Colchagua Valley among the top 10 honeymoon destinations 2014

The prestigious English publisher Lonely Planet ranks the Colchagua Valley in its latest edition “Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014″ within the Top 10 the best places for honeymooners.

ruta_vino_colchagua2“Off the beaten track for food and wine tourism, Chile’s main grape-producing region, about two hours south of Santiago, is blissfully unpopulated and impossibly gorgeous, with the Andes’ jagged snowcaps rising beyond the rolling vine-covered hills. Along with tasting world-class Carménères, Malbecs, Cabernets and Syrahs, visitors can hike, bike and ride horses (the area is home to Chile’s huaso, or cowboys), explore colonial towns…”

Thus, Lonely Planet, which in 40 years has published more than 100 million books in nine different languages for the independent traveler, described the Colchagua Valley in its latest edition “Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014″ in the which the wine valley of the Sixth Region ranks among the Top 10 best honeymoon destination.

During 2013, 400 employees and 200 authors of Lonely Planet traveled the world to make the best recommendations for those wishing to travel in 2014.

“The travel experts at Lonely Planet gathered the best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences. After much debate and hundreds of suggestions from our experts, editors, bloggers and tweeters, we selected the 10 countries, cities and regions for next year, “Lonely Planet says.

The book consists of three main categories: countries, cities and regions. It also includes other nine sub categories. One is them is the 10 best honeymoon destinations, where the Colchagua Valley is mentioned along with Cappadocia (Turkey), Brazil, Marrakech (Morocco), Saint Lucia, Andalusia (Spain), Bali (Indonesia), California (USA) and Queenstown (New Zealand) and Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado (USA).

“This not only makes us proud, but it is also a contribution to promotion and knowledge dissemination of Chile, which is positioning itself as a world-class tourist destination,” deputy tourism minister, Daniel Pardo, says.

 Wide variety of activities

Botanical trekking, horseback riding, bicycle rides, picnics, visits to different vineyards and horse carriages trips make up some of the travel supply of the Colchagua Valley, 130 km south of Santiago and home to 22 vineyards, 16 hotels, 10 restaurants and a casino.

“This is a good destination for newlyweds because of our varied supply. In the Cochagua valley you can find hotels that do not accept children and you can rest and enjoy as a couple,” José Manuel García- Huidobro says, Executive Director of the Wine Route, a company promoting tourism in the Colchagua valley.

“Every year 100,000 people visit us, 40, 000 are Chileans and 60, 000 come from abroad. People come because this is one of the main tourist destinations in Latin America,” notes Garcia Huidobro.

El Mercurio