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We visited the bodegas on a tour with the gay owned Pride Tours Chile and had a wonderful day, learning a lot about the different types of Chilean wines.
However, it wasn’t until the late 1900s when it really took off, after large numbers of families from France moved to Chile.
Today, Chile is the world’s 5th largest exporter of wine and the 7th largest producer.
Just when you thought you’d mastered the Spanish language, you arrive in Santiago totally confused, wondering what on earth anyone is saying to you…Meet: the It’s like nothing else you’ve encountered before and by far the most unique across Latin America.
It’s fast, with a strong almost sing-song-like sound, with specific letters and phrases cut off from words and new ones thrown in for good measure. The major difference between the huaso and the gaucho is that huasos are involved in farming as well as cattle herding.
Cueca is popular throughout Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, but in Chile it was declared the national dance in 1979.
It reminded us a lot of British Morris dancing but with a Latino flavour.
Cueca dancing is similar to the rooster-chicken courtship with the dancers waving handkerchiefs above their heads, which is said to symbolise the birds’ feathers.
Couples dance facing each other, moving in semi circles back and forth, never touching but maintaining contact through facial expressions and movements.
The Costanera Tower is a 64-story tall skyscraper in Santiago, Chile, built in 2014.
It rises to 300m/980ft, making it the tallest building in Latin America and the third highest in the southern hemisphere after New Zealand’s Sky Tower (328m/1076ft) and Australia’s Q1 (323m/1060ft).
There are so many unique things about Chile, a country with one of the longest coastlines in the world, stretching 4,620 km (2,647 miles) from the Northern border with Peru right to the very tip of the Americas.