A drive of just a little over an hour on modern highways separates Santiago's Andean walls from the mighty Pacific Ocean, and it will seem like you reach the sea and the pure salty air of the coast in no time. One by one, the main cities of the region start to appear in a jumble that has a single urban axis: the port of Valparaíso. Discover the maze of homes nestled snugly into dozens of hills with sea views and its historical downtown area, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its architectural and cultural importance. Next is Viña del Mar, with its modern buildings, groomed beaches and the Quinta Vergara, which hosts an international music festival each year.
One of the things that make this maritime region unique is its blend of densely populated areas (each home to over 1 million people) and charming fishing coves and villages that spring to life each year when thousands of vacationers make them their summer residences. Towns north of Valparaíso like Reñaca, Concón, Maitencillo and Zapallar offer peace, beaches ideal for swimming and restaurants that offer delicious local seafood and fish dishes.
The areas southeast of Santiago also offer pleasant surprises like Algarrobo and Isla Negra, where Pablo Neruda's most important house-museum is located. San Antiono, Chile's second largest port, is just a few kilometers south. This section of coastline features the area's most rugged landscapes. Matanzas is a great windsurfing spot thanks to its constant windy conditions, while Pichilemu and its mythical Punta de Lobos are the heart of Chilean surfing.
The Central Coast will delight every one of your senses.
|Viña del Mar||Valparaíso|
|Coastal Viña del Mar||Pablo Neruda's Beach House|
|Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción||La Sebastiana|
|La Campana National Park||Architectural Heritage in Viña del Mar|
|Plaza Sotomayor||The Architecture of Chile’s Main Port|
|Elevators and Viewpoints|
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