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 immortalised 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 colourful hillside houses. In recent years both cities, together with some of its neighbours have combined their efforts to provide a new year fireworks spectacle ranging several miles of coastline and challenged only by the biggest international events.

Cruises dock in the port and passengers are transported in free shuttle buses to the Valparaíso Cruise Terminal Muelle Prat, which is within walking distance to town. Or a short cab ride to Vina del Mar, the more elegant sister city of Valparaiso.

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Why visit Valparaiso ?

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140 kilometres west of Santiago

Neighbouring Vina del Mar

There is a Visitor centre on Muelle Prat by the pier.

As this is also a port of disembarkation or embarkation, a taxi ride to the airport of Santiago will cost at the very least $100, therefore try to prearrange your transfers.

The main tourist attraction is La Sebastiana, the hilltop home of Chile’s late Nobel-prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. The house is a maze of quirky rooms, each with a prize city view. The grandest square is Sotomayor, the gateway to the town pier, and is lined with statues and fine official buildings including the Chilean navy headquarters. The tourist information office here offers free maps with walking tours.

Walking is really the only way to see Valparaíso.

Santiago de Chile is the capital and economic centre of Chile. With its many museums, events, theatres, restaurants, bars and other entertainment and cultural opportunities, it is also the political and cultural centre of the country. Its central location in the country makes it a great base for visiting other areas, and it is possible to ski in the nearby Andes and later be on the beach, all in the same day.

There is a row of curio shops by the dock, which are packed with tourists when a cruise ship docks in Valparaíso.

Chile has so-called cyber-cafes, stores offering Internet access. The cost of accessing the world info network varies from town to town. In Santiago, an hour online costs $4.

Business and trade establishments in Chile are generally open to the public from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a 60-minute lunch break at 1pm. Saturday timetable is 9am to 2pm. In malls, the timetable is Monday through Sunday from 10am to 9pm.

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