All you U.S. passport holders are in luck again, because LAN Airlines has just launched its Chile a la Carte contest which could have you winning a trip across the country. The 9-day tour focuses on Chile’s culinary scene and it includes a cooking class with celebrity chef Carolina Bazán, winery tours, and meals in some of the country’s top restaurants – it’s basically a foodie’s dream come true. I’m not eligible to enter, but since I am heading over to Chile in a few days time, you can bet I’ll be taking a tip or two from the itinerary LAN Airlines has put together for the winners.
- Roundtrip economy class flights for two people from anywhere in the continental United States, via LAN Airlines.
- Two days at an eco-lodge on Chiloé Island. Activities include kayaking, visiting the Dalcahue market and horseback riding.
- A private cooking class with Carolina Bazán, master chef at Ambrosia in Santiago; and dinner that night at Ambrosia as Chef Bazán’s guest.
- Two nights at Casa Real, the former landowner’s estate at the Santa Rita winery, located in the Maipo Valley. Includes ultra premium tasting tour at Santa Rita.
- Two days at UNESCO port town of Valparaíso.
- Three outfits per person (total of six) from Toad&Co.
- A mixed case of Santa Rita wine.
- A $250 gift certificate from Wine.com.
- Travel gear for two from Eagle Creek.
Depart US gateway for Santiago. Included meals: dinner aboard your LAN flight.
Arrive in Santiago and transfer to domestic flight to Chiloé. Transfer to your base at one of South America’s most admired eco-lodges, Tierra Chiloé (or similar upscale boutique). Included meals: breakfast aboard LAN flight, lunch and dinner in Chiloé.
Maritime adventure aboard the Williche private yacht, Dalcahue market visit, kayaks and sea urchins. Lodging at Tierra Chiloé (or similar upscale boutique). Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Horseback ride and seaweed foraging walk along the beach. Transfer and fly to Santiago. Dinner on your own in Santiago. Lodging at Hotel Luciano K (or similar upscale boutique). Included meals: breakfast and lunch.
Market-to-table visit and cooking class with Carolina Bazán. Tonight return to Ambrosía for dinner as guests of Carolina Bazán. Lodging at Hotel Luciano K (or similar upscale boutique). Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Explore Santiago through its many parks by bike. Break for a picnic lunch under the trees. Late afternoon transfer to the Santa Rita winery in the nearby Maipo Valley. Lodging at the splendid Casa Real, the old landowner’s estate which has been lovingly converted into a 16 room boutique lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Ultra premium tasting tour of Santa Rita winery, including a walk through the gardens. Lodging at Casa Real. Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Transfer to the characterful bustling UNESCO port town of Valparaíso, or Valpo, as locals call it. Explore Valpo’s storied hilly streets by foot and funicular railways, including a stop into La Sebastiana, one of three houses of the much beloved Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Lodging at Casa Higueras (or similar upscale boutique). Included meals: breakfast and lunch.
After a last, unstructured morning to reflect on the poetry of Neruda, Chile and this trip, transfer to the nearby seaside resort town of Viña del Mar, stopping for one last splendid meal. Transfer to the Santiago airport with plenty of time to check in for your LAN airlines flight home. Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard flight.
How to enter:
To enter, visit the Chile a la Carte website and fill out a ballot.
Like I mentioned, this contest is only open to legal residents of the forty eight contiguous United Sates and the District of Columbia, who are of legal age of majority in their state and/or district of residence (and at least 18 as of the date of entry).
Contest begins on February 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and ends on March 4, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for one of my readers to win this awesome prize!
Have you travelled to Chile before?
What were some of your highlights?