My name is Sookhyun, but my closest friends call me Sooki. As you can see, my name isn’t common, and it’s because I was born in South Korea, and got to Santiago de Chile when I was five years old.
Well, right know I’m typing in this web site, because I want to share a little bit my experience when I with my friends decided to travel to the beach before 2018 ended and celebrate the new years eve together.
Probably you may know Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, two places that are pretty close from Santiago and you have two options to get there:.
1. By car, will depend from the place of your location but in general most of people take “Ruta 68”.
2. By public transportation, you can take subway, uber, taxi whether you feel more comfortable. Once you take one of the vehicles, you’ll get to the place that you have to take the bus, which is “Metro Universidad de Santiago”, therefore “Terminal Universidad de Santiago”.
Viña del Mar
1. By car, you have “Ruta 68” as the first option or also “Panamericana Norte/Ruta 5 y Ruta 60”. But I recommend Ruta 68 (faster one).
2. By public transportation is the same route to get to Valparaíso.
History of Valparaíso
Valparaíso is a port city on the coast of Chile. It is known for its elevated funiculars and colorful houses on cliffs. One of the places that is visited by tourists and you can’t miss it, it’s called La Sebastiana, which used to be the extravagant home of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, now functions as a museum and offers sweeping views of the Pacific.
If you want to know a little bit more about the history of this city: during the nineteenth century, lots of European immigrants left its mark on the architecture and cultural institutions of the city. Most of these buildings are in the vicinity of the Plaza Sotomayor, located in the center of the city.
History of Viña del Mar
Viña del Mar is a coastal tourist city located northwest of Santiago de Chile. It is known for its gardens, beaches and high-rise buildings. In the Quinta Vergara park is the amphitheater of the Quinta Vergara, the Vergara palace, of the early twentieth century, and the Artequin Museum, which exhibits copies of prestigious works of art. The Museum of Archeology and History Francisco Fonck exhibits moa sculptures of Easter Island and small heads.
I want to highlight the beaches and gardens: me and my friends visit garden called “Jardín Botánico”. At the beginning, when we just got there we didn’t know that we had to pay the entry and we immediately felt frustrated but once we enter the place, I felt in love with it! It’s literally a palace, a place far from the city, where you can enjoy yourself with nature, you can connect with yourself and it was a gift to get to know there. I went crazy taking pictures apart from that I love the pictures. So, if you are planning to go to Viña del Mar, please don’t miss it!
If you are thinking to travel, I recommend that place and if you want to spend your money in something that is worth it, definitely it’s in travel.