The people. The language. The wine!! If you haven’t already noticed I am already missing the place I call my second home. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Chile often, but this time was extra special since I got to bring my boyfriend with! These experiences are ones I will never forget.
Before setting foot in Chile, I wanted to make sure I was ready for the 15+ hour journey getting there. I love to include a few beauty products to bring a little more life to my face. Below are a few necessities and products I always travel with!
- Passport (obviously)
- Lollia Hand Cream (Relax)
- Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh
- Bombay 5-in-1 Curling Wand
- Eyelash Curler
- COVERGIRL LashBlast Fusion Waterproof Mascara
- Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm
My, oh my, oh my! Someone please bring me back to sunny beaches and delicious seafood. We spent one week in Reñaca, Chile with my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and two little cousins. Reñaca is right next to Viña del Mar and near Valparaiso. It’s a much smaller and more quant town, but it still has a lot to offer.
This is also the place where we got to ring in the New Year! We indulged in a famous Chilean drink called Pisco Sour, made from Pisco, lemons, and other delicious ingredients. Combine the drink with this view? Incredible.
Since we were already on the coast, we made sure to visit some surrounding towns and beaches. Our first day trip was to Zapallar which is about a one hour drive north. Here we ate lunch at the famous El Chringuito, which is nestled right on the ocean. We both had the Congrio, a white fish, fresh off the grill with a side of sliced avocados and peeled tomatoes. Note: my mouth just watered writing that.
After a few days of tanning on Reñaca beach, we visited Valparaiso for our next day trip. Valparaiso is a really historical and beautiful city built on a massive hill. If you’re into visiting historic sites, this is definitely one to see! Buildings are painted in an array of colors like blue, yellow, and even purple. There are many hostels and hotels nearby that are in walking distance of great cafes.
After a week of tanning and enjoying the coast, it was time to return to the nation’s capital to spend time with the rest of my family. Our days in Santiago were spent going to the local grocery store, Jumbo, going to the French club, Sport Frances, to enjoy a dip in the pool, and many other adventures. The best part was the quality time I got to spend with my family. Every trip we make beautiful memories and I definitely won’t forget the memories we made this time!
Our first full day in Santiago was spent exploring the heart of the city. My cousin, Pablo, took us around to visit La Moneda Palace, where the President of Chile works! We also visited Cerro San Cristobal and got to see the Virgin. Seeing the families gather around and experience the attraction was moving and beautiful.
Having been from Chile my whole life, it was nice to finally see the sites like a tourist. Bringing my boyfriend, Matthew, with me to experience it all was really special. Having him learn more about my family’s culture meant a lot. Sharing these experiences are so important in a relationship, and this trip was truly like a dream come true!
It wouldn’t be a trip to Chile without drinking lots and lots of wine. Chilean makes some of the world’s best wines, from Pinot Gris to Pinot Noir. Near the end of our trip, my parents took Matthew and I to visit Concha y Toro. Concha y Toro is located in Pirque, about a 45min drive from Santiago. The winery is one of the largest producers of wine in Latin America, and its wine definitely proves it.
We did the Marques Casa Concha Tour, so we got to taste the collection as well as tour the vineyard. The vineyard has a rich history, founded in 1883, and offers a beautiful landscape and experience. We tried the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Camenere, and Cabernet Sauvignon and each were phenomenal. Each wine was also paired with a cheese selection. As a recent college grad, you only wish your wine nights were like this!
On the last day of our trip, we went to Lo Barnechea, located just outside of Santiago, to visit my cousins, aunt and uncle’s home. Their view overlooks the Andes mountains and many of the hills surrounding Santiago. If it were up to me, I would wake up to this view every morning! Can we talk about how beautiful it is?
I could go on, and on, and on, about how amazing this trip was. But no matter how beautiful the landscape, how delicious the food, or how sweet the language, the best part about the trip will always be spending time with family. Thank you United Airlines for an awesome travel experience and to my family for making another Chile trip possible again!
Stamped on 8/13/2017 by The Letter Bea