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Latin for beginners

It's a continent that can be intimidating and other-worldly, but it's never, ever dull, writes Steve McKenna.

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Wine route ... vines in the Colchagua Valley.

A tipple in the saddle

Ben Stubbs cycles between cellar doors in the nation's best wineries, just beyond the city of Santiago.

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Trompe l'oeil ... murals adorn some of Santiago's facades.

Shaken and stirred

Travellers used to skip Santiago, but Vicky Baker finds new life after the earthquake.

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Hot to shop: Santiago

From lapis lazuli to designer shoes, fine wines and fabrics, Chile's capital hosts high style at low prices, writes Belinda Jackson.

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