One popular way of sight seeing in Vina del Mar was by horse drawn carriage.
However the weather was not as ideal as we were visiting Vina del Mar, and also we were also short in time as we only arrived here in the late afternoon, and the next day we wanted to visit Valparaiso.
Besides the part of the Easter Island archeologics there was also an interesting part on Chilean history with all kind of objects from the mainland, and of course the Mapuche culture.
There was even a mummy.
At the second floor there were all kind of local stuffed animals (condor ...)
And also a small section on the headhunters (showing the techniques to make small heads . . .)
In front of the Museo de Arquelogico e Historia Francisco Fonck, there was an original Moai.
A big part of the collection of this Museum Fonck was dedicated on the culture and mysterious Moai statues.
If you are passing by in Vina del Mar this is surely a spot you can not miss (of course if you are interested a bit in this stuff)
As I had just visited Easter Island (Isla Pasqua), I surely wanted to visit Museum Fonck in Vina del Mar.
The Museo de Arquelogico e Historia Francisco Fonck is specialized in Easter Island archaelogico and Chilean culture.
There was a very interesting part of the exposition dedicated to Easter Island, which was very interesting as I had just visited Easter Island a week before.
Entrance fee was 1.500 pesos
The rich seaside town of Vina del Mar has the summer palace of the President of Chile, which is at Cerro Castillo. There is also a huge Casino, built in the 1930s and set in gorgeous gardens.
The town is not a stop-over for the usual backpackers. I was here because I met a Vina del Mar family and was invited to stay with them. As it turned out, I really like the pleasant weather, the beautiful beaches and the pretty modern town centre.
But many Chileans make a trip to Vina del Mar during the summer holidays to swim, tan, enjoy seafood or have a game at the casinos. The streets are bustling with shoppers and horse-drawn carriages called ‘victorias’.
Every February, there is an international song festival too.
Reñaca is probably the most popular beach in Viña del Mar. It receives thousands of visitors during the summer, it's the beach that young people prefers.
There are five terraces along Reñaca where snacks are served.
Nearby the beach, there are hotels, supermarkets and boutiques.
At night there's a vibrant nightlife.
A trip to Viña del Mar must include a visit to Reñaca!
Vina del Mar boasts that it is Chile's most luxurious beach resort town, attracting visitors from all over the world. Even though it was off season...it was quite lovely to take walks on the beautiful white sand beach .
In November though it is very quite....summer doesn't start until December and then the whole landsape changes when the peope role in.
Even if plants aren't you're thing , this is a wonderful walking area with lots of woodland and paths ....its huge , with hundreds of species of flora. It was commissioned by Pascual Baburizza, and created by French landscape gardener George Dubois .
Well I have to admit the only reason we went here was to see the Easter Island Muai It is the only Muai on South America's mainland....and it will probably be my only chance to actually see one!!
The museum itself is tiny, but definetly worth a visit. It has some interesting exhibits of remains dating back to Chile's prehistory and pre-Columbian pottery. Another section contains exhibits of fossils and minerals, and stuffed animals.
Re?aca es un barrio de Vi?a del Mar que, debido a su fuerte desarrollo como balneario de veraneo, a adquirido vida propia y posee una infraestructura tur?stica, adem?s de oferta hotelera y una mayor oferta de casas y departamentos en arriendos de verano. Re?aca es el lugar m?s solicitado en el litoral, es el centro predilecto de la juventud y el lugar donde se re?nen miles de visitantes en verano. Cuenta con hermosas y modernas modificaciones, que tienen frente a playa una arquitectura de terrazas o edificios escalonados en la ladera.
Al atardecer su costanera es un paseo caracter?stico, presenta una cantidad de hoteles y caba?as, adem?s de una amplia gastronom?a.
Venetian style, instead of using marble for their construction, stone and bronze, light materials were used. This palace of 3000 mts built, was qualified by Doña Blanca, daughter of the founder of Vine of the Sea. In first stage it today lodges the Museum of Beautiful Arts. The 9 of May of the 2000, the municipal council of Vine of the Sea, approved it like historical and/or architectonic Construction.
Estilo veneciano, en vez de usar para su construcción mármol, piedra y bronce, se utilizaron materiales ligeros. Este palacio de 3000 mts edificados, fue habilitado por doña Blanca, hija del fundador de Viña del Mar. En el primer piso alberga hoy el Museo de Bellas Artes.
El 9 de mayo del 2000, el concejo municipal de Viña del Mar, lo aprobó como Edificación histórica y/o arquitectónica.
Visitas: Martes a Domingo 10 a 13.30 hrs. / 15 a 17.30 hrs.
Valor Entrada: $500 Adultos / $300 Niños
Cerro Castillo (Castle Hill) is located in downtown Vi?a. It was home of a lot of rich people by the early 1900's. They built their houses on this hill because of the exquisite view of the Pacific Ocean and Valparaiso. On this hill you'll find the presidential summer house and a small castle, from where the hill got its name. This castle is owned now by the policemen, and they have their "entertainment centre" there.
There are no buses to take you up, but you can always walk. Don't go there during the night, as you might find drunk people on the stairs or even burglars.
Maybe this won't make the usual "Must See Activities" on any tourist guide, but it's a house worth taking a peek.
Actually this house is made from the rock itself where it stands on, and its quite amazing how the rock was carved to make the house. I like to stop over and watch it, imaging it how it would be on the inside. It's current owner's won't probably let you go inside, but you'll be able to take some pics of it. If you're interested of course.
The coast street (costanera) from Renaca to Con Con is quite a beautiful way to see the ocean, and maybe the sunset. It starts from Renaca and it ends up in Con Con, where the Aconcagua river finds the sea. It's a 12 km street with nice views of the Pacific Ocean. There are a few landmarks that are worth seeing. I'll name them in order, from Renaca to Concon:
1. Sea wolves: Pasing Cochoa beach, you'll find lots of rocks where you can see the sea lions resting and playing on top of them. They are a very loud and quite large kind of seal.
2. The Roca Oceanica: It's quite a huge rock, where you can climb on top and see the Pacific Ocean in front of you.
3. The lighthouse: quite a small lighthouse, but I like it. It makes nice pictures.
4. The rock house: it's actually a house made from a rock and with the rock around it. It's current owners live there, but it's quite amazing. Stop over and take a peek.
Sea wolves are quite common on cold waters. These guys just eat and lay down their huge bodies on the rocks. You'll be able to see them rest and sometimes play.
Definately the best place to see them is on the way to Con Con, past Cochoa Beach.
If you come over in winter, and there is too much waves, you won't probably see them. Come on, these guys need to rest. They won't struggle to keep themselves on top of the rocks...