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.

Parque Nacional La Campana near Viña del Mar

Noteworthy for a network of integrated hiking trails that cross ridges and scale summits with spectacular views from the Pacific to the summit of Aconcagua (across the border in Argentina), Parque Nacional La Campana is also a historic site.

The Ascensores of Valparaíso

Nothing else distinguishes Valparaíso so much as its hillside ascensores. The funiculars which date from the late 19th century were once 33 in number but are now down to 14 or so with only half a dozen functional.

What to See and Do in Chillán

Here’s a guide to what to see and do in Chillán, a heartland city whose vibrant fruit-and-vegetable market and renowned Mexican murals are reason enough for stopping.

Museo Fundo Hualpén near Concepción

Set in Parque Pedro del Río Zañartu, the late-19th-century mansion belonging to businessman, farmer, whaler, nitrate baron, and writer Pedro del Río Zañartu was opened to the public as a museum in 1938.

Moon Chile

Seasoned author and South America expert Wayne Bernhardson covers the best of Chile’s rich history and culture, from skiing in the boroughs of Santiago to wine-tasting in the country’s heartland. To help travelers plan for their trip, Bernhardson includes insightful and fun suggested itineraries, such as Adventure in the Andes; The Best of Santiago, Valparaíso, […]