Beaches and Palaces

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I just spent 3 wonderful days in Viña. The weather was great (about 23 everyday!) with few clouds. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the town as it was a little more cosmopolitan than Concepción and with everyone enjoying the 3 day vacation it had a relaxed feel. My friend and I saw everything that the guide book said to see in 2 days, which left a day for just sitting on the beach. The big draw to Viña besides the beach is the history of the town. There are a lot of mansions/palaces that were built by foreign and domestic mine owners right after the 1906 earthquake. These homes have very distinct styles, but all copy European architecture. A few are museums and a few are public offices, but all were open to see. My biggest disappointment of the weekend came from the fact that we couldn't get into any churches to see the inside.

Viña was a very nice, relaxing trip. The town itself can be expensive or cheap depending on taste. There are tons of hostels and residenciales where you can stay cheaply. Near the beach all the food is very expensive, but if you go a bit inland you can find reasonable prices. Of course there are plenty of grocery stores for the chefs out there. If you're passing through Santiago I would recommend taking the 2 hours bus ride or so to Viña for a night to enjoy the ambience of the biggest resort town in Chile.
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Plaza Mexico
Plaza Mexico
the waterfront
the waterfront
a restaurants cool mural
a restaurant's cool mural
designer bread
designer bread
statue in the art museum in Quinta…
statue in the art museum in Quint…
Jardín Botánico
Jardín Botánico
Viñas boardwalk
Viña's boardwalk
Me and one of only a few Moais tha…
Me and one of only a few Moais th…
There was a flower show in the Pal…
There was a flower show in the Pa…
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