The Coast


 

Valparaíso:

Valparaiso historic old town as well as Alegre and Concepción hills, have been declared Community Heritage by UNESCO in July 2003 as a result of its unique architecture, rich culture and history, and also for having been in the past the most important port in Latin America.  The colourful architecture of this city assembles an open air amphitheatre, where the port´s life is its main show.

 


 

Viña del Mar:

Viña del Mar was first created as an aristocratic community of Valparaiso at the end of the 19th century, with the purpose of having an exclusive residential area far from the busy life of the port and hills. After some time Viña del Mar became independent from Valparaiso and turned into one of the most important areas for leisure on the central coast of Chile. Residential areas and a large number of buildings are seen on the streets in contrast to the colonial structures still preserved there.

 


 

Zapallar and Cachagua:

One of the most exclusive coastal towns of the country, Zapallar is located 71 km from Viña del Mar and is surrounded by a marvelous natural landscape.  The town is also beautified by the well-maintained gardens and grand houses of the upper class.  Two of the town’s national monuments of historic value are the Hildesheim House and the Pila de Bronce, found in the main square.  Zapallar’s greatest attraction is Cachagua Island, a nature sanctuary from which you see Humboldt and Magellan penguins.