Day Trips from Santiago

Feb 8, 2019

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Santiago is within striking distance from wonderland seaside cities and towns brimming with character. If you have an extra day or two, use the capital as your homebase for these worthwhile daytrips.

 

Valparaiso

The seaside town of Valparaiso opened its arms to street artists from all over South America, welcoming them to decorate the once-neglected streets with colorful murals and artwork. This graffiti is now a major draw to the city for Chilean natives and curious travelers alike. Key stops include the Cerro Concepcion street bursting with street art, riding an elevator from the late 1800s up the steep hillside, visiting the second home of Pablo Nerdua at La Sabastiana and wandering the cemeteries lined with streets of marble house-like tombs.

 

Colchagua Valley

Otherwise known as wine country, Colchagua Valley boasts dozens of wineries on the outskirts of the quaint, sleepy little town of Santa Cruz. Use Casa Pando as your homebase to explore; the family-run hotel will help you make reservations for everything from private picnics in the vineyards and electric bike rentals to fine-dining meals and horse-drawn carriage wine tours. Be sure to check out Fuegos de Apalta for lunch at Montes Winery for incredible food from a previous Top Chef winner.

 

Isla Negra

The coastal town of Isla Negra offers visitors winding roads lined with pine trees and hippie-style 1960s homes to admire. Use this destination to get some R&R in the sunshine by laying out at the rocky beach, listening to the waves crash against the nearby coastline.

 

 

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