A visit to the Pacific coast just a couple of hour’s drive from Santiago makes for an enjoyable day’s outing. The journey takes you through mountain ranges and fertile farmland, orchards and citrus groves.

Ollie and Kate B are here to help give you the inside track.

Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Dec - Jan

Flight from London London

14:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -4 hrs

Valparaíso is a UNESCO heritage site and Chile's most important port, and is particularly appealing due to its hillside setting, with steep winding streets tumbling towards the harbour.

The most pleasant way to explore is by wandering among the colourful houses and taking in the views from the promenades; take the funicular if you don't fancy the climb up narrow staircases.

You may wish to combine Valparaiso with Viña del Mar, slightly further along the coast and much more developed and refined; its palm-lined avenues, large hotels and casino reflecting its position as a popular holiday spot for Chileans and Europeans.

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As a tumbledown port town, Valparaiso isn’t glossy or polished, but that adds to its bohemian atmosphere. Architecture and décor are crumbling but renovations and maintenance are being supported by the UNESCO status.

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Where to stay

The Aubrey

The Aubrey

Situated in the boho barrio of Bellavista, the Aubrey (dating from 1927), is Santiago's first real boutique hotel.

Casa Higueras

Casa Higueras

Housed in a converted 1920’s mansion, Casa Higueras is a stylish yet comfortable boutique hotel, and the first boutique hotel to open in the UNESCO World Heritage town.

Lapostolle Residence

Lapostolle Residence

Nestled into the forested hills of the Colchagua Valley, the exclusive Lapostolle Residence Winery & Lodge, run by the Marnier-Lapostolle family, is located 3 hours south of Santiago.

La Casona at Matetic Vineyard

La Casona at Matetic Vineyard

Just over a hundred kilometers from Santiago, La Casona at Matetic Vineyard is a seven room, century-old guesthouse which is the perfect base from which to explore the biodynamic Matetic Vineyard.

Lastarria

Lastarria

The central location in trendy Barrio Lastarria means guests are never far from the action, and just a stone's throw from many of the city’s cultural attractions.

Ritz Carlton

Ritz Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton Santiago is located in the El Golf neighbourhood of the Chilean capital.

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Vina Vik

Vina Vik is an avant-garde retreat and wine spa designed by the ever successful Alexander and Carrie Vik. This cutting edge contemporary cabin overlooks the vineyard below and offers guests a cultural wine experience amidst 11,000 acres of nature.

Hotel Portillo

Hotel Portillo

Portillo is unique because there is no actual town and only one hotel of note - Hotel Portillo.

The Singular Santiago

The Singular Santiago

The Singular hotel in Santiago is set to provide a trendy stay for Chile’s visitors. The hotel is located in the city’s centre of arts and all things cultural. Its architecture combines the style of 20th century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences.

Palacio Astoreca

Palacio Astoreca

Sitting pretty on the crest of Monte Alegre, one of the many hills which make up the coastal town of Valparaiso, Palacio Astoreca is a beautifully restored Victorian mansion which is one of the best hotels in the region.

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