cerros valparaisoEnjoy the sun and coastline, and indulge in some of Chile´s best food and wine on our beautiful Central Coast tour. Chile´s Central Coast is home to some of Chile´s best vineyards, most dynamic cities, fascinating architecture and magnificent coastlines. The first stop in the tour is Casablanca Valley. Situated 12 miles east of the Pacific Ocean, this valley has ideal soil and weather conditions to produce intensely fruity reds and whites to satisfy your palate. Afterwards, you will visit the UNESCOWorld Heritage site of Valparaiso. Oozing with art and life, Valparaiso is a vibrant patchwork of colorful houses built on hills overlooking the ocean. You can explore the city, meandering around the intricate streets and alleyways, using the city´s famous ascensores (elevators), and enjoying the panoramic views of the bay.
On the second day, our driver and guide will pick you up from where you are staying at Casa Higueras Boutique Hotel, a 1920´s mansion restored into a charming hotel, and take you to Viña del Mar. Viña is home to some of Chile´s best beaches, and the beautiful stretches of coastline and charming colonial houses is guaranteed to impress. Next, you will continue to drive around the coastline toCachagua Beach, where you will spend a leisurely afternoon enjoying your surroundings. After spending the night at Casa Zapallar Boutique Hotel, you will be driven back to Santiago, Chile´s lively metropolis, to enjoy the many cultural, gastronomic and handicraft traditions thatSantiago has to offer. The perfect end to a tour of Chile´s beautiful Central Coast.





Chile’s Beautiful Central Coast
Day 1– Full Day Casablanca Valley 

This full day tour starts from your hotel or international airport from Santiago.
You will travel west towards the coast to the valley of Casablanca, located between the coastal mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. Vineyards have grown here since 1875, but only since the 1980’s was the true potential of the Valley discovered; when it was determined that the soils and the conditions were in many ways similar to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California. This valley is located in a temperate climate zone with semiarid tendencies, characterized by alternating short, relatively rainy winters and long, continually dry summers. The valley is oriented in such a way that daily ocean breezes cool the grapes on the vine and result in intensely fruity wines. The tallness and massiveness of the coastal range create a unique topography that causes striking daily and seasonal air current changes in the valley thus generating a very special micro climate. Additionally, very favorable sunlight conditions influence the grape ripening process, creating unique conditions that provide its wines with special features.
After approximate an hour drive from Santiago, you will arrive to Kingston Vineyards.
Kingston vineyards, first planted in 1998, occupy 200 acres on a northern facing hillside within the greater Kingston Family estate. Situated at the southwestern end of Casablanca, our marginal site is a significant 10°F cooler than Casablanca winery Veramonte further east. The well-drained, low fertility soil is primarily red clay loam with decomposed granite. Several of the most promising selections of Pinot Noir and Syrah are planted in the upper reaches of the vineyard on their own roots. Kingston applied the best Californian knowledge to every aspect of vineyard design, and their practices are modeled on the best New World vineyards. Kingston farm at very low yields, typically 2 to 3 tons per acre, a must to ripen the crop. Like the great vineyards of Europe, they are well into cold nights and short days by the time and grapes are ready to harvest, but the payoff is in the intensity and vibrancy of the fruit. Last year, Kingston Vineyards picked the last lot of Syrah in May (the equivalent of November in California or France).
Then, we will drive for approximately half an hour west, towards the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful city of Valparaiso, declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

You will start off at “Errazuriz” street where examples of early 20th century British influenced architecture can be seen. Admire the “21 de Mayo” view point with its excellent vistas of the colorful hillside houses, the port and across the whole bay. Then you will take the “Artilleria” elevator (funicular) and descend to take a trolley that will lead you towards “Cerro Concepción”.
Here you will enjoy lunch at Turri Restaurant, which is one of the best restaurants from Valparaiso.
After lunch, you will walk through the intricate streets and alleyways to arrive at the “Los Perales” elevator that will lead you towards the “Sotomayor” square, where you will find a monument dedicated to a few Chilean heroes.
Later, head to one of the hills where you will visit the “La Sebastiana” museum ( close on Mondays), one of the former homes of the Nobel Prize winning poet, Pablo Neruda, apart from it’s interesting architecture reflecting the concept of the city, the place houses many of the poet´s collections. (TIME PERMITTING)
Overnight at Casa Higueras Boutique Hotel.
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Day 2– Zapallar 
This morning at a pre arranged time, a Pionero guide and driver will pick you up at Casa Higueras Hotel and visit, Viña del Mar.
This city, also known as ‘the Garden City’, was founded on December 29th, 1874, by the engineer Jose Francisco Vergara Echevers, and has grown into Chile’s most luxurious beach resort town, attracting visitors from all over the world.
While Vina’s celebrity has brought it any number of sleek, modern buildings and hotels , the character of the town is set by its many charming colonial houses.
Viña is also famous for the Musical Festival of Vina del Mar, which is held every year in the third week of February and lasts for five days. It is very popular amongst nationals and effectively marks the end of the summer season.
After this visit, you will head north-west to the coast and the beach of Zapallar, on route 5 north.
After a 1.5 hour drive, we will arrive at at Cachagua beach from where you will start a 45 minutes’ walk down a beach front pathway, looking onto an island which houses a penguin colony.
This little resort town is the choice of Chile’s aristocracy, and for good reason. Nestled between the surrounding hills and the vast ocean, composed of mansions of stunning architectural beauty, this place has similarities to Santa Barbara in California and Positano in Italy.
You will arrive at “Chiringuito” restaurant where you will enjoy a pisco sour and lunch by the Pacific Ocean.
After our amazing lunch, we will check in at Casa Zapallar Boutique Hotel.
Rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the surroundings
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Day 3– Zapallar – SCL 
After breakfast, drive approx. 2.5 hours to Santiago. Upon arrival, your first visit will be to the handicraft village of Los Dominicos. Here you will find an impressive variety of handicrafts including works by various indigenous groups from across the country. The beautiful Colonial-style architecture of the center and its picturesque Andean backdrop make this visit one of a kind. You will also have an opportunity to watch the craftsmen as they work with pottery, copper, stone, wood, wool and glass products.
Later you will enjoy a delicious lunch at a selected restaurant from Santiago ( Lunch not included). Later, drive towards Santiago´s Central Market, a colorful conglomeration of fish and seafood, fruits, vegetables, and flowers housed in an exquisite 19th century wrought-iron building.
Continue down to the principal avenues of the Civic Center and the seat of government, the neoclassical La Moneda Palace, built during the 18th century. Then visit the Plaza de Armas, Santiago’s main square, a picturesque square surrounded by the 18th century Catedral Metropolitana, the National Historical Museum, and the Central Post Office. Leaving downtown, you will head towards the Parque Forestal, leading to the Fine Arts Museum and Bellavista, the bohemian artsy center of Santiago.
After this visit, we will drive towards Santiago´s International airport for your connecting flight.
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End of Our Services
Includes:
Bilingual guide plus driver, all program transfers in spacious fully equipped private Van, all meals as indicated (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner, beverages, beer and wine. Entrance fees for: vineyards, wine tasting events.
Not Included in tour package: Flights, lodging and transfers prior to or after program. Personal items such as: telephone, laundry, room service, alcoholic beverages not mentioned as included, gratuities, and airfare. Sauna & SPA services are not included in some hotel rates.

NOTE: Pionero Travel reserves the right to vary or cancel tours to museums, vineyards, or any visit due to operational conditions that do not allow the visit to be possible. These deviations to the planned itinerary are possible, although every effort will be made to keep them as they are presented, but if not, they will be substituted for others of same category or better. In the case of special requests, for example, room locations and bed preferences at hotels, or modifications of tours and visits during your stay with us… cannot be guaranteed by Pionero Travel. While we will attempt to accommodate such special requests, we cannot be held responsible if such special requests cannot be fulfilled.
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