Valparaíso, Main Seaport
Valparaíso, the most important port in Chile, is a place to experience. There is no official version of the number of hills surrounding the bay of Valparaíso; It is said that 42. From each of them houses of different colors that make up a giant labyrinth of narrow streets, long staircases and viewpoints. Hills and sea are the natural limits of Valparaíso, while in its urban area you can limit beautiful architectural complexes, narrow streets and some trolleybuses. Declared World Heritage by Unesco in 2003, its geography has since been populated by restaurants and bookstores that have renewed their classic and bohemian character. Even so, the port culture, the main historical support of this city, is visible, especially in the harbor district.
It is not necessary to leave the city without going up to some of the patrimonial elevators in the open air that still exist or to go around the bay in some boat of the port. Nor can you stop trying chorrillana – potatoes, onions, eggs and fried meat – or go out to party on the Ecuador climb. There are important events such as Cultural Carnivals, a citizen and cultural party, or the New Year at Sea, a party on December 31 that crowns the end of the year with fireworks for 30 glorious minutes.
Viña del Mar, a city located north of Valparaíso, offers a range of possibilities throughout the year: beaches suitable for swimming and water sports, cuisine based on seafood, heritage buildings and the largest festival of Latin American song. If you go to the “garden city” for the first time, you should know the casino of games, one of the most traditional in Chile, located at the beginning of Av. Peru, a pedestrian waterfront surrounded by huge buildings. If you want good waves and “cool” people you must reach Reñaca beach, a few kilometers north, with many places to eat and shop. Other notable places are the Flower Clock, a mandatory postcard in front of Caleta Abarca, and the Quinta Vergara, an outdoor setting that houses the classic summer music festival. Plus? The Fonck Museum, the Botanical Garden and the Sporting Club, or simply be seduced by the Pacific Ocean and its endless waves.
If you are looking for quieter beaches, with sands that are mixed with large rocks, fishing coves that are activated and a good offer of restaurants, you must move with your motorhome 57 km north of Viña del Mar, following the coast until you find the little one town of Maitencillo. Zapallar is one of the most aristocratic spas in the region, with a tradition of almost a century. The small bay and the hills that close to the wind to Zapallar make it the owner of an extraordinary microclimate and is famous for its large trees, beautiful summer houses, beautiful gardens and the church built in stone. Enjoy Zapallar recording its stone path by the sea, which with a Cachagua and that you will soon reach Maitencillo.