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Central Coast

Viña del Mar

Just 130 km from Santiago, the “Garden City” of Viña del Mar offers a wide array of activities no matter what the season. ...

Valparaíso

The rumors are true: it’s unique, unforgettable, decadent, wonderful, vibrant and filled with graffiti. It’s Valparaíso. ...

Isla Negra

Isla Negra offers a chance to visit one of the homes of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. ...

Pichilemu-Matanzas

Located not far from Santiago, Matanzas and Pichilemu are a surfers’ paradise complete with big Pacific Ocean waves. ...

Zapallar-Maitencillo

Surrounded by hills, this small bay awaits you with narrow, tree-lined streets, stunning summer homes and a stone church. ...

Pablo Neruda’s Beach House

In Chile, Isla Negra is synonymous with Pablo Neruda. Visit the poet’s great house by the sea, just 131 km west of Santiago. ...

Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción

Two of the most interesting hills in Valparaíso. Here you’ll find mansions that have been turned into boutique hotels and restaurants. ...

La Sebastiana

Visit Pablo Neruda’s Valparaíso home, La Sebastiana, an iconic building that reveals part of the poet's artistic identity. ...

La Campana National Park

Climb to the top of Cerro La Campana, which offers a view that goes all the way to the Pacific Ocean and the Andes. ...

Plaza Sotomayor

A great place to people watch in Valparaíso and also the perfect starting point for a walk around the city’s downtown area. ...

Elevators and Viewpoints

Built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Valparaíso’s elevators are a destination in and of themselves. ...

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Big Ports, Small Coves and the Great Pacific Ocean

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.

 

Featured Destinations

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Tours you can do

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

 

Getting There

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By Bus
Busses depart Santiago from the Alameda and Santiago terminals (Universidad de Santiago Metro Station, Line 1) and the Pajaritos terminal (Pajaritos Metro Station, Line 1). There's one every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.
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By Car
If you're traveling by car to Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, take Route 68, which intersects with the capital's main thoroughfare (Alameda) and the Américo Vespucio beltway. The drive takes approximately 90 minutes. If you are heading to Isla Negra and Algarrobo, take the Autopista Del Sol East.

 

Activities that we recommned

 

Tips

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High Season Valparaíso Highlights New Year's Eve
The Central Coast is busiest during the summer. There are lots of parties, prices are higher, the climate is pleasant and you attend events like the Viña del Mar Song Festival, which attracts international figures. The high season runs from January to February each year, so be sure to make hotel and other reservations well in advance. Don't leave the port city without sampling the chorrillana, a popular dish made of French fries topped with sautéed beef strips, onions and fried eggs. Other highlights include a boat trip around the bay, a ride on the city's elevators, Cerro Bellavista's Open Air Museum, Playa Ancha, the city's traditional bars and the graffiti that covers its walls. If you have a chance to do so, ring in the New Year in Valparaíso. The port celebrates in style with a festival of fireworks over the bay, and boats join the party with sirens and lights.

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Boutique hotels Solar radiation Food
This type of lodging is becoming popular in Valparaíso. Choose one that has been built inside a converted manor home and enjoy your stay without scrimping on the modern conveniences. The area's comfortable average summer temperatures can be misleading. Though the thermometer may read a pleasant 20°C, solar radiation is much stronger here, and it is not uncommon to end up sunburned after a walk on the beach. Use sun block, wear a hat and stay hydrated. The Central Coast offers an amazing range of flavors. Local dishes include seafood and fish dishes like paila marina (with rice), mariscal (seafood soup), ceviche (raw marinated fish) and fried or grilled fish to classics such as seafood empanadas and the chorillana (fried potatoes, onions, eggs and meat).

 

Travelers and their experience in the Central Coast

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