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When you have explored the city, make for the coast for a day, traveling through orchards and olive plantations to the seaside towns of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.

Valparaíso and Viña del Mar

Tumbling precariously down dozens of hills to the port, Valparaíso is a maze of colorful buildings, boulevards and viewpoints, best explored using its ancient funicular railways and ‘elevators’. Here you can visit one of the homes of Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, who was inspired by the town’s melting-pot charm and eccentricity.

Viña del Mar, however, is a genteel and fashionable resort that has been the weekend retreat of rich Santiago folk for generations.


About two hours further north is the attractive and chic resort town of Zapallar, set on a curved sandy bay and backed by lush forests this is a perfect place for a stop of a couple of nights.

Our favorite hotel here is the Isla Seca, a friendly property with two swimming pools and good views of the ocean.

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Suggested itineraries featuring the Central Valley & Coast

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Central Valley & Coast, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Central Valley & Coast

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around the Central Valley & Coast

    Accommodation choices for the Central Valley & Coast

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Central Valley & Coast. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Superior Room, Hotel Casa Thomas Somerscales

      Hotel Casa Thomas Somerscales


      The family home of the English sailor and artist, Thomas Somerscales is now a beautiful eight bedroom hotel perched high on the colorful Cerro Alegre.

    • Hotel Zero, Valparaiso

      Hotel Zero


      Hotel Zero is an old townhouse hotel with great views across the city and access to some fantastic restaurants.

    • Casa Higueras, Valparaiso

      Casa Higueras

      First Class

      Located in the heart of Cerro Alegre and facing an impressive view of the bay, Casa Higueras was the original boutique hotel to open in Valparaiso.

    • Hotel Palacio Astoreca, Valparaiso

      Hotel Palacio Astoreca

      First Class

      A wonderfully distinctive world-heritage house, the Palacio combines modern Art Deco styles in its rooms, whilst retaining the colonial feel of the building as a whole.

    • Hotel Acontraluz

      Hotel Acontraluz


      Situated in the old quarter of Valparaiso this renovated old house makes for a wonderful boutique hotel.