Just an hour and a half northwest of Santiago, neighboring Viña del Mar and Valparaíso are like two sides of a coin.
Viña, the 'Garden City,' is one of Chile's premier beach resorts, with excellent hotel and shopping. Valparaíso, immortalized in the words of Pablo Neruda, is one of South America's most charismatic and historic ports, with its charming ascensores (funicular railways) and colorful hillside constructions.