Relaxing beach getaway in Zapallar
Zapallar is a decidely untouristy beach town about two hours northwest of Santiago. Unlike the larger and more well known Vina del Mar and its suburbs, Zapallar has no major hotels, no high rises and no busy streets. Rather, Zapallar is the place where Chile's well-to-do come to get away from it all, and where a handful of tourists fill its one hotel and few bed and breakfasts year-round. One of the highlights of Zapallar is its ramblas, a two-mile stone walkway that follows the cliffs and hills surrounding Zapallar and along its quiet harbor and sandy beach. From the ramblas you have a spectacular view of the huge waves that come in from the sea, as well as the stately vacation homes of Chile's elite.