Latin America Travel & Tour Information
Viņa del mar Travel Information
One of the foremost South American seaside resorts, is 9km from Valparaiso by one of the innumerable express buses , which run along a narrow belt between the shore and precipitous cliffs. Halfway, on the hill of Los Placeres, is the Universidad Tecnica.
The popular bathing resort of El Recreo is passed, then Caleta Abarca with is crowded beaches, florel clock and big Hotel Miramar. Beaches are often closed because of pollution.
Follow the street signs for a self-guided tour of Vina del Marīs sights.
At the entrance to Viņa del Mar there is a steep bluff, worth climbing for the views over viņa from its paseos. Here also is cerro Castillo;the summer palace of the President of the Republic . Below, to the left, is the lagoon of the Marga Marga, crossed by bridge which leads direct to the casino , built in the 1930s and set in beautiful gardens, US$6 to enter, jacket and tie for men required(open all year).
One of the sights is the municipally owned Quinta Vergara, superb gardens with a double avenue of palms(highly recommended). The palacio Vergara, in the Gradens, houses the museo de bellas artes and trhe academia de Bellas artes.
Part of the grounds is a childrenīs playground, and there is an outdoor auditorium where concerts and ballet are performed in the summer months , and a international song festival is held every February.
The Teatro Municipal is on Plaza Vergara. The palacio Rioja, the former mansion of a Spanish banker, dating from 1906, can be visited. Near the Valparaiso Sporting club with is racecourse and playing fields are the Granadilla Golf Club and a large stadium.
In the hills behind is a large artificial lake,the laguna Sausalito , adjacent to Estadio Sausalito (home to everton soccer team , among many other sporting events).
It possesses an execellent , tourist complex with swimming pools, boating, tennis courts,sandy beaches, water skiing, restaurants, etc.Entry us$ 2.5, children under 11, us$ 1.75, take colectivo No from calle viana.