Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

Having recently returned from the Essence of South America trip, I am recommending guides. We flew to Santiago a few days early. Vivian Prouteau (www.abctour.org) ([email protected]) picked us up at the Santiago airport and drove us to Valparaiso where we stayed at the Zero Hotel, a lovely boutique hotel with a great location and view of the Pacific. It is in a good location with lots of restaurants within easy walking distance.
Vivian is very familiar with the area and gave us a good introduction to Chile, Valparaiso, and Santiago. He is reliable and reasonable and picked us up at the Zero to take us back to Santiago where we spent a day and a half on our own before the Tauck tour began. He also offers guided tours of Valparaiso, Vina del Mar and Santiago, but was booked during our stay.
We toured Valparaiso and Vina del Mar with Cristian Blanco Cangas, who gave us a wonderful tour of the area. Contact info for Cristian: [email protected] Website: www.rutavalparaiso.cl.

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