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Just the thought of Chile makes my mouth water. I can remember noshing on fresh seafood ceviche with hints of citrus, and overdosing on empanadas de pino, heavenly pockets filled with a mixture of ground beef, onions, raisins, black olives and hard boiled eggs. Plus there’s nothing quite like sipping on a rich glass of Carmenère while overlooking a Chilean vineyard.

It’s a mouthwatering country.

Food in Chile

You Can Win a Scrumptious Trip for 2 to Chile!

Lucky for you, the Chile a la Carte Sweepstakes has just begun and is giving you the chance to  win a 9-day culinary adventure through this delectable country. This trip is not just for the food lover (though you will be dining like a king throughout) it’s also for the adventurer who wants to horse trek along the beach, ride on a private yacht and bicycle through the parks.

It’s a bucket list worthy trip.

Dock in Chile

What You’ll Win:

  • Roundtrip economy class flights for two people from anywhere in the continental United States, via LAN Airlines
  • Two days at an eco-lodge on Chiloé Island; Activities include kayaking, visiting the Dalcahue market and horseback riding
  • A private cooking class with Carolina Bazán, master chef at Ambrosia in Santiago; dinner that night at Ambrosia as Chef Bazán’s guest.
  • Two nights at Casa Real, the former landowner’s estate at the Santa Rita winery, located in the Maipo Valley. Includes ultra premium tasting tour at Santa Rita
  • Two days at UNESCO port town of Valparaíso
  • Three outfits per person (total of six) from Toad & Co
  • A mixed case of Santa Rita wine
  • A $250 gift certificate from Wine.com
  • Travel gear for two from Eagle Creek

The vineyard of Chile

The Itinerary

Day 1

Depart US gateway for Santiago. Included meals: dinner aboard your LAN flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to domestic flight to Chiloé. Transfer to your base at one of South America’s most admired eco-lodges, Tierra Chiloé (or similar upscale boutique), included meals: breakfast aboard LAN flight, lunch and dinner in Chiloé.

Day 3

Maritime adventure aboard the Williche private yacht. Dalcahue market visit. Kayaks and sea urchins. Lodging @ Tierra Chiloé (or similar upscale boutique), included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Kayak in Chile

Day 4

Horseback ride and seaweed foraging walk along the beach. Transfer and fly to Santiago. Dinner on your own in Santiago. Lodging @ Hotel Luciano K (or similar upscale boutique), included meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 5

Market-to-table visit and cooking class with Carolina Bazán. Tonight return to Ambrosía for dinner as guests of Carolina Bazán. Lodging @ Hotel Luciano K (or similar upscale boutique, included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 6

Explore Santiago through its many parks by bike. Break for a picnic lunch under the trees. Late afternoon transfer to the Santa Rita winery in the nearby Maipo Valley. Lodging at the splendid Casa Real, the old landowner’s estate which has been lovingly converted into a 16 room boutique lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 7

Ultra premium tasting tour of Santa Rita winery, including a walk through the gardens. Lodging at Casa Real. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 8

Transfer to the characterful bustling UNESCO port town of Valparaíso, or Valpo, as locals call it. Explore Valpo’s storied hilly streets by foot and funicular railways (ascensores), including a stop into La Sebastiana, one of three houses of the much beloved Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Lodging at Casa Higueras (or similar upscale boutique) Included meals: breakfast, lunch.

Day 9

After a last, unstructured morning to reflect on the poetry of Neruda, Chile and this trip, transfer to the nearby nearby seaside resort town of Viña del Mar, stopping for one last, splendid meal. Transfer to the Santiago airport with plenty of time to check in for your LAN airlines flight home. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner aboard flight.

 

Chilean Dish

Are you ready for a taste of Chile?

It’s easy to enter to win, just visit the Chile a la Carte website, click on the red “Enter to Win” button in the top right corner and fill out the simple form. Then cross your fingers and start to dream. It’d be GREAT if one of my readers one the trip, so I could live vicariously through them!

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Charcuterie in Chile
Hurry, because the sweepstakes end at 11:59 PM EST, March 4, 2016! More information can be found on the sweepstakes website.