Chilean winemakers are changing attitudes about the quality of the country's vintages.
The hills of Valparaiso are alive with graffiti art.
Big changes are under way, but in the meantime plan ahead and don't bank on getting great food.
LATAM's business-class flights to Santiago from Sydney are soon to be upgraded.
Valparaiso is not just a very viable stopover, it's a revelation.
Wine buffs short on time can learn about and taste Chile's vineyard varieties in downtown Santiago.
It's not a country. It's not in one country, either, shared as it is by Chile and Argentina.
Long and narrow, Chile is filled with spectacular sights from the peaks and glaciers of Patagonia up to the moonscapes of the Atacama desert. In between, there's the sophisticated capital Santiago, wineries galore and the beaches and beauty of Vina del Mar.