Spanish Language Course Chile – Viña del Mar
Attractions in the Viña del Mar and Valparaiso area range from brilliant historic gemstones to festivities that give you a true insight into the Chilean culture. A good start for those in the area in February is the Viña del Mar International Song Festival.
This world renowned festival features both South American acts in addition to some large international names. For those interested in botany, the awe-inspiring Jardín Botánico Nacional will fascinate and educate garden enthusiasts.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the downtown area of Valparaiso will offer wanderers a taste of some of the region’s historic architecture. For another kind of taste, restaurants present local cuisine that will tantalize the taste buds, especially the fresh catch of the day.
If you’re a fan of museums, there are plenty to pass the time. Peruse the collections and exhibits of the Museo de Arqueología e Historia Francisco Fonck, Museo Municipal de Bella Artes, La Sebastiana House Museum, Lord Cochrane Maritime Museum, and the Natural History Museum.
Where there’s beach, there is often a wealth of recreation. Viña del Mar and Valparaiso don’t disappoint. Hiking, cycling, surfing, horseback riding, sand-boarding, sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing are just a few activities to get you started.
There are also diving and fishing expeditions available through reputable outfitters. Many of the adventures can be tailored to fit beginners as well as those with more experience.
When you’re ready for a slower pace try Parque Quinta Vergara, or meander up one of the cerras for some truly magnificent views.
If going on foot doesn’t appeal, there are ascensores that connect the harbors to the hillsides. At the end of the day, a long stroll down one of the sandy beaches is sure to relax the weary traveler.
There is a small airport in Viña del Mar in addition to several other options when traveling to the coast. Flights into the area are often pricey, so visitors often look into other forms of transportation.
If entering by automobile, make sure to familiarize yourself with the complex city roads and tolls along the way. For simpler travel, try a bus or train.
Both are available from many destinations like Santiago or Mendoza. The train is newer and runs between Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, and other coastal locations.
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