Stretching from the beautiful blue waters of the Pacific Coast near Viña del Mar to northwest of the capital of Santiago, the Valparaíso region is a stunning and rightfully popular place to visit in Chile! Whether you're hiking the streets under the colorful buildings overlooking the sea or hiking the trails around the Lake Peñuelas National Park Reserve, this area is perfect for soaking up the culture and beauty of Chile.
With towering hillsides filled with bright buildings that look out over the Pacific Ocean, the city of Valparaíso is known as "Little San Francisco" for a number of reasons! As the third-largest metropolitan area in the country, Valparaíso vacation rentals are perfectly situated near the hustle and bustle of a bigger city without losing the beauty and charm of a seaside town. The historic quarter of this city has been named a UNESCO world heritage site, and the residents (known as porteños and porteñas) have made a distinct and successful effort to keep the culture and vibrancy alive. Home to countless major festivals, street music and artists, and heaps of delicious food from the surrounding sea and valleys, you can truly soak up the Chilean culture with our Valparaíso lodging options.
Besides the beauty and business of the city of Valparaíso, the surrounding hillsides and the nearby Reserva Nacional Lago Peñuelas provide more picturesque scenery as well as places to explore. Lake Peñuelas is a man-made lake created in the early 20th century that's become a mecca for bird-watching, wildlife sight-seeing, and hiking/exploring. Just 30 kilometers southeast of the city, this area is accessible all year round. In addition to the Lake Reserve, the fertile surrounding valleys are home to many famous family-run Chilean vineyards you'll definitely want to taste-test for yourself. Of course, if you're more interested in soaking up the sun along the Pacific, there are many places to enjoy the white-sand beaches just south of Valparaíso.
Whichever way you decide to enjoy this stunning part of Chile, the Valparaíso region has endless possibilities to choose from! From swimming in the blue waters of the bay, shopping the best boutiques around, or exploring the seaside cliffs and nearby parks, there's always something interesting to find in this historic and spirited region. Find out for yourself with one of our Valparaíso vacation rentals and enjoy your trip!
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