Before my exchange I had never thought about traveling to Chile. But this country literally has everything to offer: beautiful beaches, mountains, dessert, volcanoes & icebergs! It is the perfect country to go on adventure, experience some culture and relax. I lived in Viña del Mar for 5 months, it was the best time of my live! Living abroad, meeting locals, challenging myself with new cultures, a new language and new sceneries. This made me realize there is more to life. I met people that came from different cultures but with the same passion for new adventures. This exchange opened my mind and heart for new perspectives.
Viña del Mar “la mejor ciudad para vivir”
“The most popular beach resort in the country”. I wouldn’t go here for the beach but for the perfect location and the amazing atmosphere. From Viña you can easily take a bus to Valparaiso and Reñaca, just go to Avenida Libertad, jump on the bus (it will cost you less than €0.20) and the bus driver will drop you off wherever you want! The bus system is just amazing!
How to get there
You can take a bus from the airport in Santiago to Pajaritos, the terminal bus stations and here you can take a direct bus to Viña del Mar (1h30)
Where to sleep
Street garden hostel
An amazing place to sleep with the most friendly hosts. You can book a private room or a communal room. The owners are the most friendly people you will meet, they will give you tips and help you to figure out your activities. It is located in the centre of Viña del Mar with an easy acces to the bus stops.Check it out on Streetgardenhostel Viña del Mar
What to eat
La flor de Chile: try Chorrillana in a local, cosy and traditional restaurant!
Try to have Choripan somewhere, it is a delicious sandwich with a barbecue prepared sausage. Chileans are the best in having an “asado” (barbecue). So if you find the opportunity, you should definitely try it.
Reñaca – Concón
How to get there?
Just hop on a bus on avenida libertad to Reñaca.
You can also take a colectivo, these are cheap group taxis that run their fixed routes indicated on the signs on their roofs.
What to do?
Sand dunes in Reñaca.
TIP: take some lunch or dinner and have a picnic in the dunes. The view is amazing, especially at sunset.
Chill on the beach (way more quiet than in Viña)
Go surfing in Concón. If you want to surf or learn how to surf you should go to “Punto Surf” at La Boca, Concón. You can rent your equipment here and you also have the possibility to take some surf classes. It is an amazing place to surf, chill and enjoy the chilean sun.
How to get there?
Go to terminal de buses en Calle Valparaíso, Viña del Mar. Here you can take a travel bus to Horcon, it will take you around an hour and a half.
What to do?
Go to the beach in front of the village where you can find this creative bridge.
Afterwards you should take a short walk up the main street and then along Avenida Cau-Cau. A steep staircase will take you down to Playa Cau-Cau, a pleasant quiet beach surrounded by nature.
“If you do nothing unexpected, nothing unexpected happens.” – fay weldon