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Chile: Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

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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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Lake General Carrera

Patagonia and the Chilean fjords expedition cruise - 5 Nov 2018

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16 days from £6,719pp

Signature Patagonia: The Lake District

Signature Patagonia: Highlights of Patagonia

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15 days from £5,518pp

Things to do in Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

Visit Pablo Neruda’s Former Home

Visit Pablo Neruda's former home


Walking tour of Valparaiso, Chile

Our insider tips for Valparaiso and Vina del Mar


Chris Rendell-Dunn

Riding a rickety-looking ascensor (funicular inclined plane lift) to the top of one of the rippling amphitheatre of hills.
Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Losing yourself in the labyrinth of streets and lanes both in the lower city and in the residential barrios above.

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Exploring Cerro Concepcion, with a jumble of pitched roofed iron-fronted houses and several new innovative restaurants.


David Nichols

Strolling along the palm-lined front with an ice-cream at Viña del Mar, a more upmarket place with elegant houses and flowery lawns. There’s a decent stretch of tawny sands for beach-time.

What our experts say

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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