Chilean Adventures Part 2: Patagonia

Hello!  How was your weekend!  I hope you didn’t think I would forget to talk about Part 2 of our Chilean Adventures!  After having a great time wine tasting and exploring the beach-side town of Vina Del Mar, we headed about 3 hours south (by plane) to Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia.  Now, normally I am a huge beach vacation person and I wouldn’t choose a cold vacation if my life depended on it, but in this case, I had to make an exception.

Patagonia definitely has been on our bucket list for awhile now and I’m so glad I made my beach-vacation exception here.  The scenery was incredible!  Just as an FYI, you arrive at the airport and then have a 5(!!!!) hour drive to the hotel.  I am not sure how I did this with a 2 year old.  I think it had something to do with us getting up at 3am and him sitting next to my husband the whole way.  Luckily we also stopped for lunch and to check out this very cool cave!

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Friday’s Food & Fitness: A Beach Weekend

Hello and Happy Friday!  It seems like things have just hit fast forward recently and I can’t believe another week is done and gone!  This one was full of good stuff!

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Friday’s Food & Fitness: Travel Time

Hello and happy Friday!  How has your week been?  I honestly don’t know how it is already Friday.  This week flew by.  And after 6 weeks of family visiting, we are left just the three of  us.  It feels weird!

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Chilean Adventure Part 1: The Beach + Wine Tasting

Recently I made a list of all the places I wanted to visit in South America.  I’m determined to start checking some major sites off my bucket list. This time–Checking out Vina Del Mar and Casablanca Wine Region in Chile.

We flew into Santiago and made the one hour trek to Vina Del Mar. a cute seaside town that reminded me a bit of Sydney but with a mix of modern and traditional architecture. We stayed at the Sheraton, which was right on the water and offered the most incredible views!

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It was nice and sunny and hot when we arrived so we headed straight down to the pool. The pool was perched right over the ocean and as we swam, it felt like we were floating over the Pacific. 

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The rooms at the Sheraton had amazing balconies overlooking the water and you could hear the waves as you slept at night. 

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We enjoyed the local seafood fair consisting of ceviche, fresh fish and pastas. The sunset over the Pacific while we were eating dinner was truly amazing!

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About 30 minutes from Vina Del Mar is the Chilean wine region of Casablanca. Although it is not the most well-known wine region, it certainly has backbone with 18 wineries and a gorgeous setup.

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Our first stop was at Loma Larga, a charming vineyard with a wide range of varietals.  We tasted four wines and favored the Cabernet Franc and the Pinot Noir.  Our sommelier was incredibly friendly and spoke perfect English.  Definitely a good stop!

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We then headed to lunch at Casas Del Bosque, which was seriously gorgeous and the sun appeared just in time for our lunch! 

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We dined overlooking the vineyards enjoying a glass of their Pinot Noir and munching on empanadas, shrimp and Mahi Mahi.

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I wanted to lay on the chaise lounges in the sun after lunch but my two year old had different plans.  Plus we had to get to the last winery of the day!

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We ended our day at Bodegas RE.  We were a little late. It warmly welcomed to join the tour that took us to their vineyards and then to their cellars.  Bodega makes their own olive oil and balsamics.  They are in the process of making a balsamic in the Italian style that takes 20 years!!  They are trying a method that will cut that time in half.  We were able to smell the barrels and they smell so sweet and good!

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We also got to see how they make their own liquor using various fruits.  So cool!

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Bodega makes some of its wines in these huge clay pots.  I’ve never seen anything like it before and it is so cool!  It is only available for their reds though.

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After the tour we sat down for our tasting and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious range of wines they have. Bodega actually uses a grape called Carinena, a grape that was widely thought to not be that great but their style of using this grape is actually quite delicious and it is becoming very trendy!

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After a successful tasting, it was time to head to the airport for part 2 of our Chilean adventure. Check back next time!

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Fazendinha Estacao Natureza

One thing that always amazes me is the ability of big metropolises to be so urban and then all of a sudden open up to something quaint and rural and unexpected.  That is exactly what we experienced this past weekend when we drove about 20 minutes from our house to a small kids farm in the middle of Sao Paulo.

We actually missed the entrance the first time because it was so unexpected driving around the city and you couldn’t see any farm-type place from the road.  But when we found it the second time around, we were surprised by how great the set up was for kids!  

After entering the park and being shown around.  We embarked on a fun excursion to get down to the level with the animals.  We walked across wooden bridges suspended over the animal pens, checking out everything below us from the bird’s eye view.  It ended with a slide that was fun for Cooper and a little awkward for the adults!  We later figured out that there is actually a very large, straightforward and stroller-accessible ramp down to the animals but we wanted to enter with a bang! 🙂

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