Two popular beach towns to which people from Santiago escape in the summer are Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. Less than two hours outside of the capital city and rather adorable, I can see why they would be popular spots for weekenders in the summer. I, however, visited Chile in the winter so there wasn’t a ton going on.
I still had an awesome time and tasted some delicious food though (shrimp and cheese empanadas – delicious). Check out the video below to see what the two cities look like in gloomy winter and try to imagine them with sunshine and summer crowds.