At the beginning of the year, The Telegraph published a list with the 20 destinations to visit in 2017. Chile took the first spot on the ranking, above countries like Canada, Spain and New Zealand. The English newspaper highlighted the diverse geography of our country as well as our national parks that showcase these contrasts. In addition to this, the list made reference to the wine culture of the country and emphasized the different tours that can be taken around Chile’s wineries.
On that same note, CNN included the Maipo Valley in the list of the best wine tours and trails. The online publication put Chile head to head with the Napa Valley in California, USA, and the Alsace region in France, two of the most important wine producing areas of the world. The Maipo Valley is located in the outskirts of Santiago and is accessible by car. It is there where most of Chile’s wineries have their vineyards, due to this, CNN referred to the area as the birthplace of Chile’s wine industry.
On the other hand, the New York-based magazine Travel and Leisure highlighted the country’s culinary offer in their article “The Foods you Have to Eat in Chile”. The list recommends different dishes that reflect Chile’s rich gastronomy, among those the traditional empanada de pino stands out, alongside other preparations typical of particular areas of the country. Such is the case of the Patagonian soup, a dish prepared with seafood that comes from the southernmost parts of the country.
Travel and Leisure and The Telegraph both have dedicated pieces to Santiago on previous occasions. The former made a list with 11 reasons to visit Santiago before everyone else does. The Santa Lucía Hill, Mercado Central (where you can get fresh produce and seafood) and Valle Nevado Ski Center are only some of the reasons mentioned by the magazine. On the other hand, The Telegraph published an itinerary to enjoy one weekend in Santiago, where they included visits to The House of Government (La Moneda Palace), Museo de Arte Precolombino (Precolumbian Museum), and Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center (GAM).
In addition to all of the above, other media outlets like Forbes, Travel Weekly and National Geographic have also dedicated pieces to the country’s tourist attractions, positioning Chile as one of the most recommended destinations for the year.