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La Microof 350 pesos . There's not really a guide with all the routes and their destination so the best way to find the one you need is to ask around.
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Viña del Mar  is in Central Chile and is a beach resort town close to Santiago de Chile. It's the most important beach in country. It plays host to a famous music festival every year in mid-February.
Beyond frequent coach bus service between Santiago and Viña. Numerous operators, abundant seating, about a 90 minute ride for approx 3000 pesos one way. The buses depart from Santiago at Pajaritos Station (Line 1 of Metro Station) or Universidad de Santiago Station, is recommendable to do it from Pajarito Station if you want to avoid the stop over from Universidad de Santiago and the ride within the City. The 2 main lines that travel to Viña del Mar are Turbus and Pullman Bus. The bus will drop you at Viña del Mar Station, which is 3 blocks east of DownTown. Taxis are available at this point, but if you want to save some money, walk east to Plaza de Viña, and ask for transportation to your destination.
Merval has frequent service to/from Valparaiso and from/to other destinations in the country side of Viña del Mar such as: Quilpue, Villa Alemana and Limache. Is not recommendable to take a train between Viña and Valparaiso since the many other options to travel from/to. For using Metro/Train Services you have to purchased a Metro/Train Card, available at the Kiosk in the Stations. Once you get the card you have to slide it when you get in and when you get out to station (destination), there is not flat rate, each route has a different price. In Vina del Mar you will find 5 Stations. From Valparaiso to the Country Side are: Recreo (main residential area), Ecuador (Southern DownTown), DOWNTOWN close to Quinta Vergara, Hospital Station and El Salto (Industrial area)
Small cars that run routes throughout the city charge around 500 pesos (arround 1 US Dollar) for a ride. They are quicker and more comfortable.
Colloquali called Micro or La Micro, it's one of the most popular public transportation method in the city. Buses vary their fare from 350 pesos to 450 pesos depending on the distance. Fares are published in the front window of the bus, and display Plan (Local) and Cerro fees. Plan is the way locals refer to the flat areas of the city. There's not really a guide with all the routes and their destination so the best way to find the one you need is to ask around. Try to carry around coin cash, as bus drivers are known for not giving change back, sometimes even of a big banknote.
A view of the beach at Viña del Mar.
- La Quinta Vergara - a beautiful garden with trees from China and Canada for example. In the same place the Festival de Viña takes places every year in the last week of February.
- Plaza del Reloj/Parque Reloj de Flores - near the beaches there is a clock where the numbers are made of flowers.
- Near the beaches the hotel Miramar is located and if you continue to walk you can see Castillo Wulf, an old castle built by German immigrants and for the locals the famously Paseo Arabe. But if you ask any of the locals why it's famous, surprisingly few can answer the question.
- Near the north end of the beach there is an open air museum of naval artillery. Avoid taking pictures without asking permission from staff.
- Museo Artequin en Viña del Mar, Alcalde Prieto Nieto 500, Parque Potrerillos, ☎ +56 32 297 3637, . A museum of reproductions of representative works from Western artists, which through an interactive educational methodology, aims to boost the interest in art and creativity in visitors.
- Fonck Museum. (Museo Fonck), 4 norte #784 (corner 1 oriente), ☎ 56 (32) 2686753, . 10:00 - 18:00. The Museum of Archaeology and History Francisco Fonck founded in 1937, it’s a varied and complete museum that’s shows objects of the native villages from Chile: Emphasizing his great cultures collection Such as Rapanui, atacameños, Diaguitas and Mapuches. In addition of a wide collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian jars. In the area of natural sciences there is a complete sample of arthropods and animals of different zones of the country. adults $ 2.000 CLP, Children $ 300 CLP. (-33.01981,-71.55009)
Spend time on the numerous beaches found along the coast. They are quite pretty but not very friendly for swimming.
- Enjoy del Mar, . is a resort located close to the city center. At Enjoy del Mar you can spend sometime in their casino, eat at one of their restaurants while enjoying a fantastic view of the South Pacific and you can also treat yourself to some spa treatments. There is also a night club on the resort which is open for everyone but they do charge a cover charge and you have to dress smart.
- The Festival de la Cancion, . is held on the third week of February and it has been held every year since 1960. Good international artists are invited and there is a great atmosphere during the shows. The festival is held on the grounds of La Quinta Vergara which can accommodate several thousand of visitors but be sure to get your ticket some time in advance as the festival is very popular. La Quinta Vergara is a couple of blocks away from the the city centre and any local will be able to help you with directions.
The local football team Everton de Viña play their home matches in Estadio Sausalito. The fans are really passionate about their team and less problems are reported from Evertons matches than from the bigger clubs of Colo-Colo and Universidad de Chile. A ticket can cost 3.500 pesos or more if bigger teams will play.
A very popular treat in Viña del Mar is the alfajor, a typical argentinean/uruguayan type of cookie that has also popularized in the village. They can be purchased in several small pastry shops around the downtown area. Usually, alfajores are filled with caramel, fruit, or other sweets and then covered in chocolate. They are a delight for the visitor. Boxes with large quantities make memorable souvenirs, if they make it home.
An excellent seafood restaurant, located in Camino Costero, is "La Gatita" ("The Kitten"). It specialises in such typical dishes as Machas a la parmesana y Reineta (Clams with fried Reineta - a local fish).
Good and cheap accommodation is available throughout the city in residenciales (the local B & B). Early reservations are highly recommended during the summer months when the city gets flooded with holiday makers from Argentina and Santiago.
- Posada Bellamare Renaca Inn, Bellavista 740 Renaca, . (-32.963532,-71.545434)
- Avoid walking in the parks alone when it's dark, use your common sense to avoid danger.
- Viña del Mar has a big problem with street dogs and many are born in the streets which means that they carry diseases. Avoid touching or giving them food. It can cause you more trouble.
- Stay alert, fraud is a most common criminal offense against the tourist. Avoid unofficial currency.
- If you get in trouble, ask for help to the police, called "Carabineros de Chile". They wear green uniforms and are very efficient and trustworthy. Don't even think to bribe them or you will go to jail. They are very proud of their creed, and bribing is a serious offense to them.
- There are some guards at the beaches but from March to November the beach season is officially over.
- Stay near the beach when swimming, most of the people who drown are those who can actually swim. Many of them go out too far and understimate the power of the waves in the area.
- Bathing during off-season from March to November is not forbidden, but you're doing it at your own risk. Authorities won't take responsibility if something happens to you or any related.
If you want to use a toilet there are some public ones on the streets and near the beaches but also in restaurants. They charge a fee but most of them are dirty. If you can, ask the staff in the casino if you can use the toilet. Being a foreign tourist will make it easier.