Day 1: Santiago - Viña del Mar - Valparaíso
Leaving the hotel in Santiago, and drive approximately 90 minutes west toward the coast, passing through the lush agricultural valley of Curacavi and the renowned Casablanca Valley, where Chiles move toward cool-climate viticulture began 25 years ago when innovative winemakers dared to suggest planting in the pre-coastal Casablanca region. The valley is now world-famous for its technology and commitment to terroir, producing some of Chiles best white wines and cool-climate reds.
Well arrive to Valparaíso, one of the first Chilean cities founded by the Spanish. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003 for its architectural and cultural significance, the city is also one of Chiles most interesting. We will start in the downtown sector, learning about the history of Valpo and its importance in South American trade and commerce. Century-old hillside ascensores (elevators) will transport us up into the citys steep hills, where a labyrinthine maze of streets reveals brightly colored buildings, bohemian cafes and elegant restaurants, and spectacular views of the harbor below. Our tour will lead us on foot through two of the most famous and eclectic neighborhoods, Cerro Concepción and Cerro Alegre.
Our lunch in Valparaíso will be at one of the citys top restaurants perched in the hills, promising great food and great views.
After lunch, we will continue our tour in the resort city of Viña del Mar, also known as the garden city for its lush gardens and palm-lined boulevards. Well pass by the Reloj de Flores (flower clock) and the inviting beaches while learning about the colonial history of the city as well as its contemporary flair. In the afternoon, youll be transported back to Santiago or on to your next destination to continue your adventure.
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