Category Places to visit in Chile

A view over Santiago from Cerro San Cristobal

Santiago’s Imaginative Food Scene: Where to Eat Now

We’ve discovered that many travelers to Santiago expect a “South American” vibe similar to what you might find in Peru or Ecuador. Usually people are surprised to discover that the city feels more European than Latin American. Situated at the base of the dramatic Andes, one of Santiago’s most notable features is its penchant for […]

A skier skiing down at sunset at Ski Arpa Chile

Skiing the Chilean Way

In the past few years our family has been fortunate to travel to two of Chile’s remarkable ski areas – Portillo, the country’s oldest and best-known ski resort, and Farellones, a mountain village surrounded by three ski areas collectively known as Tres Valles. While we’re more than happy to take a few runs when we […]

Three cats on a hot tin roof

Cats on Hot Tin Roofs: A Visit to Valparaíso

When deciding which travel destinations to write about for this blog, we’ve chosen to focus on those that are uniquely Chilean and unlike anywhere else in the world. Valparaiso is one such place. With its brightly painted buildings, abundant street art, crazy steep hills, Bohemian vibe, wiring that would cause a U.S. building inspector to […]

Atacama: A Desert Oasis

If you’re a looking for a spectacular vacation destination where you can simultaneously recharge your batteries and explore an other-worldly natural habitat, we think the Atacama Desert is an excellent choice. Atacama is one of Chile’s “travel trifecta”, along with Patagonia and The Lake District, and is home to a natural marvel, the San Pedro oasis. Surrounded […]

Kingston Family Vineyards Blog-Torres del Paine by andrea frascari

Explore Patagonia

When choosing a name for his outdoor clothing business, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard wanted something that evoked a sense of someplace faraway – somewhere that was “not quite on the map.” With the immense popularity of his company’s products – which prominently feature Patagonia’s mountains on the logo – he quickly put the remote region […]

Vulcán Osorno over Lago Llanquihue by payayita

Seven Days in Chile’s Lake District

Over the years our family has had many opportunities to explore Chile – first as kids, later as young adults and now, as parents. Last year we had the good fortune to travel to the country’s three most popular destinations: The Lake District, Patagonia and The Atacama Desert. Our vacations were filled with many memorable adventures, amazing […]

View from Cerro San Cristobal

36 hours in Santiago

Following her graduation from Stanford in the summer of 2012, Eliana Arredondo (Kingston’s Marketing Manager) lived and worked in Chile for 9 months. These are her recommendations for 36 hours in Santiago. A great thing to do when you first arrive in a new city, whether you’re traveling there or settling into living there, is to orient yourself. […]