In February of 2013 my wife and I spent 3 days in Concon, just outside of the town of Valparaiso Chile at a bed and breakfast called Posada del Parque. Chile Walks took us on excursions in the surrounding area. We were interested especially in birds, and the nature, and for this, these excursions were excellent. Janine one of the owners was our guide, she was very knowledgeable especially of the various birds we saw, which was my special interest but above that she was very very knowledgeable of the botany i.e. the vegetation, reptiles, and history. Her English is fluent , and her accounts, of for instance Darwin's mountain and its history which we visited, the ,Jubaea chilensis, Chilean palm trees which we saw as well as a myriad of other flora and fauna, were extremely detailed and comprehensive. As part of one of our day tours we also went to a small boutique type local restaurant which we would've never found and were treated to a typical Chilean lunch- all in all I would highly recommend this tour group if you are ever in Valpariso and want to get a taste of Chile beyond the concrete city. Janine is a native Chilean, Spanish of course is her mother tongue and she smoothed easily out some of the little misunderstandings where we were staying and of course there were no problems in any of the places we visited. If I had any fault it is that, if you are on a tight budget, then it gets expensive, but if you can afford it you do get your money's worth, not speaking Spanish you would be hard pressed to get such an experience on your own.
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