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Santiago & Central Valley, Chile
http://Dantravel.com/articles/29/1/Santiago-amp-Central-Valley-Chile/Page1.html
By Dan Travel
Published on 07/17/2007
 
Santiago, Chile's capital city and cultural and economic center of the nation, Santiago occupies a spectacular intermontane basin at the foot of the highest peaks in the Andes. Safe and modern, Santiago features excellent restaurants and hotels, cultural events and shopping. Ski areas, national parks, colonial haciendas and wineries all make easy day trips from Santiago.

The Cajon del Maipo is a glacially sculpted valley just southeast of Santiago. It makes an excellent day or weekend trip. Whitewater rafting , hiking, and horseback riding are among the activities offered in Santiago's backyard getaway