Viña del Mar, Chile
. It is a real tourist boom: since January 1st, nearly 70,000 people passed the border crossings between Argentina and Chile. Most travelers are Argentines heading to the beaches
of the Valparaiso Region in Chile. The main destinations are the cities of Viña del Mar
and Concon which have a large number of the best beaches in Chile and are among the top tourist destinations in South America.
In the first half of January, the number of Argentine visitors has been almost 40% higher compared to the number of tourists arriving in Chile from that country in the same period of the summer of 2011 when some 50,000 travelers crossed the mountains to enjoy the Chilean ocean beaches. Among the main reasons for this real "invasion" is the distance between the cities next to the eastern foothills of the Andes, Mendoza, San Juan and San Rafael, and the Atlantic coast of Argentina (about 1200 kilometers). While “Bonaerenses” (people from Buenos Aires) often vacation in the neighboring city of Mar del Plata, Argentina, and Punta del Este, Uruguay, the residents of the Argentine provinces adjacent to the Andes prefer Chilean cities such as Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, distant just about 240 km from Mendoza.
Among the main attractions of the coast of the Valparaíso Region is the Coastal Route between Viña del Mar and Concon. Although narrow, twisted, and generally difficult to travel during the summer months, the 10-kilometer road between Viña del Mar and Concon has the highest concentration of some of the best beaches along the Chilean coast.
There are several fishing coves, beautiful dunes and rockeries and a large variety of seabirds. The area also has an excellent tourist infrastructure including several resorts affiliated to international hotel chains, a casino, exciting nightlife, and a host of restaurants specializing in seafood.
Digital Journal recently toured the Coastal Route between Viña del Mar and Concon. The beauty of the winding road by the sea, the well-appointed beach resorts and the freshness of the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Humboldt Current, explain the long caravans of vehicles crossing the Andes
and the growing fascination and determination of the Argentine visitors to reach the beaches and stay in Viña del Mar an average of 12.6 days. The local businesses are delighted.