Top Reasons to Go to The Central Coast

Riding the ascensores: Valparaíso's steep hills are smoothed out a bit by its 19th-century ascensores, or funiculars, that shuttle locals between their jobs near the port and their homes in the hills.

Beautiful beaches: Thousands of Santiaguinos flock to the Central Coast's beaches every summer, where hundreds of seafood restaurants of all types and sizes serve the masses.

Superb shopping: The streets of Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción in Valparaíso are lined with shops selling everything from finely wrought jewelry to hand-tooled leather, while Viña has everything from large department stores and outlet malls to trendy shops and boutiques.

Seafood straight from the net: Almost every town on the Central Coast has its own wharf where fishermen land with the day's catch. Bustling with shoppers, the caleta offers an excellent biology lesson on the diversity of sea life in addition to, of course, many a gastronomic treat.

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