Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, and Con Con
A weekend by the shore feels like a lifetime! Isn’t that what they say? KIDDING I just made that up.
To me Chile is the most diverse country in the world because it has the driest desert in the north, wine country in the center, Andes in the East and the Patagonia region in the south, but they all share one thing in common and that’s its close prox to the ocean. Chile has the longest coastline in the world, and inevitable that Chileans adapted to seafaring people.
Take a rental car or hop on a bus using either Tur – Bus or Pullman (at Universidad de Chile Subway Station – they run every 15 no pre purchase necessary unless you want to save a buck) and head west toward the Pacific.
Valparaiso (“Valpo”) offers brightly colored painted houses, the freshest seafood you will ever eat, and famous funiculars that add charm to the 45 rolling hills. It was always an easy weekend trip to get away from the hustle and bustle Santiago, and it offered something new every time.
Free walking tours, provided by my friends at Tours 4 Tips (meet at Plaza Sotomayor), this company also does tours in Santiago (our offices were connected). I used them twice just so I could meet new people and chat with other tourist! The guides are friendly and informative! (PS: It’s called Tours 4 Tips for a reason, so tip generously)!
Visit Pablo Neruda’s house in La Sebastiana (fun fact: he had three houses in Chile, the most unique of the three residences it in the town of Isla Negra (South 60km), the other is in Bellavista, Santiago (West, 115.2 km)).
Head up to the hills to the view some graffiti rich art. You will struggle to find a section of walls that aren’t covered.
Night out? Head here for the best seafood you will ever eat: Il Paparazzo Valparaíso – Papudo 424, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso
The next day I suggest you prepare for some sunshine and head north to Vina del Mar (which has better beach access).
Rent a bike or you can take the metro, its just 6 miles of beautiful scenery (use the bike lane). I’m not going to tell you what form of transportation I took, you guys should know me by now..
Below: January is the height of summer in Chile, so naturally my Spanish school friends and I decided to head on over to the beach!
A different trip (I think the fourth time) we hit up the coast for a beach weekend – we hit up Concon. I heard from some of my German friends you could rent sand boards for dirt (hehe) cheap!!! Take the public transportation from the main park in Vina and head up north! You’ll see the massive sand dunes on the left hand side after you pass some high rises. Pay the small fee, grab your board, and shred narrrrr dunes!