Viña del Mar's signature Reloj de Flores or "Clock of Flowers." Photo © John O'Connell, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

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.

Blue misty mountain peaks fading into the distance with a mountain peak in the foreground.

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.

Two funiculars painted with colorful graffiti-style pop artwork move along the hillside.

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.

A market stall with crates overflowing with grapes, bananas, and other produce.

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.

Map of Chilean Heartland

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.