Adelante Abroad in Chile
Our Programs operate in Viña del Mar, Spanish for “vineyard by the sea”, which is simplified to Viña by Chileans. Just an hour and a half west of Chile’s capital city, Santiago, and sister-city to hilly, colorful and bohemian Valpariaso, we love Viña!! A turreted granite castle called Castillo Wulff and a huge floral clock greet visitors who arrive by boat. Plus it’s easy to get to so many places from here, and we recommend you do: the ski resort Portillo, old hippie beach town Horcon, and Casablanca Valley wineries are all a car ride away, none more than a couple of hours. Don’t forget Patagonia, another drive but this one a bit more off the grid. (Easter Island is unforgettable and once in a lifetime, but it’s pricey to get there)
Closer to “home” is Qiunta Vergara, a large public park on the top of a hill overlooking Viña, serves as kind of cultural center of its own – think Song Festivals, Summer Concert series, international Arts Fairs. And La Serena, a quiet coastal town, near a number of observatories offering stargazing in the Atacama desert. Lastly, the beach, we can’t forget the beaches! Long and winding and populated by a wide, paved Boardwalk / path that stretches for miles. Joggers, moms walking strollers, random stray dogs, public exercise areas, and more, make this a go-to part of town even in winter. You have the ocean in front of you and incredible mountains right behind you.