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Destination(s): Lima

Centro Cultural Recoleta

Centro Cultural Recoleta

  • Junín 1930
  • tel:+54 11 4803 1040
  • Visit website
  • Buenos Aires, 1113
Plaza Francia

Plaza Francia

  • Avenida del Libertador, entre Agote y Pueyrredón
  • tel:+54 (0)11 4372 3612 (Tourist Information)
  • Buenos Aires, 1405
San Pedro Telmo Antiques Fair

San Pedro Telmo Antiques Fair

  • Dorrego Square
  • Defensa and Humberto, 1
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  • Buenos Aires
Vina Cousino Macul

Vina Cousino Macul

  • Calle Quilin, 7100
  • tel:(56 2) 351 4135 – 351 4166
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  • Santiago

This wine tour takes you through around the grounds and into the cellars of the Cousiño Macul winery, a short bus ride from downtown Santiago in the co. The tour is conducted in either English or Spanish and includes tastings en route, where you hold your glass as you are told about the wines. Tastings include a winery souveneir glass and the tasting of one varietal and one reserve wine.

The tours last 45 minutes, and have a cost of 7,000 CLP (around fifteen dollars at press time). Tours are given Monday through Friday at 11 am, 12 noon, 3 pm and 4 pm in English and Spanish, and on Saturdays at 11 am and 12 noon in English and Spanish. Groups should make arrangements beforehand.

To get there: take the metro line 4 to the station Quilín, and from there either continue on (at no extra charge when using a BIP card) on the yellow D-17 bus to the winery. Alternately, take a taxi for no more than 2,000 CLP (less than $5 at press time).
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Santa Rita Winery

Santa Rita Winery

  • Camino Padre Hurtado 0695, Alto Jahuel
  • tel:(56-2) 3622520, (56-2) 3622594,
  • Visit website
  • Santiago

Santa Rita Winery is a unique find in the area, inasmuch as visiting the winery is a walk through the history of the wines,  and the land, but also gives a privileged view into a rare private art collection (no pictures, please!). Hotel Casa Real and Restaurant La Casa de Doña Paula are onsite, if you don't want to let the afternoon go by without a tasty lunch or if a weekend away is just what the doctor ordered.

Monday through Friday, the tours cost 8,600 CLP (less than $20 at press time), and include a tour of the cellars, through the winery's main plant and where the vinification process is explained a tasting, with a souvenier glass and two Premium wine tastings, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and a tour through the museum which contains pre-and post conquest (Precolombian and Postcolombian items) containing some 2,000 pieces. Tour times are at 11:30 AM or 4:00 PM.

On Saturdays and Sundays, the tours come with lunch (but no tasting, that's 5,000 extra), where the minimim expenditure per person is 12,500 CLP (approximately $25). Tour times on the weekends are 12:30 PM (1 PM lunch) and 2 PM start (with a 2PM lunch and 3:30 tour.)

To get to Viña Santa Rita, take the metrotren (not the metro) from Estación Central to Buin (about 40 minutes), and from there, walk one block south and take a colectivo (shared taxi) or bus number 81 to the entrance of the viña, from which the restaurant is about a 20 minute walk. Alternatively, take a taxi from Buin for less than 5,000 pesos (about $10).


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Vina La Montana

Vina La Montana

  • Fundo El Peumo, Camino Santa Luisa s/n
  • tel:5622649846, 56-9-3519187
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  • Paine

If you're stuck between doing something outdoorsy and adventurous, or going wine tasting, wonder no more. This family estate/wine producer has combined the best of both worlds with European-style ziplining (with imported handbrakes) and a beautiful hike through their hilly terrain before a delicious lunch of excellent thick grilled cuts of steak with a fresh, leafy salad, fresh cheese, fruit and top-notch wine for your effort.

You'll have to figure our your own transportation to this spot, or come on an organized tour, but you won't be disappointed. For those who've never ziplined, learning is easy, and the hike is rugged, but not out of the ordinary for people in reasonable condition. The younger set will also enjoy the open-air truck ride to get to the hiking start, and will make use of the time to listen to the knowlegeable guides speak about the history of the land and the wine. The winery is a project of Pérez Cruz winery owner Andres Perez, and boasts four varieties, which are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cot and Petit Verdot. He has used the land to its maximum advantage, cultivating just 8 acres of this 4,000 acre wooded area, and has preserved the rest of it in its natural state for hiking and interpretative trails.

Make sure to go down at least one of the ziplines first to catch the look on your friends' faces as they come flying at you, helmeted and harnessed.
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Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer Statue

Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer Statue

  • Rua Cosme Velho 513
  • tel:+55 21 558 1329
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  • Rio de Janeiro, 22241-090

The sweeping vista takes in white sand beaches, urban mountain and jungle, bays dotted with boats, towering skyscrapers and, of course, the magnificent Sugar Loaf mountain. As you stand at the feet of the Christ, you will be able to pick out other city landmarks such as Copacabana beach and the world-famous Maracana football stadium. Standing with outstretched arms, embracing the stunning cityscape below, the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Christo Redentor) is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The statue stands atop the 700-metre Corcovado (meaning hunchback) mountain, and to come to Rio without visiting 'the big guy' would be simply unthinkable. Indeed, in 2007 the Christo Redentor was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by the New Open World Corporation. At 39.6 metres tall and weighing 700 tons, the Christ statue is an impressive sight in itself, but it is the views from his mountain-top home, high amid the trees of the Tjuca Forest, that really make the trip a must do. read more about Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer Statue

Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf)

Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf)

  • Praia Vermelha
  • Urca
  • tel:+55 21 2461 2700
  • Visit website
  • Rio de Janeiro, 22290-270

It may be more than a little touristy, but there´s many a good reason why visitors flock to take the cable car ride up to the top of Sugar Loaf mountain. Rising sheer out of the ocean and towering almost 400 meters above Guanabara Bay, the mountain offers spectacular views from its peak.  A dizzying two-stage cable car ride takes in sweeping vistas of the city, and once you reach the top you´ll be in no doubt as to why Rio de Janeiro is known as the Cidade Maravilhosa (marvelous city).  As condors soar overhead, can  look out over the mountains, dense jungle and those world famous city beaches. Take time to wander around and catch your breath; at the top of Sugar Loaf you will find snack bars, toilets and plenty of prime photo opportunities. At the bottom you will find the small but perfectly formed Praia Vermelha beach, a military barracks (making this perhaps the safest neighborhood in Rio) and a delightful short trail that will take you along a path overhung by trees that are home to plentiful marmosets and exotic birds. Dawn is the perfect time to visit Pão de Açucar to catch the best of the wildlife, before the crowds arrive and drive some of the shyer creatures away. read more about Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf)

Circuito de Playas "Costa Verde"

Circuito de Playas "Costa Verde"

  • Desde Magdalena hasta Chorrillos
  • tel:+51 1 574 8000
  • Lima, LM 18
Cruz del Sur

Cruz del Sur

  • Javier Prado Este 1109
  • tel:+51 1 3115050
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  • La Victoria, Lima13

Cruz del Sur has just turned 50 and is by far the leader company operating passenger buses in Peru: it offers the highest standards of customer service, and it currently covers 75% of the routes in the departments of Peru, connecting Lima to main cities and tourist areas such as: Arequipa, Cuzco, Puno, Paracas, Ica, Nazca Lines, Tacna, Chiclayo, Trujillo, Cajamarca, Huaraz, Máncora, Piura, Ayacucho, Huancayo and more.

Its top-notch services, called Cruzero and Cruzero suite, include a good meal on board and a bingo game, with another bus ticket as the main prize. Recommendable specially for long trips, since you can have a nap on your "anatomic semi-bed seat" and/or have fun watching movies

Cruz del Sur has very strict safety measures to avoid being assaulted on the route, drivers are switched every four hours and and its buses are under perfect maintenance, unlike those from cheaper companies.

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