La Calma de Rita is a hidden gem, far enough outside Santiago proper to be rural but within easy reach of the city, if you want it, as well as Maipo Valley vineyards, lower Andes hikes or horse riding (which we did), a quirky arts-friendly village, and quiet walks along less traveled back roads. Visitors are greeted with a choice of bottled water or a Pisco sour. Tap water’s good here—choose the sour. The restaurant at the inn is good, and there are other local options, so this makes a great base for area activity. But what makes it so wonderful is its décor and character. Just check it out on the website—it really looks just like the pics with a weird and charming collection of antiques, odd signs and souvenirs of other eras. We took the 3-hour drive to the coast to visit Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda’s funhouse by the sea, and when we got back to La Calma we felt a sort of continuity. Frank, the owner, has similarly eclectic if not so extravagant taste. If you like that sort of thing, you’ll like La Calma. Plus he was very helpful in steering us to a couple of wonderful small, family-run wineries rather than mega producers like Concha Y Toro, which feels more like Disney than Chile. Just cause it’s down the road doesn't mean you ought to bother.
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- Our hostel has two bedrooms with suite bathroom and two with shared bath. In our restaurant cuisine floods us with flavors that blend into the natural beauty of the place. You can enjoy your free time horseback riding, bicycles for touring the area, trekking in River Park Clarillo, massage and Relaxation is guaranteed ... more less
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