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Suggestions for a driving route to Valparaiso for the day?

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Suggestions for a driving route to Valparaiso for the day?

Hi

We return to Santiago to fly home and rather than stay in the city again we thought we would stay at the Holiday Inn Santiago airport (as we arrive back late at night) and hire a car to visit Valparaiso and Vina del Mar for the day. For all you experts out there does this sound ok to do is the hotel easy to get to from the international terminal and will a hire car be easy enough to rent from that terminal?

My next question is could you suggest a route out of the airport to Valparaiso and some locations on route to view then perhaps somewhere enroute to eat (sit down cafe style is fine), will we fit in Vina del Mar and what to see, there also a route back to the airport to return our car?

I know this is rather detailed and many would think it best to take a tour but this is the end of our holiday and we will be sick of tours and we have always had the most laughs and fun just out driving by ourselves where you get the real feel of the people and places. We do not need to see everything but would like a nice scenic tour of part of the coast with a safe route out and back.

Thanks for any good suggestions. Sue

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1. Re: Suggestions for a driving route to Valparaiso for the day?

There is only one direct highway between Santiago and Valparaiso. If you want lunch then try the restaurant at the House of Morande winery. The trip only takes 90 minutes so you could eat either in Valparaiso or Viña where there are many good restuarants.

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2. Re: Suggestions for a driving route to Valparaiso for the day?

Thanks is the trip straight forward. I noticed on earlier posts that when leaving the airport by car take the first exit to the right after the toll at the Route 68 sign post. Then another post that corrected this route requiring the driver to only take a sign post labelled Vina/ Valparaiso Route 68, the route being only secondary the destination being the most important to look for. Are they the same?

As well advice is to leave the car in the Plaza Pratt car park at Valparaiso and walk around the city. Is the car park a safe place for both the car and ourselves? Is it safe to walk around the area as well to see the sights and is this a central location for the sights in Valparaiso?

Thanks for your advice, Sue

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