Article Updated April 2016
Santiago’s proximity to mountains, countryside, vineyards and beaches makes it a perfect place to set up your base. From the city, you can travel by car, bus, taxi or train to any number of day trips. If you need to get out of the city and take in some clean, fresh air… read on. We’ve collated our articles on day trips, so that you can peruse them at ease, so get planning!
Santiago has multiple skiing and snowboarding destinations on offer, most all able to be reached, enjoyed and returned from in just one day.
Travel by Metro to Viña Concha y Toro, one of the most popular wineries near the city. If you want to try something a little less well known, visit Viña Aquitania and Viña Cousiño Macul by Metro as well, or Viña Undurraga by bus, or by car. Or head to Casablanca for a variety of coastal wineries to choose from!
Drop into nearby Pomaire – it’s got loads to see all on its own, and is a good place to stop in before or after your winery visit. Massive empanadas, too!
The Pacific Coast
Valpo, Valpo! It’s actually Valparaíso, Chileans love to shorten everything, so they say Valpo! This little seaside city is always, always worth a visit. You can visit Valparaíso in a day, if that’s all you have, but be nice and give yourself several… The houses, the food, the colours, the views, the museums… stay, take a break. Viña del Mar is just up the road, it has a big beach, and good food as well.
If you’re completely in love with the sand and ocean, why not venture to other beachy locations? Visit Zapallar and Cachagua, both are able to be seen in one day, though you’ll not want to leave. If you have a day free you can drive the scenic coastal route to Concón and back!
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