner’s recommendations as the best wine tour in the Colchagua Valley!
It was a striking setting; beyond the rows and rows of vines was a flat roofed architectural dream of a building, with something reminiscent of a moat and drawbridge leading to an enormous front door. If Disney produced wine, this would be the fairy-tale vineyard! Little did I know, water was a key feature of the Montes experience… but hang on, weren’t we here for the wine?!
Unlike anywhere else on the planet, with its rugged landscapes, geysers and lagoons, these are the best places to visit in the Atacama Desert, Chile.
This region of northern Chile is a place full of magic, wonder, and photos just waiting to be taken. When I arrived, I just couldn’t believe the variety of landscapes. Where else in the world do you have epic salt caves, close to vast sand dunes, impressive lagoons, volcanoes, salt flats and geysers. Oh and of course there’s the desert too – officially named the ‘driest place on earth’.
As you can imagine, it’s a region packed full of things to do. I’d recommend spending around a week in the Atacama Desert. It’ll give you a bit of time to acclimatise (after all, this is a region at high altitude) as well as venture off on a few exciting day trips.