A number of years back, we had a great group of travellers who completed a multi-country South American tour. Our group commenced with a superb land tour all over Peru, including the famed Machu Picchu, followed by a cruise, from Santiago de Chile to Buenos Aires. Some of our group even went on to Brazil and Easter Island! What an exciting extended period of time this was in South America!
While in Chile, waiting for the cruise to commence, we had the unique good fortune to be able to experience both Valparaiso and the Viña del Mar, distinct and beautiful coastline cities in Central Chile.
Both cities are spectacular, but different!
Valparaiso is located about 15-20 minute drive south, along the coast, from Viña del Mar.
For those that like to see the older parts of a city, I would recommend staying in Valparaiso, or “Valpo” as locals refer to it, has a very “boho” (bohemian) ambiance, and seems certainly more culturally interesting than its glitzy, glamorous northern sister, Viña.
We hope you take the time to visit either Valpo, or Vina on your way through beautiful Chile!