Travel sidebar Santiago de Chile

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 September, 2012, 11:07am

Getting there: Chile's national airline LAN lan.com flies to Santiago de Chile from Madrid, Sydney and Los Angeles. Last Frontiers lastfrontiers.com arranges tailor-made trips through South America, including Chile and Santiago.

Staying there: Noi Vitacura (noivitacura.cl/en/) in exclusive Vitacura has large rooms with all the mod cons and luxuries expected of a five-star hotel: Wi-fi, fitness centre, library, and rooftop swimming pool. Doubles from US$399

Eating: Providencia, the next barrio along from Vitacura, is foodie heaven. For lunch visit Aquí Está Coco (aquiestacoco.cl), a seafood specialist. Nearby is the classic Peruvian-French restaurant Astrid y Gastón (astridygaston.cl).

Wine: the Casablanca winemaking valley lies to the west of Santiago. Specialist tour firm Santiago Adventures can arrange one-day wine-tasting trips from the capital to vineyards such as the small Corcoran Gallery and Kingston Family Vineyards, and lunch at the larger Casas del Bosque vineyard. santiagoadventures.com