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Cruises to South America visit San Antonio, busiest port in Chile, with roots to the 16th century. Stroll the pleasant Paseo Bellamar for local crafts and harbor views. Blocks inland, visit the Municipal Museum of Natural History to see objects made by indigenous cultures, local fossils, and the skeleton of a blue whale. El Yali National Reserve, 27 miles south, has lagoons and marshlands with swans, herons, owls, ducks, Chilean flamingos, and other birds. Enjoy a day of hiking and picnicking.

Chile cruises arrive at one of the world’s great wine regions, with plenty of wineries to visit. Winemaking here dates to the Spanish conquest, with modern techniques emerging in the 1970s. Cold Pacific waters create cool foggy nights, while clear days bring dry afternoon breezes—perfect for healthy vines and luscious grapes. Rootstock came from Europe more than a century ago. The San Antonio Valley is Chile’s hip, happening wine district. To the north, the Casablanca Valley features wine-tasting facilities and stylish restaurants. Both produce high-quality pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and Syrah. Just north of San Antonio in Malvilla, Viña Casa Marin is a young winery with slope-planted vines and varying soils and orientations, producing excellent sauvignon blanc. Beyond tours, Casa Marin hosts a fine spa with massages blending lomilomi, reiki, and a glass of wine on the deck.

Casona Veramonte, an inland winery in the Casablanca Valley, traces its roots to Napa and exports most of its product to the United States. Tours begin in the vineyards, proceed to the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility—crushing tons of grapes each day—and culminates in the tasting room. At the William Cole Vineyards, also in Casablanca, grapes are cared for by hand, picked in the mornings, and processed within minutes at the adjacent winery. Wine lovers on cruises to Chile should take advantage of tours through these vineyards and colonial towns—with roadside stands hawking fruits and vegetables as fresh and tasty as the grapes.

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