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Top Choice Museum in Isla Negra

Casa de Isla Negra

The spectacular setting on a windswept ocean headland makes it easy to understand why Isla Negra was Pablo Neruda’s favorite house. Built by the poet when he became rich in the 1950s, it was stormed by soldiers just…
Top Choice Music in Viña Del Mar

Festival Internacional de la Canción

At South America's biggest music festival, held the third weekend in February, Latin American pop, rock and folk stars join top-tier global musicians to entertain crowds of up to 15,000 at Anfiteatro Quinta Vergara …
Top Choice Historic Building in Valparaíso

La Sebastiana

Bellavista's most famous resident writer was Pablo Neruda, who made a point of watching Valparaíso's annual New Year's fireworks from his house at the top of the hill, La Sebastiana. Because entry operates on a firs…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Valparaíso

Parque Cultural de Valparaíso

This cultural center built from the bones of a prison has a little bit of everything the thinking traveler could ask for. There are excellent murals in the old exercise yards (with practically no chance of getting s…
Top Choice Chilean in Valparaíso

El Peral

The menu at this beloved cafe above Ascensor El Paral is written on chalkboards each morning and typically includes the freshest ingredients from the sea. Pair your food with invigorating fruit juices, local craft b…
Top Choice Chilean in Viña Del Mar

Sativo

Don't let the simple storefront fool you: the plates here are works of art, the ingredients are fresh, the wine list is intriguing and the service is sublime. From the herb-filled butters and breads you get when you…
Top Choice Park in Viña Del Mar

Jardín Botánico Nacional

There are over 3000 plant species in the nearly 400 hectares of parkland that comprise Chile's Jardín Botánico Nacional. It's 8km southeast of the city center; take a taxi or catch bus 203 from Viña along Calle Alva…
Top Choice International in Casablanca Valley Wineries

Casa Botha

Let the gregarious South African owner David usher you through a long and lazy lunch with surprising wine pairings from boutique producers at this eclectic restaurant, built entirely from recycled materials. The men…
Top Choice Chilean in Valparaíso

El Internado

Soaring Valpo views, well-priced Chilean sandwiches and silky-smooth pisco sours make this funky new spot on Pasaje Dimalow a favorite among locals. Head to the basement level in the evenings for art shows, poetry r…
Top Choice Club in Valparaíso

Máscara

Music-savvy clubbers in their 20s and 30s love this gay-friendly club: the beer's cheap, there's plenty of room to move and hardly any teenyboppers. There are typically drink specials and cheaper entry fees before 1…