Travel: A culinary tour of Chile

One of the best things about being a food and travel writer is that you get to explore the world and sample all its flavours. I’ve travelled fairly extensively so far, though that travel wishlist seems to be constantly expanding rather than being ticked off. And there’s one big gap in my travels – I’ve never been to South America.

I love the look of Chile and Peru so when I recently met a delightful lady called Paula Christensen who is totally passionate about her culinary tour of Chile, I decided I simply had to tell you all about it.

It’s a personalised 12-day (11-night) tour focused on markets, cooking classes, excellent restaurants and wine tastings. At least I can say I’ve drunk a fair helping of Chilean wine which is exported all over the world.

The trip starts off with a couple of days exploring Santiago, the nearby beaches and the vineyards of the Central Valley – and tasting all the food associated with them. Then for the second half  of your journey it’s back to the capital for an early flight to Patagonia for four days discovering more about the beautiful and unknown region of Carretera Austral.

Experiences include demos by top Chilean chefs, wine pairings, vineyard visits, shopping and sight seeing and what I think I’d love most – cooking classes in traditional Chilean cuisine.

You can find out more about this wonderful tour by clicking here.

You can also follow Paula’s adventures on twitter.

And here are some pictures of the stunning country that is Chile to whet your appetite even further.

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There’s beautiful scenery to enjoy

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Accommodation is of the highest standard

Mallin Colorado lunch in the garden

There’ll be plenty of opportunities to savour the cuisine of Chile

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Vineyards in many shades of green

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The traditional Chilean way of slow-cooking lamb