Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, Chile

Viña del Mar is a town near Valparaíso, in the region of Valparaiso in Chile. It is located 120 kilometers from Santiago by road 68. It’s a seaside town surrounded by the cities of Valparaiso, Quilpué and Concon,; also known by its International Song Festival that was born in 1962 and takes place in February each year. The most famous beach is Reñaca. The city has hotels for all budgets even as a Casino. To see: the Botanical Garden, the clock of flowers, the natural park Gomez Carreño, the Vergara dock (which is being repaired), the open-air museum, the Fonck Museum (with a genuine Moai brought from the Easter Island), the Presidential Palace, the Wulff Castle, among others.

Tips

Although Viña del Mar is a seaside city, it is worthwhile to visit at any time of the year because it is a very rich cultural city with many museums, theaters, shopping malls and other interesting places.
You can stay in the city or just arrive by subway, bus or rental car if your destination is Valparaiso. If instead you are staying in Vina del Mar, a trip to Valparaiso would worth it.

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Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mar del Plata is a city of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, located on the Atlantic coast, 404 km southeast of the city of Buenos Aires, the federal capital. The city is a major tourist center of the country; major resort and hosts during the summer between two and three million visitors, multiplying up to twice its resident population. The city has a highly developed tourist infrastructure. It is also known as the Pearl of the Atlantic and there is a great similarity with Biarritz (the French city). The preferred beaches by the tourists are located in the city center or in the south of the city. It is well known culturally, it has many theaters and cinemas that are full of all kinds of shows in the summer. It’s also visited throughout the year because it is a city that offers many opportunities for tourists there are many events that take place throughout the year and it is also a place for lovers-fishing. The climate of Mar del Plata is temperate oceanic, with abundant rainfall throughout the year and much cooler temperatures than in Buenos Aires. To see: Provincial Hotel and Central Casino (one of the largest casinos in the world, which also hosts a theater-auditorium); the Millennium Square with its dancing waters fountain (opposite the Casino); the monument to the sea lion (located on the Rambla), the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Cecilia (1905); the Monk Tour; the Fishermen Port; the Lighthouse Punta Mogotes, Camet Park, the Aquarium, among others.

Tips

There is a wide variety of restaurants in the city. A nice place to eat is the port where you will find delicious dishes with fresh fish of the day. You can also buy fresh fish every day.
The Atlantic coast has many beaches and cities each bonded to others, you can rent a car to know them, it is worth it because they are very different from each other.
At 20 km from the city we find the Mount and the Lagoon of Fathers, a popular site for tourism.
You will find many woolen and cotton thread clothing stores because there are several textile factories in the city and around; the same as factories of ‘alfajores’, a kind of stuffed biscuit with ‘dulce de leche’ product typically Argentinian.
If you like a night out, there are many bars, restaurants, discos, pubs, etc. The best known places are in the city center, on Avenue Constitución or at ‘Playa Grande’ on the Maritime Boulevard.

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Lanín National Park, Neuquén, Argentina

The Lanín National Park is a park located in the province of Neuquén in Argentina. It is very interesting because it has much wood or cold forests of the said type ‘Valdivian’ which are essentially large trees; groups of conifers and fagaceae. Many of them are present only in the region and nowhere else in Argentina and are several hundred years old. There are araucarias, lengas, coihues and cypresses of the Cordillera and others even as the Lanín volcano which gives an option of adventure tourism to the place. In its many lakes and abundant rivers, we can practice fishing for salmon and trout. The most visited lakes are the Lácar and the Huechulafquen. With national parks Nahuel Huapi, Lago Puelo and Los Alerces, Los Arrayanes, this park is part of the Andino Norpatagonica biosphere reserve. The nearest towns are San Martín de los Andes and Junín de los Andes.

Tips

The park has different areas with paths for walking, trekking even for riding on a horse or on a mountain bike. The paths are not very easy and it is necessary to have good sports shoes. You must walk carefully, you will find animals on your way also but they are not dangerous.
In the park there are no structures where tyou can stay but if you like the adventure, there are areas for free camping or organized one. There are also beautiful areas with beaches where you can spend the day, make the kayak or practise fishing.
For the more energetic, the ascent of the volcano is also possible.
You count with tourist centres in the nearby towns of Junín de los Andes and San Martín de los Andes, town where you will find ski slopes too.

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