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Chile: Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

Drive from Santiago northwest through the coastal cordillera and you arrive at these two Pacific towns: one a historic and busy port, the other a beach resort. Valparaiso’s aspect and atmosphere differ totally from the capital. Shoals of crammed painted houses career down vertiginous hillsides, accessed by wooden lifts and staircases. These hilltop quarters now offer boutique hotels and chic and interesting restaurants. Down below the port area’s heavy Victorian-style architecture recalls an era when British influence was strong. A few kilometres north is the resort of Viña del Mar, historically chic but now a popular family seaside spot and commercial town.

Our holidays to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

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breakfast onboard Silversea cruise

Culinary cruise along the Humboldt Current - 29 Oct 2016, 23 Oct 2017

18 days from £5650pp

Signature Patagonia: The Lake District

Signature Patagonia: The Lake District

16 days from £4539pp

Sunset over Ice

Patagonia, the Chilean fjords and Antarctica expedition cruise - 12 Nov 2016

22 days from £14638pp

The Vineyards of Chile and Argentina

The Vineyards of Chile and Argentina

15 days from £6434pp

Things to do in Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

Valparaiso

Walking tour of Valparaiso, Chile

Visit Pablo Neruda’s Former Home

Visit Pablo Neruda's former home


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Valparaiso is one of my favourite cities. A port, it’s a melting pot of nationalities, creeds and political tendencies and such mix creates an anarchic, bohemian atmosphere.  Each street is a  mystery – you don’t know where you will end: a dead end, a bar, a deep ravine or stairs. Getting lost here, in the fog that creeps up from the sea, is a treat – you are usually pleasantly surprised at the other end. 

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

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