DAY 03 : Zapallar / Cachagua
/ La Canela / Santiago
Our full day excursion departs immediately after
breakfast from Hotel Manoir Atkinson as we head
North keeping along the coast. The coastal route
will allow us to discover a chain of beaches and
the beautiful seaside resorts of Maitencillo,
Cachagua and Zapallar.
Zapallar, our first stop, is an exclusive seaside
resort with a very private bay considered to be
one of the most beautiful of the central coast.
We will stop at the Zapallar viewpoint and walk
along its famous “Senderos de Piedra” or Stone Pathways. After this walk we have time
to enjoy a short coffee break by the bay. We then
head on to Cachagua, a small village
characterized by its houses hidden amongst the dense
vegetation. We will stop at the Cachagua viewpoint
from where several bird species can be observed, including Humboldt Penguins.
Our next stop is the small resort town of Maitencillo
which offers a very special feel as it combines beautiful nooks festooned with native garden plants together with
the marine landscape.
During the afternoon and to conclude our excursion,
we head up into the foothills of the coastal
range to discover the characteristic flora
and fauna of this currently endangered Mediterranean
bush ecosystem. On our way, we stop at
the old traditional village of La Canela,
where we will immerse ourselves in a very distinct
country atmosphere, farming traditions and beautiful
views of the Pacific Ocean from the hilltops. Late
afternoon, we return to Valparaíso, or Santiago.
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