Best of the Coast: Valparaíso & Casablanca Valley
Take Route 68 northwest from Santiago through the Coastal Mountain Range and visit the Casablanca Valley, renowned for its sauvignon blanc, pinot, and syrah. On the Pacific coast, Valparaíso is a picturesque port and UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Relaxing Beach Getaway in Zapallar

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Zapallar is a decidedly untouristy beach town about two hours northwest of Santiago. Unlike the larger and more well-known Viña 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.

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by Erin Nave
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