Discover Viña del Mar in the Chilean Heartland

Renowned for its white-sand beaches that stretch north through the suburbs of Reñaca and Concón, Viña del Mar is also known as Chile’s Ciudad Jardín (Garden City) for its Mediterranean cityscapes. Here’s an overview of the area and some essentials for planning your trip.

Saving Chile’s Rivers

Over the past decade-plus, the only environmental issue to rival forest preservation has been Chile’s wild rivers. The struggle over water rights and development will likely continue well into the future.

Monumento Natural El Morado

Beyond San Gabriel, where the Río Yeso joins the Maipo and the paved road ends, it’s 23 kilometers farther to one of the canyon’s finest excursions, a taste of the high Andes at Monumento Natural El Morado.

Environmental Issues in Chile

Chile faces a multitude of environmental issues, both urban and rural. Wayne Bernhardson discusses challenges including air, water, and noise pollution, garbage disposal, wildland conservation, and soil degradation.

Visiting San Juan Bautista on Isla Robinson Crusoe

On Robinson Crusoe’s well-watered north shore, at the foot of the precipitous Cordón Chifladores, San Juan Bautista sits on a narrow wave-cut terrace facing the sheltered Bahía Cumberland. Here’s how to get there, what to see, and where to stay.