July 29, 1990 |
For first-time travelers to South America, Santiago, wedged between desert and mountain in a valley dotted with vineyards, is like a dip in a lukewarm pool--refreshing but not shocking. This is a soothing city, affordable and easy to get around in. And Chilean hospitality, renowned across the continent, lives up to its reputation. U.S. skiers trying out any of Chile's best known slopes are less than 90 minutes from its urban delights.