By Linda Carter
The perfect getaway, it is close enough to port to require only a short taxi ride, but a world away in experience. Only 74 miles from the Santiago airport, your shuttle from the airport passes acres of vineyards frame by mountain ranges in the background. If you plan a private tour you could even tour some local wineries.
When you arrive you find a modern city, but along the waterfront a promenade and a cadre of buildings that would seem more at home in Europe, than South America.
In the afternoon residents siesta, but when night falls, families stroll the promenades and visit the local cafes and restaurants until late. Spend you days exploring the historic buildings or just strolling on the beach. At night, stroll the promenade with them, or just sit and people watch,
With only five miles separating Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, there is no better place to begin your cruise vacation.