Viña del Mar Travel Guide

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Viña del Mar Highlights

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    Peruviangirlontour says…

     Small and you can walk to anywhere 

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     Too crowded during Summer time. 

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     A nice place! 

Viña del Mar Things to Do

  • plaza bergara

    Viña del Mar's central square, Plaza Vergara is lined with majestic palms. To the west on Avenida Valparaíso is the city's main shopping strip, a one-lane, seven-block stretch with extra-wide sidewalks and numerous stores and sidewalk cafés. You can hire a horse-drawn carriage to take you from the square past some of the city's stately

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  • casino de viña del mar

    is open daily 24 hours. The casino's gaming space features 1,200 gaming machines and eighty-seven table games. The property has three restaurants, one bar and a hotel.

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  • visit El Castillo Wulff

    which is the climate of course. no one to blame:) gorgeous views of the pacific. is free enter the sundays, have the 3 room, with decoration antiques.

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  • nice museum

    This is a small museum which majors on Easter Island (hence the moai outside) but also has other rooms on Chilean life and natual history. Worth a visit.

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  • SEAL SPOTTING!

    Just about 2 miles North of the Casino is a Seal Spotting area. You cannot miss it! There are plenty of signs and parking places. The Seals are not always there, and they do not always make themselves available for great photos. When I arrived, it was just rocks, but then one (shy) one arrived. Then a second equally shy seal showed up. If they are...

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  • Horse and Carriage ride or "Victorias"

    If you would like to try something rather touristy in Viña then you could go on a horse and carriage ride around the town. The locals call them Victorias. It is an unusual and relaxing way to take in some of Viña´s sites, and very romantic!

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  • Walk around the centre of Viña

    The older part of Viña del Mar is the area around the plaza and the main street. It is worth taking a walk around the area to appreciate some of the older buildings architecture in the city. There are plenty of restaurants and shops in the area on Avenida Valparaiso, the main plaza (Plaza Jose Francisco Vergara) and not far from here is the bus...

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  • Go to Valparaiso

    Valparaiso is actually another city but it is very very close to Viña around the bay to the south. Valparaiso is a lot older than Viña and is a port city. It is a "must see" for any trip to the coast of Chile. You should go up the Peral Asensor (cable car) just past the Plaza Sotomayor up Cerro Alegre and take a walk through to Cerro Concepcion...

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  • Walk along the coastline

    One of my favourite things to do in Viña is to head towards the beach - not to go swimming - but to walk along the pathways and watch the world go by. There are little street stalls with artesania and jewellery and local street food for sale.You can see the Vergara Pier near the stalls. You used to be able to walk along it but it has been closed as...

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Viña del Mar Restaurants

  • Starbucks Coffee

    As a huge starbucks fan wherever I go, I have to say that this time I am giving up here in Chile. Service is OK but the sandwiches and coffee they are serving very good. Better local coffee. coffe with caramel

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  • la flor de chile

    there is one TV in the restaurant we were forced to wait for a table or sit outside on the sidewalk.Come for a relaxing meal with friends in a cozy atmosphere where the staff is professional. the food and drink, The tortilla española is myfavorite dish.

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  • El Sabor de tu Unico Norte

    At night we went to a Mexican restaurant The Cuernavaca.Lucky for us that is was not so far from our hotel as it was raining, raining, raining, almost like a tropical rain shower.This Mexican restaurant has a cozy wooden interior and an open fire.Later on there was also life music on the background.Service was friendly and quick.And of course the...

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  • Restaurant Cap Ducal

    This restaurant, although more expensive than the average seafood restaurant in the area, is worth a visit for the history and ambience, not to mention the excellent food and service. The restaurant sits over the sea and also contains a boutique hotel. I ate the Congrio Cap Ducal (see pic) which was absolutely delicious.

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  • Popular Seafood Restaurant

    Even in off season this place was busy...so reservations probably needed in peak times. The seafood was wonderful and prepared with some different sauces.Very good service and a good atmosphere...lots of plants...very South American! Loved the Bass

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  • If you want a steak

    We loved this place ...no English but sign language worked perfect...I just wanted to make sure I didn't get the mixed grill with the blood pudding or sweet breads ...but it was no problem . We had a huge grill with beef , ribs, chicken, and sausages. The wine was super of course. A cozy place with stone walls and friendly staff.

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Viña del Mar Nightlife

  • disco

    the place is very modern, with loud music, game of lighting, much people, the music is American, tecno, is big space, and the weekend is full. you need paid the ticket to enter, and sometime is party there are. casual

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  • Casino

    Tha Casino was opened in 1930, and since then it's been the most important Casino in Chile.The Casino was recently re-decorated and a five stars hotel was built.For updated information about the Casino's events, visit http://www.casinodevinadelmar.cl There's no dress code for the slot machines (although I'd suggest avoiding jeans and sneakers).For...

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  • Clubbing

    There aren't many clubs in Vina. But if you go during the summer, new clubs always arrive to the city.The 2 most well known:1. Scratch: Casual dressing. Good music. Quite crowded. Women must be over 18 and men over 21. Quillota ave. (from Libertad ave take 10 norte st. 4 blocks towards the hills)2. Ovo: this is a really good club, with good music....

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Viña del Mar Transportation

  • To Vina del Mar by bus

    After lunch we left Santiago, and headed up North towards Vina del Mar.It was an organised trip, so transport was included, and they provided a big luxury Coach to bring us to Vina del MarWith only 20 persons in such a big bus, each one had a double seat for himself.Like this it was a very comfortable trip.It was only a one and half hour trip over...

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  • Bus from Santiago

    One of the cheapest ways to get to Viña is by bus. I have often made day trips from Santiago using this method of transport. The most convenient way for someone without a car is to take a bus. Buses in Santiago depart from the main terminal (Terminal Alameda) located at Metro station Universidad de Santiago (on line 1) and then travel the short...

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    hey folks, i was wondering whether i can is a brief description on the point of view of two different age groups about the main topics of public transport, entertainment and shopping in vina del mar... Looking forward to "reading" you.kilt

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Viña del Mar Shopping

  • HAND MADE GOODS

    This area is close to Santiago. The shop owners are the makers of the crafts they are selling Hand made things out of Lapis and wool.

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  • Artcraft

    If you want to buy local artcraft, there are several places where you can go:1. Next to the Muelle Vergara, on the weekends, you'll find plenty of kiosks that are next to the beach, where they sell plenty of artcraft.2. Quinta Vergara: inside the Quinta (look at the travel tip to know where it is), on the months of January and February (summer),...

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  • Marina Arauco Mall

    This is Viña's only shopping mall. It has 2 department stores and quite a lot of other stores. Most of the people in Viña shop in this place. Is ideal for buying music, clothes and electronics. Not a great idea for buying artcraft.

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Viña del Mar Local Customs

  • dont miss go to the quinta vergara

    It is a nice place to go for a ride, with plenty of trees and flowers and an extensive craft market, We can't see the Palacio Vergara because it was damaged in the earthquake, nor the auditorium becuase it was beeing prepared for the Viña del Mar Festival.

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  • Tipping

    In Chile the standard tip in a restaurant is 10% which is sometimes added onto the bill but more often than not you need to leave behind on the table. If paying by credit card you can ask to add the tip to the bill and indicate the standard 10%. Do not tip taxis.If you drive a car in Chile, in particular Santiago then there are places where you can...

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  • Kisses for the ladies

    As most latin countries, when you say hi to a lady, you don't give out your hand. That's consider rude. When you say hi to her, you've got to give her a kiss on the cheek. More than a kiss, it's just a cheek-to-cheek salute. This is both for men and women. It's just one kiss, so don't try to give more, unless of course she's a pretty lady...

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Viña del Mar Warnings and Dangers

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    by jlpretty Written May 6, 2007

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    While I was walking I had a man in a soccer jersy try to Steal my purse. I screamed as loud as I could and he was unable to get it out of my hands but it was during the day and I was not in a private area....so hang on to your purse and watch around you. I am sure he was unable to steal it because I knew he was there. Screaming loud and making myself the object of everyone attention helped too. It happened close to the Hotel Del Mar.

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Viña del Mar Tourist Traps

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    by IIGUANA Written Nov 10, 2003

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    Vina del Mar is my hometown, although I live in Santiago now. A couple of minutes ago I've heard someone talk about the bus (micro) fares. I don't know really if there's another city in Chile which have different fares for different bus distances. In Vina del Mar, if you want to travel somewhere by bus, the fares are quite different. If you go from Con Con to Valparaiso, it'll be much more expensive than from downtown to Valparaiso. Be sure to see the bus fares posted inside before paying. This guy I met paid 500 chilean pesos for a bus ride, while it should have been only 200. Bus drivers always try to take advantage of tourists. Quite a shame.

    Unique Suggestions: Read all the bus fares before paying.

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Viña del Mar Favorites

  • Problems with Pullman bus

    It seems that there is a problem with the website for Pullman bus, I was comparing prices online and in the website of Pullman the price for a trip roundtrip to Viña from Santiago was 16,600 pesos which is obviously wrong. In TurBus it was only 6000 pesos. What is more there is no way to send an email to Pullman to tell them that there is an error...

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  • People

    There's people from all over the world here. Omar (omar_samra), Camilo (camilo74) and me were walking along Renaca coast when we saw a guy that seem to be Egyptian for Omar.......he was selling papyrus :o) so a few minutes later when we were coming back in our on the beach, we saw him again and Omar talked to him, he was from Morocco, but came to...

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  • A VT friend

    Omar (omar_samra) from Egypt was in Viña del Mar during September, so we met here.He's a very nice person, funny and sweet.we had a good time walking around the city :o)Nice to have met you Omar!.

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