Introducing Viña Del Mar
Clean, orderly Viña del Mar is a sharp contrast to the charming jumble of neighboring Valparaíso. Manicured boulevards lined with palm trees and beautiful expansive parks have earned it the nickname of Ciudad Jardín (Garden City). Its official name, which means 'vineyard by the sea,' stems from the area's colonial origins as the hacienda of the Carrera family. Viña remains a popular weekend and summer destination for well-to-do Santiaguinos, despite the fact that its beaches get seriously packed and the Humboldt Current causes waters chilly enough to put off most would-be swimmers. Although Chileans rave about the city, there's not much here in the way of tourist sights: consider just making it a day trip from Valparaíso.
Viña Del Mar destination guides
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Vina Del Mar and Valparaiso Day Trip from Santiago
Spend a day exploring the coastal towns of Central Chile on a leisurely day trip from Santiago. Travel through wine country, before arriving in the 'Garden City' of Vina del Mar. Continue on to the bohemian town of Valparaiso and visit Pablo Neruda Museum before heading back to Santiago after a day of relaxed sightseeing.