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Places to visit in San Antonio, Chile

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Places to visit in San Antonio, Chile

Can you please give us a few places you highly recommend we visit when staying in San Antonio, Chile?

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1. Re: Places to visit in San Antonio, Chile

Excuse me? Are you sure you want to visit San Antonio, Chile? There are many other coastal towns you can visit that are a lot nicer than San Antonio. Unless you work for the port, San Antonio is not considered a tourist destination.

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San Antonio is not a tourist destination, but there are lots of places to visit nearby, such as Isla Negra, site of one of Neruda's houses, Pomaire, a pottery village for over 1,000 years and resorts such as Santo Domingo and Algorobo.

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Taking into account this is a real working port city and not an area most foreign tourists visit,

Walk along Paseo Bellamar, check out the sea lions and pelicans around the fish market, check out the small pier there watching the activity of the artesanal fisherman and sport fisherman, check out the fresh off the boat produce at the fish market, have a seafood empanada or a meal at one of the restaurants near the fish market, take one of the two short boat excursions showing you around the most important port in western South America (they are in Spanish), check out the mall and casino. Go to the Christ statue on Cerro Cristo Rey overlooking the Rio Maipo estuary which gives you one of best scenic views of the central coast. And as stated previously, excursions to the old-rich beach community of Santo Domingo and the newer Las Brisas just south across the bridge, and north, Isla Negra and the house of Pablo Neruda and slightly further north, Algarrobo. Inland, there are a couple of San Antonio valley wineries and further east, Pomaire.

Edited: 23 April 2013, 15:25
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There are also nice secondary roads in from the coast. You could visit Lo Abarca with its murals and the Marin vineyard, have lunch at El Sauce.

losmurosnoshablan.cl/portal/index.php…

Or visit the little village of El Totoral, which you can get to using a secondary road between El Quisco and El Tabo. There is a lovely little church, a fascinating cemetery and a couple of places to have an empanada.

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Although San Antonio is maybe not what you would call a "tourist town" it is one of my favorite places to visit in Chile for all of the reasons listed here.

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That is very helpful information about the things to do. I would like to visit San Antonio when I'm in Santiago in August. Can you tell me more about the harbor excursions? That would be high on my list of things to do.

Thanks in advance.

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There are two companies, one operates from the main pier just off the fish market and the other is a little further south on Paseo Bellamar near where the historic crane is located. It is all in Spanish and takes you around the major points of this cargo port (most important port by dollar volume and soon to have a massive expansion). Can't remember the cost but it is not that much and must have been about 40 minutes or so. Remember, the aggressive person who wants to take your picture will be marketing fresh off the press calendars, buttons and posters to you when you return and walk off the boat so firmly say NO when the vendor insists on a photo.

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8. Re: Places to visit in San Antonio, Chile

You should also monitor this site:

http://www.accpf.cl

for the Tren del Recuerdo. If it just happens you are in town when it is scheduled, it is a historic round trip to San Antonio in restored train cars from Estación Central in Santiago.

There is also an occasional flight tour (maybe every quarter) from the aerodrome in Santo Domingo (just south of San Antonio) that when it runs, will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Edited: 17 November 2013, 17:33
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9. Re: Places to visit in San Antonio, Chile

San An tonio have a lot to offer the walk along the sea and be able to mingle with the fisherman great sea food the best prices and fresh, the hills were you can sea far and away of the coast line, a grat casino with hotel and restaurants rooms are with a view of the ocean, also the restaurants are unique, as well as the dancing pubs, people are very friendly , there is a train that take you in an historic trip transportation is good in less than 10 min you can have a tour on plane of the area it is amazing,

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10. Re: Places to visit in San Antonio, Chile

For expert help in English, and a great B&B near San Antonio (in Santo Domingo), check out B&B Casa Redonda, Maestranza 25, Huertos de Chile, Rocas de Santo Domingo, San Antonio. Give Loreto a call (35)2441283 for more info, see reviews here in tripadvisor.

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