Two of Chile's most distinctive seaside towns, Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, lie directly west of Santiago. The port of Valparaiso is a cliff-hanging collection of pastel neighborhoods, funiculars and viewpoints. In recognition of it's unique architecture and setting, the city's historic quarter was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003.
Neighboring Viña del Mar is known for its wide beaches, nightlife and fine dining. For all its fame, the center of Viña still retains a sense of quiet charm. Horse-drawn carriages ply the side streets, and the palm shaded plazas welcome strolling couples and earnest chess players.
En route to Viña and Valparaiso, many of our clients stop for vineyard tours and wine tastings in the Casablanca Valley. This region, similar in terroir to California's Carneros, is known of production of high quality Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.
When returning to Santiago, we prefer the scenic southern route. Favorite stops include the home (now museum) of Pablo Neruda in Isla Negra, the wineries of the San Antonio Valley, and the pottery town of Pomaire.
High season on the coast extends from December to March; this is a favorite destination of Chile's summering urbanites. These are also the warmest months, with highs near 72°F and abundant sunshine. The May to August cool season is characterized by cloud cover, brief afternoon showers and high temperatures ranging from 60° to 65°F.
A direct drive from Santiago to Viña del Mar takes approximately two hours. The area can be visited as a day trip from Santiago or as a multi-day circuit.
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