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O’Higgins: a Chilean itinerary of terroir and adventure

The O’Higgins region, less than two hours south of Santiago, is a treasure trove for travellers in search of grandiose natural landscapes and rich cultural traditions. Named in honour of Chilean independence hero Bernardo O’Higgins, this destination offers a diversity of landscapes ranging from the wild beaches of the Pacific Ocean to the snow-capped peaks of the Andes.

 

The Colchagua Valley: a paradise for wine lovers

The Colchagua Valley and its surrounding area is the beating heart of the O’Higgins region, renowned for its world-famous vineyards, such as the Vik winery, voted third best vineyard in the world in 2023. Wine lovers can explore the many wineries and vineyards, tasting exquisite wines and learning more about the winemaking process. The region is particularly famous for its red wines, including Carmenère, Chile’s signature grape variety.

 

 

Pichilemu: a coastal gem

Pichilemu, nicknamed Chile’s “surf capital”, is a must-see destination for water sports enthusiasts. With its impressive waves and black sand beaches, Pichilemu attracts surfers from all over the world. Apart from surfing, the town offers a relaxed atmosphere, with seafood restaurants, craft shops and charming architecture.

 

 

 

Lake Rapel and its outdoor activities

Lac Rapel is an oasis of tranquillity, ideal for outdoor activities such as sailing, fishing and kayaking. Visitors can also enjoy scenic walks and picnics by the water, while admiring the surrounding natural beauty.

 

Almahue’s cultural heritage

Almahue, known for its rich cultural heritage, is a place where Chilean traditions are alive and well. Visitors can discover local art, folk music and traditional dances, offering an authentic insight into the country’s culture.

 

 

Natural discoveries in Alto Cachapoal and Alto Colchagua

For nature lovers, Alto Cachapoal and Alto Colchagua are top destinations. These areas offer spectacular mountain scenery, and from the hiking trails you can observe glaciers and a variety of wildlife, including Andean condors.

 

 

The O’Higgins region is a harmonious blend of nature, culture and tradition, and it’s no coincidence that it features in the famous New York Times list of must-see destinations in 2024! Whether you want to immerse yourself in the world of wine, surf the waves of the Pacific Ocean, or explore the natural and cultural riches, O’Higgins is an authentic and memorable stopover in the heart of Chile.

 

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