What you need to know about Viña del Mar

Viña del Mar is a coastal resort city northwest of Santiago, Chile. It’s known for its gardens, beaches and high-rise buildings. Quinta Vergara Park is home to the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater, the early-20th-century Vergara Palace and the Artequin Museum, which displays copies of major artworks. The Museum of Archaeology and History Francisco Fonck features stone moai sculptures from Easter Island and shrunken heads.

Population:287,522 (2015)
Area: 121.6 km2 (47.0 sq mi)


The national currency in Chile is the peso. Chilean coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500 pesos. Chilean bills are in denominations of 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, and 20,000 pesos.


Viña del Mar, along with the rest of the coastal municipalities of Greater Valparaíso, is part of the tourist area of the country, which has resulted in large dividends paid by this industry each year to the community. Viña del Mar has a wide range of hotels and embellished in order to improve its tourist appeal.

An important place is the Casino de Viña del Mar, which opened in 1930 and for years one of the few casinos in Chile. Today also owns the Hotel del Mar at the mercy of an expansion that, as an uncommon thing in the Chilean architecture, classic profile remained unaltered Casino. However, with the entry into force of the new Act Casinos, which resulted in increased competition, viñamarino enclosure has suffered great economic losses, thus affecting the municipal coffers.

The industrial district of Viña del Mar is called El Salto. It is located in the place where the Estero Marga Marga Delta begins to appear. They give access to the metro and the South Trunk Highway.

Viña del Mar has the largest number of businesses in the city of Valparaíso, which, along with other areas of Santiago, is becoming a favorite for the business to make their investment locations. Forbes also considered one of the most exclusive resorts in Latin America, the level of Punta del Este in Uruguay, Pucón in southern Chile and Mar del Platain Argentina.

Currently performed one of the most important events in Hispanic America haute couture, together with those of Buenos Aires, Santiago, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro.



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The route used to get from Santiago to Vina del Mar is the Route CH-68 or Pacific Highway, which connects the capital to the city of Valparaiso.

The main routes connecting the city with other municipalities of Gran Valparaíso are:

  • Avenida España, which connects Valparaíso with Viña.
  • The Troncal and Troncal Norte Roads, link Viña with Quilpué and Villa Alemana.
  • The Borgoño and Edmundo Eluchans avenues linking Reñaca Viña and Concon with the commune.
  • The Way International and Southern Trunk Highway, allowing quick connection to and from the towns of the interior.

The busiest avenues of Viña del Mar, and virtually the entire Gran Valparaíso, are the main arteries in the community plan and the Población Vergara: Avenida San Martín, Avenida Libertad Quillota street, Viana-Alvares Avenue, Avenida 1 Norte, Avenida Benidorm (former Av. 15 Norte), Avenida Agua Santa, Avenida La Marina, Avenida Borgoño and Av. Jorge Montt (Las Salinas Rect). This because they absorb all the traffic of workers and students moving from other municipalities to their work and study sites located in the plan from Valparaiso.


Viña del Mar has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate with coastal influence of the Humboldt Current. As in any mediterranean climate, the city experiences a dry, warm summer but temperatures rarely exceed 30 °C (86 °F) due to the influence of the maritime current offshore. Summer nights are cool with temperatures around 16 °C (61 °F). Winters are damp, and cool with daily high temperatures ranging from 13 to 17 °C (55 to 63 °F) and from 5 to 9 °C (41 to 48 °F) at night, rarely falling below freezing. Spring and autumn can vary from mild to cool. The rain falls mainly in autumn and winter, with July being the rainiest (107 mm). The average annual rainfall totals 480 mm.