05.07.2018 – Wine tour and beach trip with your rental car: Casablanca, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar
Start your individual Car Rental Trip early in the morning in Santiago de Chile in direction to the Casablanca Valley. Take the Route 68 and after about 1 hours drive, you will reach this famous valley, located in central Chile, where you can enjoy nature, fine wines and good food, just 80 km from Santiago. The Casablanca Valley is known for its good climatic conditions for viticulture and excellent soils, which are particularly suitable for the cultivation of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. With your own rental car, you have the flexibility to jump from one vineyard to the next and stop where you like best. Here you can taste several award winning wines, including visits to world famous wineries such as: Quintay, Indomita, Veramonte, Casas del Bosque or Viña Mar. Do not miss the Viña Emiliana, an organic winery, with beautiful gardens and native animals.
A grand finale could be a wine tasting at the Estancia el Cuadro, accompanied by exquisite home-made cheeses. After so much wine and food, it’s best to plan an overnight stay at the Boutique Hotel Casablanca Spa & Wine where you can park your rental car and enjoy the beauty of the Casablanca Valley and indulge in the hotel’s spa at this idyllic Spanish style hotel.
After a well-deserved break, drive your rental car on the Route 68 towards Valparaíso. Located on the Pacific Ocean, this picturesque harbor town enchants its visitors with colorful build houses spread all over the hills and a very special atmosphere from the previous century. In many corners of the city you can imagine the old glory and splendor of the city. Park your rental car in a safe place, as Valparaíso is best explored on foot. Be sure to visit the Plaza de la Victoria, the Plaza Sotomayor, the harbor and stroll along the emblematic hills of Alegre, Baron, Placeres, etc., which can be reached by various nostalgic cable cars from the last century (1883-1902).
A must is the Caleta Portales, where you can taste delicious dishes and visit the port’s most traditional bar, the Cinzano, with a history spanning more than 120 years. Another must is the Naval Museum on the Cerro Artillería de Valparaíso. By the way, due to its unique architecture and eventful history, Valpraíso has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Continue your rental car trip along the Chilean Pacific coast towards Vina del Mar. The city is also known as the garden city and its elegance is the perfect counterpart to the more chaotic city of Valparaíso. Popular sightseeing spots in Viña del Mar include the Flower Clock, the Game Casino, the famous Quinta Vergara and the miles and miles of beaches in Reñaca and Concón. Hotel accommodation is available in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar for all price levels.
Chile’s wine route in the Casablanca Valley as well as the cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar can be explored on a 3-5 day journey with a Chilean rental car. Get your personal quote for a rental car in Chile at Car Rental Chile, including our professional advice!