Area guide to Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, Chile

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Just 140 kilometers west of Santiago on the Pacific coast, neighboring Vina del Mar (Vina) and Valparaiso (Valpo) are like opposite sides of the same coin. Vina del Mar, the 'Garden City,' is one of Chile's premier beach resorts, with excellent hotels and shopping. Valparaiso, a world heritage site and immortalized in the words of Pablo Neruda, is one of Chile's if not South America's most charismatic and historic ports, with its charming "ascensores" (funiculars) and colorful hillside houses.
In recent years both cities, together with some of its neighbors have combined their efforts to provide a new year fireworks spectacle ranging several miles of coastline and challenged only by the biggest international events.
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Places to eat from the bohemian restaurants in Valparaiso to the guormet restaurants in Vina del Mar
Together these two cities can satisfy any taste, from the bohemian bistros and restaurants of Valparaiso to the finest gourmet restaurants of Vina. With over 4000 km of coastline it is no wonder that Chile is renowned for its seafood, be sure to check it out.
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Shopping opertunities in Vina and Valpo
From High quality Lapis Lazuli jewelry, custom designed clothes, and high street shopping to artisan fairs selling traditional Chilean or "Andean" style handicrafts and the works of local painters. The perfect holiday gift or remembrance of Chile can be found in numerous places.
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A listing of actvities in and around our cities
Sky diving, horse riding, deep sea (ocean) diving or leisurely sunbathing on our splendid beaches are some of the possibilities available in Vina & Valpo. We recommend a local city tour as an easy way to get to know the area.
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Study in Vina or Valpo, language courses, universities, schools
Home to at least 6 universities and numerous language schools, this area offers a wide range of study possibilities. Anything from Spanish refresher courses for those that want to brush up their Spanish before discovering the continent to complete university programs and courses.
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Accommodation: hotels, hostels etc.
From unbridled luxury to the coziness of small family run accommodations, whether your looking for a place to stay on your holiday, organize your daughter's wedding or hold your company's event, we are sure you will find somewhere to suit your taste, your budget or the facilities needed.
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From the horse races to the casino, ample gambling opertunities abound
Being home to Chile's oldest and most active Casino as well as the only Race track to still offer a traditional unaltered English style Derby the gambler in you can play to his hearts intend. A day at the races, a night in the casino or simply a family day out at the Derby, everything is possible.
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Nightlife; bars discos etc.
Vina & Valpo have an active nightlife and the possibilities range from discussing art & politics in one of the cafes, an evening out to the theater or Opera, to a night at the Disco making new friends. Old or young, there is something for all.
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Visit The Casablanca vineyards
Halfway between Santiago and Valparaiso is the Valle de Casablanca, one of the coolest wine growing areas in Chile. It lies at the western end of the Aconcagua, where the ocean influence allows for slow ripening of the grapes and is famed for the indisputable quality of its white wines and Pinot Noir..
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Day tours and trips
The easiest way to visit and get to know the area is to take an organized tour with a knowledgeable guide providing historical and further information on the area.
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