SOUTH AMER­I­CAN ME­AN­DER

GQ (Australia) - - TASTE & TRAVEL -

From cul­ture and food to snow and sand, this con­ti­nent packs a mighty punch when want­ing a solid, mem­ory-filled trip. And Chile, sur­vivor of civil – and ge­o­log­i­cal – un­rest is the break­out des­ti­na­tion. San­ti­ago’s his­toric Bar­rio Las­tar­ria dis­trict is full of cul­tural gems, so im­merse your­self in the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Arts, fol­lowed by hit­ting up which­ever wine bars and eater­ies take a fancy. Stay at the Las­tar­ria Bou­tique Ho­tel for a lo­cal feel or if you’re push­ing the boat out, head to win­ery-cum-re­treat Viña Vik, two hours south of the cap­i­tal. With Chile as a base, col­lect other South Amer­i­can pass­port stamps by go­ing to Peru’s Machu Pic­chu, Colom­bia’s San­tu­ario de las La­jas, the Bo­li­vian cap­i­tal, La Paz, and home of this year’s Olympics, Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. But don’t overdo it as South Amer­ica is huge and in­ter­nal flights are pricey, so plan care­fully to max­imise re­lax­ation time. Go in Septem­ber to Novem­ber when the weather’s pleas­ant and prices are more af­ford­able.

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