San Antonio (Santiago), Chile
Easy San Antonio & Villages by the Sea
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Approximately 4 Hours
San Antonio lies immediately north of the mouth of the Maipo River, draped over hills and dunes. Its Mediterranean climate makes the valleys in the hinterland a marvelous place for wine growing.
This outing consists of an easy panoramic drive, with some stops, to showcase the development of some small villages around the central coast, close to San Antonio. Heading north from the port, you will visit some popular summer resorts whose proximity to the capital have made for recent growth.
Your first stop is at El Totoral -- a country town surrounded by exuberant native vegetation. This green village has a National Monument colonial-style church dating from 1815. It contains an image of the Virgin of Mercy donated by Casimiro Marcó del Pont -- the last Spanish Governor of Chile. At the local handicraft market, enjoy some free time for shopping among products made by local artisans.
Visit the popular summer resort of Algarrobo, where Chilean Presidents Eduardo Frei Montalva, Jorge Alessandri, and Salvador Allende all spent their vacations. Take photos from the lookout on the seaside, offering a lovely view of Algarrobo Bay.
The small resort of El Quisco boasts one of the most beautiful beaches along the central coast. In the '70s, it was home to nautical activities, including a famous motorboat race and a water-skiing competition organized by the El Quisco Yacht Club. Visit this club and relax over a light refreshment.
Take photos of the beautiful beach and bay before returning to San Antonio.