My wife and I would like to Visit Santiago in January 2014. This would be our first Trip to South America and I am in the infancy of planning this trip. In years past, we have gone to Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. Each time I have planned the trip myself without to using tour guides, but with those trips, wine was not involved.
Each time I plan my trip I go to tripadvisor for some assistance in helping me start my trip. I have always had the best luck with this so I hope my streak continues. So here is what I have thus far, it isn't much, but I look forward to your help.
First. I work for Marriott and during the holiday season, Marriott gives and unbelievable discount to all its employees. I may end up paying less than $60 dollars a night for a room. For a 5 night stay after tax should run me around $400.00. So I will not have to worry about this.
My wife and I have no problem using public transportation, based on everything I have read it should be easy to get around Chile this way. So what are some of the must sees and how days Should I spend in Santiago before I hit the wineries.
Wine tours. I did visit Santiago Wine tours.com and while they did have day tours from Santiago to wine country, starting at $275 per person was pretty steep. One day of that would cost more than my Hotel Stay. What are some of the recommendations. Would it be best to rent a car and drive myself etc..
Valparasio is this a must see if so, is this a day trip or an overnight trip, is there a Marriott there.
Thanks in advance for your assistance on this.