VIÑA DEL MAR, CHILE - LIMA, PERU April 21 – 30 , 2015
PROGRAM VISIT TO SANTIAGO, CHILE – VIÑA DEL MAR,
CHILE - LIMA, PERU
April 21st – 30th, 2015
¡Bienvenidos a Chile & Peru!
This information packet has been designed to answer basic questions about your trip, your Chile,
and Peru itinerary, and contact information for any questions or personal requests that you might
Information Packet Contents
In this document, you will find the following information:
1. Hotel Information………………………………………………………..
2. About Chile……..………………………………………………………….
3. About Peru………………………………………………………………….
4. Trip Preparation………………………………………………………….
5. Useful Information………………………………………………………
6. Exploring Santiago…….…………………………………….…………..
7. Exploring Valparaíso & Viña del Mar……………..…………..
8. Exploring Lima………………………………….…………………………
9. Emergency Contact Info in Chile and Peru…………..……..
Atton El Bosque
Roger de Flor 2770, Las Condes. Santiago, Chile
Tel. (56-2) 2947-3600
The Atton El Bosque is a new 18 floor building located in the most
exclusive neighborhood in Santiago with 240 large rooms with modern
decor and king or queen sized beds. The hotel offers all the amenities
that you expect from a superior 4 star hotel, including a gym and
swimming pool with panoramic city views, 8 conference rooms, and the
acclaimed Mediterráneo Restaurant and Bar. Hotel Services provided
include breakfast daily. The Hotel Atton El Bosque also offers the
Free underground parking.
Central heating and air conditioning.
In-room safe, minibar and Cable TV.
Restaurant, bar & coffee lounge.
Internet Business Center.
Gym and swimming pool.
Viña Del Mar, Chile
Hotel San Martin del Viña del Mar
San Martín 667, Viña del Mar
Tel. (56-32) 268 9191
Featuring a beachfront location, a gym and sauna facilities, the
San Martin provides elegant rooms and top of the line facilities.
Massage sessions are available, and the Quinta Vergara gardens
are only 12 blocks away. Guests are also just 9 blocks from Wulff
Castle and a 10-minute drive from Marina Arauco Mall. The tour
desk is ready to offer tips, and there are plenty of entertainment
venues, shops and restaurants nearby.
The air-conditioned rooms are decorated with elegant
upholstered chairs, wood furnishings and cream-colored or pale
green lamp shades. Some rooms offer city or sea views. There
are minibars, cable TVs and work desks.
Hotel Atton San Isidro
Av. Jorge Basadre 595, San Isidro, Lima
Tel. (51-1) 208 1200
This hotel is located in the capital's financial center, 2 blocks
away from the Centro Empresarial de San Isidro, 30 minutes
from the airport, and just 20 minutes away from Lima´s
This 9-story building features 252 guestrooms with great views
of Lima, a 40'' LCD TV with cable, an executive desk, assorted
minibar, and an in-room safe. Other hotel amenities include, a
swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, and a restaurant offering
national and international cuisine. *Includes breakfast daily
and WiFi access in rooms.
Located on the southwest tip of South America, Chile
encompasses 302,778 square miles and is populated by 17.5
million inhabitants (2013 est.), over 6 million of which claim home
to the capital city of Santiago. About twice the size of California,
Chile has vast and unique terrain features of desert in the north, a
fertile central valley, volcanoes and lakes toward the south, and
bordered by complex coastline to the west and the rugged Andes
Mountains to the east. The southern tip of Chile is the Patagonia
Chile’s GDP is US$268.3 billion (official exchange rate, 2013 est.)
with a per capita GDP of US$15,363 (2013 est.). It is an exportbased economy with primary exports being copper, fish, wine,
wood and paper, and fruit to the EU, China, the U.S. and Japan
among other important markets. Chile’s economy has been
growing at a healthy and consistent clip during the past several
years. Chile’s unemployment rate is 6.1% (2014 est.), with around
15.1% of the population below the poverty line.
Chile has a presidential government, similar to the United States,
with a bicameral legislature consisting of a Senate and the
Chamber of Deputies. Sebastian Piñera of the center-right
Renovación Nacional (“National Renewal”) party was inaugurated
to office on March 11, 2010. The billionaire Piñera is Chile’s first democratically elected right-wing
President in over 52 years. On December 15th, 2013, Michelle Bachelet was elected, regaining the
presidency (she has held office just before Piñera). She is the first person to be elected to a second
term as President since Arturo Alessandri’s third term ended in 1938.
Chile declared independence from the Spanish on September 18, 1810 and from victor in the War of
the Pacific (1879-1884) won its northern territory from Peru and Bolivia, which to this day is hotly
discussed in the political arena. Salvador Allende’s elected Marxist government was overthrown in a
1973 US-backed military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. Pinochet subsequently ruled Chile
as a dictatorial military regime until the democratic political election system was restored in 1990.
Independent since 1821, Peru is among the oldest nations in the
Americas, occupying a continental surface area of 1,279,996 km²
(1,078,000 sq mi) between the Pacific Ocean to the west,
Ecuador and Colombia to the North, Brazil and Bolivia to the
East, and Chile to the South.
Peru has over 29 million inhabitants, with almost 9 million living
in the capital city of Lima (2013 est). About the size of Alaska,
Peru boasts a high and rugged portion of the Andes mountains,
an Amazon jungle basin, and pacific coastlines. Peru’s climate
varies from tropical in the east to dry desert in the west, and
temperate to frigid in the Andes. World-renowned gastronomy,
architecture, and culture also make Peru one of the hottest
tourist destinations in Latin America.
Peru's economy reflects its varied geography with important mineral resources found in the
mountainous and coastal areas, and Peru’s waters providing excellent fishing grounds. Peru’s
economy has been growing by and average of 6.4% per year since 2002 with a stable and
appreciating exchange rate and low inflation. Growth in 2010 was close to 9% and in 2011 almost
7%, due partly to a leap in private investment, especially in the extractive sector, which accounts for
more than 60% of Peru's total exports. Despite Peru's strong macroeconomic performance,
dependence on minerals and metals exports and imported food products subjects the economy to
fluctuations in world prices. Poor infrastructure hinders the spread of growth to Peru's non-coastal
areas. GDP is US $197.1 billion (2012) with a per capita GDP of $6,573 (2012). Tourism, which is the
third largest industry in Peru, has become a catalyst for investment, infrastructure projects, and
local economic development. Peru's rapid expansion coupled with cash transfers and other
programs have helped to reduce the national poverty rate by 23 percentage points since 2002.
Peru is a presidential representative democratic republic with a multi-party system. Under the
current constitution, the President is the head of state and government; he or she is elected for five
years and cannot seek immediate re-election, he or she must stand down for at least one full
constitutional term before reelection. In 2011, Ollanta Humala was sworn in as President.
Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas
whose empire was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was
declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces were defeated in 1824. After a dozen years of
military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems
and the growth of a violent insurgency. President Alberto Fujimori's election in 1990 ushered in a
decade that saw a dramatic turnaround in the economy and significant progress in curtailing
guerrilla activity. Nevertheless, the president's increasing reliance on authoritarian measures and an
economic slump in the late 1990s generated mounting dissatisfaction with his regime, which led to
his ouster in 2000. A caretaker government oversaw new elections in the spring of 2001, which
ushered in Alejandro Toledo Manrique as the new head of government - Peru's first democratically
elected president of Native American ethnicity. The presidential election of 2006 saw the return of
Alan Garcia Perez who oversaw a robust macroeconomic performance. In June 2011, former army
officer Ollanta Humala Tasso was elected president, defeating Keiko Fujimori Higuchi, the daughter
of Alberto Fujimori. Since his election, Humala has carried on the sound, market-oriented economic
policies of the three preceding administrations.
*Source: CIA – The World Factbook
Arrival and Entry Formalities:
All travelers are required to have in their possession a valid passport for entrance into Chile and
Peru. Travelers holding a United States passport do not require a special entry visa to enter Chile
*Chile has a very strict policy regarding bringing fruits, vegetables, and other food products into
the country. To be safe, we recommend not bringing any food products at all into the country. Make
sure to read your customs card carefully before signing if you insist on bringing food into the
*Make sure to keep all documents received during the arrival and entry processes. In Chile, the slip
of paper that you receive will be needed in order to exit the country.
The daily dress code is listed on the itinerary for each day. The dress code will depend on the daily
activity. In general, visits to companies will require business casual dress. Follow these general
Ties, jackets and slacks for men, pants/business suit or other formal
business attire for women
Khakis and button down shirts for men, slacks or skirt and blouse for
Jeans and athletic shoes may be worn
Santiago has a pleasant temperate climate. The summer months of December-March are warm and
dry. Fall months of March-June are warm/hot and progressively cool down towards April. In March
the weather is warm/hot during the days and pleasantly cool at night. Daily temperatures in April
range from an average low of 44.4º (F) rising to an average of 73.0º (F) in the afternoon.
Average °C (F)
Lima's climate is mild, despite being located in the tropics and in a desert. Although classified as
subtropical, Lima's proximity to the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean leads to temperatures much
cooler than those expected for a subtropical desert, and can be classified as a cool desert climate. It
is neither cold nor very hot.
Average °C (F)
Cusco has a subtropical highland climate. Its climate is generally dry and temperate, with two
defined seasons. The dry season lasts from April to October, with abundant sunshine, and occasional
nighttime freezes. The wet season lasts from November to March.
Average °C (F)
Spanish is the official language of Chile and Peru; however, English will be used during all tours and
meetings. English is not commonly spoken on the street, although some Peruvians and Chileans
enjoy the opportunity to speak English when approached by non-Spanish speaking visitors.
You will be provided with bus transportation to all scheduled meetings and venues. For
transportation not included in the schedule, we suggest asking the hotel concierge to arrange for a
The Santiago subway (called “Metro”) is a safe, inexpensive and fast transportation method. The
nearest line to the Atton el Bosque Hotel is the Red Line, which traverses Santiago west to east,
crossing though downtown. The nearest station to the Atton el Bosque Hotel is the Tobalaba station,
located 4 blocks to the southwest.
The Lima subway (called “Metro”) is currently undergoing construction, eliminating the use of the
closest metro stops to the hotel. The green line or “linea 1” is still functional and an efficient
method of transportation if you are traveling north or south. However, the easiest and safest way to
move around is by taxi.
Public Taxis are a safe and fast mode of travel, available at any time, and are distinguished as black
sedans with yellow tops in both Lima and Santiago, also in Lima you will find a few taxis with
different colors. In Santiago all of them have their registration number visible and a taximeter. In
the case of Peru, it is necessary to negotiate the price with the cab driver before getting on, if you
are in a shop or restaurant, the staff may be able to help you by telling you what is fair to pay or not.
Currency and Banking:
Chile’s official currency is the Peso ($ or CLP). As of March 2015, the exchange rate is approximately
638 Chilean pesos per U.S. Dollar. The Chilean peso exists in bank notes of $1000, $2000, $5,000,
$10,000, $20,000 and coins of $1, $5, $10, $50, $100 and $500. Foreign cash is generally not
Peru does not have a fixed exchange rate. Peru´s official currency is the Nuevo Sol (or S/), and exists
in bank notes of S/.10, S/.20, S/. 50, S/.100, S/.200, S/.100 and coins of 10, 20, 50 céntimos, and 1,2,
and 5 Nuevos Soles. The exchange rate for Peruvian Currency is approximately 3.10 Nuevos Soles ($
or S/) for 1 US$ (March 2015). In Peru, US Dollars (bills only) are usually accepted in most places
such as restaurants, shops, and hotels. However, just be aware that the bills have to be in good
condition, otherwise they will not be accepted, not even for changing them into local currency.
Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and major shops in Peru and Chile. The most
commonly accepted cards are Visa, Master Card, Diners Club and American Express. Exchange rates
for credit cards are fair; however, foreign transaction fees typically apply (usually between 1-3%). It
is highly recommended that you alert your credit card company that you will be traveling;
otherwise your transactions may be blocked when you attempt to use your card in Peru and/or
Automatic Teller Machines:
Southbridge Access recommends using ATMs to withdraw local currency from your bank. ATM’s in
Peru and Chile are common, and most honor networks such as Cirrus, Visa, PLUS, and Maestro.
Money may be exchanged at the airport or at any established "Casa de Cambio" (Money Exchange)
at market driven exchange rates. Centers for money exchange are common in the downtown areas
of Santiago, Lima and Cusco, hotels, and shopping centers. Please note that airport rates are
generally more expensive than other locations.
Southbridge Access does not recommend the use of traveler’s checks. Traveler’s checks are
becoming increasingly more difficult to use, and are no longer a necessary precaution thanks to the
increased access to ATMs and money exchange services.
Compatible SIM cards can be purchased upon arrival. We recommend checking with your local
service provider regarding the use of your mobile phone in Chile and Peru if you plan to use your
phone during your visit.
Please use the link provided to access the local time in Chile and Peru.
The power supply in Chile is 220 Volts @ 50Hz and in Peru is 220 Volts @ 60 Hz. The use of
appliances or electric devices designed for 110V need a transformer in Peru and Chile. Most travel
appliances like laptop computers and mobile phones have an auto volt (110V-240V) transformer
that will adapt to Peruvian and Chilean electricity. Please note that any adaptors are good for
electronics with built in transformers (laptop computers, mobile phones, etc) they do not act as a
converter for hair dryers, hair straighteners, or electric razors.
The water supply Chile and Peru is potable and relatively safe to drink. However, to avoid any
complications, Southbridge Access recommends bottled water, which can be purchased from the
hotels, supermarkets, or sidewalk kiosks.
Goods and Services Tax:
Goods and services in Chile are subject to a 19% value added tax. This is generally included in the
purchase price. This tax cannot be recuperated upon leaving the country.
In Peru, goods and services are subject to an 18% value added tax, which is also generally included in
the advertised purchase price.
It is customary to tip at restaurants and bars in Chile and Peru. The standard rate is 10% and is
generally not included in the bill unless otherwise stated. Therefore, when paying with credit card,
the waiter will often ask if you would like to include tip before swiping your card. It is not necessary
to tip taxi drivers.
Bargaining for goods and services:
Unlike many Latin American countries, bargaining is not common practice in Chile or Peru. However,
it is sometimes possible to bargain in the local artisan markets for small discounts
Valuables, including passports, should be deposited in the safe in your hotel room. We suggest you
bring a photocopy of the photo page of your passport to carry with you at all times. In the event of
theft you should immediately contact Southbridge Access or the hotel.
Santiago, Lima and Cusco are fairly safe. As in any city however, caution is always recommended,
especially at night. It is not advisable to let strangers approach you, or wear expensive jewelry. Keep
valuables out of sight. Be particularly alert to pickpockets on the Metro. In restaurants and cafes,
especially on the street, never leave your valuables unattended or your handbag hanging behind
Please refer to your trip’s website for downloads and useful links.
The following are our recommendations for making the most out of your free time in Santiago. This
includes recommendations for exploring the city, visiting museums, and taking advantage of
Santiago’s best restaurants and pubs. If you would like additional information on any of these
suggestions, please do not hesitate to ask. Unless indicated with the icon, we recommend you
take a taxi or the Metro (subway) to these locations.
Indicates within walking distance from the Atton el Bosque hotel.
Out and About in Santiago:
To explore Santiago, we recommend the following walking tours:
Mapocho River Trail – From the Atton El Bosque Hotel, turn right (east) on Roger de Flor,
left on El Bosque and cross Andres Bello street to intersect the Mapocho River. Continue
west on either side of the river for flat running or walking trails, and a view of the mountains
2. San Cristóbal Hill – Further north from the Mapocho River Trail, the entrance to the park
is 10 blocks from the hotel on Pedro de Valdivia Norte. Ascend the hill via foot or taxi for
superb views of Santiago, which is ideal for pavement or trail running. A large statue of the
Virgin Mary graces the summit. You can return via taxi or the funicular train that will drop
you in the Bellavista neighborhood. We do not recommend being in the park after dark.
3. Walking tour in downtown Santiago – Start off in the quaint and European-style Lastarria
Street and Bellas Artes neighborhood (Metro: Universidad Católica). This area is full of
outdoor pubs and restaurants, an open-air antique market on the weekends, and offers easy
access to the Parque Forestal and the lovely Santa Lucia Hill. Area museums include Palacio
Bellas Artes, Artes Visuales in the Plaza Mulato Gil de Castro, and the Museo Arqueológico
de Santiago (Lastarria 307) explores Chile’s history through everyday elements such as
baskets, ceramics, jewelry and textiles. Recommended restaurants and cafes include Café de
las Artes (Monjitas 404), bookstore, art gallery, coffee shop, and Ambrosia (Merced 838),
where the owners personally attend to their guests. For a more upscale restaurant, try
Frederick’s (Almirante Gotuzzo 102). For ice cream, try Emporio de la Rosa (291 Merced)
4. Bicycle tour in Santiago – La Bicicleta Verde, LVB (the Green Bicycle), operates tours based
on the ideal of sustainable tourism. http://www.labicicletaverde.com/
Museums in Santiago:
Highly recommended is the Pre-Colombian Arts Museum (Metro: Plaza de Armas, 361 Bandera),
with a wide collection of works from all over Latin America. The Nacional de Bellas Artes museum
(Metro: Bellas Artes) has rotating collections from throughout the world and a permanent collection
of Chilean sculptures. Other nice museums include the Cultural Center in La Moneda presidential
palace (Metro: Moneda), in addition to the museums listed above in the Walking Tour of Santiago
section. We recommend a visit to La Chascona, the house of deceased Nobel Prize winning poet
Pablo Neruda, which has been converted into a museum displaying interesting artifacts of the
artist’s possessions. Please call ahead to schedule a tour in English.
Shopping in Santiago:
All of the following shopping areas are recommended for their quality shopping and crafts. Santiago
malls are modern and provide a shopping experience similar to that in the United States.
Patio de Bellavista Open until late
Located between Pio Nono and Constitución Street in the Bellavista neighborhood, this recently
reconstructed area is a lively outdoor retreat, highly recommended both for local artisan handicrafts
and its options of restaurants and pubs.
Pueblito de los Dominicos 11am – 7:30pm
9085 Apoquindo, Las Condes
For local Chilean handicraft, this outdoor artisan shopping area next to the convent Los Graneros del
Alba has Santiago’s largest craft selection imported from throughout the country and is a highly
recommended option. Closed on Mondays.
Mall Costanera Center 10am – 9pm
2425 Andrés Bello Avenue, Providencia
Just 4 blocks from the hotel, this is the largest shopping center in Chile.
Mall Alto Las Condes 10am – 9pm
9001 Kennedy Avenue, Las Condes
This very large mall has the best brand stores and a megaplex movie theatre.
Mall Parque Arauco 10am – 9pm
5225 Kennedy Avenue, Las Condes
Closer than Alto Las Condes, this large and very modern mall has bowling, an outdoor courtyard
with excellent dining options, and a megaplex movie theatre.
Alonso de Cordova 11am – 7pm
For the best brands and most expensive shopping in Chile, walk down Alonso de Cordova street
where you will find art galleries and renowned international stores such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes,
and Faba jewelry. Excellent food options include El Reloj for traditional Chilean food and La Cocina
de Javier for Spanish paella.
Dining in Santiago:
Santiago offers a nice selection of dining options. Listed below are some of our favorites.
indicates within walking distance from the Atton el Bosque Hotel.
Uptown: Las Condes and Vitacura area:
Avenue Isidora Goyenechea
Just 2 blocks from the hotel, a stroll down this street offers a wide selection of dining options and
outdoor cafes. Recommended options include Italian restaurant Nolita ($$$) and Tiramisu ($),
serving the best and most creative pizza in Santiago or Café Melba ($) (hours: Mon - Fri: 7:30 am -
6:00 pm Sat - Sun: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm), Don Carlos 2898, offering International cuisine and serves
breakfast all day long.
Luis Thayer Ojeda 019, near the intersection with Av. Providencia
This bustling Santiago mainstay with an Argentine-Italian touch offers big portions at an affordable
price, with an impressive wine list. Highly recommended. Metro: Tobalaba
Av. Apoquindo 3090, near the intersection with Augusto Leguia
2233-2301 – Reservation recommended
Simply the best steak in Santiago. This upscale Argentine parrillada provides any cut of meat cooked
on an open grill to your liking. Metro: El Golf
Avenida Nueva Costanera 3922, Vitacura
2264-2639– Reservation recommended
Fantastic cebicheria by the owners of the famed Astrid and Gaston chain of gourmet Peruvian
Avenida del Bicentenario 4050, Vitacura
2477-6093 – Reservation recommended
Modern Chilean menu. Get a reservation, and get there early! Pricey but not unreasonable; a quick
cab ride from the hotel. Taxi
Bistro Kilmetro 0
Isidora Goyenechea 3000, Las Condes
2245-7077 – Reservation recommended
This elegant Bistro can be found on the bottom floor of the infamous Hotel W. It offers a variety of
French cuisine options with a wide selection of wines. Metro: El Golf
Mid-town: Providencia and Bellavista area:
De Cangrejo a Conejo
2634-4031 – Reservation recommended
Av. Italia 805, Providencia
Hip and modern Chilean restaurant serving international cuisine. Don’t miss the Cinnamon mojito
cocktail, the house specialty. Taxi
Orrego Luco 054
Even non-vegetarians will enjoy this Vegetarian restaurant, known internationally for its creative
and healthy dishes. Metro: Los Leones
Baco Vino y Bistro
Nueva de Lyon 113
2231-4444. Reservation Recommended
For wine tasting, nothing beats Baco’s selection of red, white, and specialty wines by the glass. Their
sensible French influenced mix of appetizers and entrées is well designed and reasonably priced.
Metro: Los Leones
Nueva de Lyon 77
2231-7969. Reservation Recommended
Hands down the best Italian in Santiago. Fresh ingredients, and very knowledgeable staff. Don’t miss
their homemade pastas and gelatos.
Metro: Los Leones
Constitución Street, Bellavista
This recommended street offers several dining and nightlife options that will accommodate any
taste. Creatively designed Como Agua Para Chocolate (Constitución 88, $$) has Mexican food and is
based around the theme of the book of the same title; hip Etniko (Constitución 172, $$), with
international flavor, serves sushi and Asian fusion accompanied with music by an in-house DJ; Azul
Profundo (Constitución 111, $$$) for seafood. We highly recommend a stroll through the Patio de
Bellavista (Constitución 54) with a selection of restaurants and pubs. Taxi or Metro: Baquedano
Music, Bars and Nightlife in Santiago:
Santiago’s nighttime districts are located in Av. Vitacura, and Providencia (Metros: Manuel Montt
and Los Leones) and Bellavista (Metro: Baquedano) neighborhoods. Here are some popular
hotspots, listed in order from uptown to downtown locations:
Flannery’s Irish Geo Pub
Encomenderos 83, Las Condes
Near the hotel. For a pint of Guinness, this Irish pub is the local choice for foreigners. Metro:
Paseo Orrego Luco
Between Av. Providencia 2047 and 2051, Providencia
This outdoor area is always lively from Happy Hour onwards. Metro: Los Leones
El Perseguidor – Jazz Club
126 A. Lopez de Bello, Bellavista neighborhood
Jazz pub with live music and informal atmosphere. Several small bars located across the street, and
around the corner on Constitution. Taxi or Metro: Baquedano
Las Urracas – Dance Club
9229 Vitacura, Vitacura
Packed on weekends, this popular club is a good location to dance with the locals. Taxi
Exploring Valparaiso & Viña del Mar
Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are sister cities located halfway down Chile's endless coastline and
sixty-eight miles northwest of Santiago. A city of seafaring traditions and grand hilltop views,
Valparaíso was once home to the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Valparaíso also functions as
the primary commercial port, naval base, and seat of political power for the country, which creates a
unique and modern dynamic in a city with roots in the colonial past. Together, Valparaíso and Viña
del Mar offer something for each visitor, including spectacular beaches, museums, and architecture.
The following are our recommendations for making the most out of your free time in Valparaiso and
Viña del Mar. This includes recommendations for exploring the city, visiting museums, and taking
advantage of its best restaurants and pubs. If you would like additional information on any of these
suggestions, please do not hesitate to ask. Unless indicated with the icon, we recommend you
take a taxi or to these locations.
Indicates within walking distance from the Hotel San Martin.
Out and About in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar:
To explore Viña del Mar, we recommend the following:
La Sebastiana – Bellavista's most famous resident poet was Pablo Neruda, who made a
point of watching Valparaíso's annual New Year's fireworks from his house at the top of the
hill, La Sebastiana. Getting here involves a short uphill hike – but you're rewarded on each
floor with ever more heart-stopping views over the harbor. The best of all are from Neruda's
crow's nest study. Unlike at Neruda's other houses, you can wander around La Sebastiana at
will, lingering over the chaotic collection of ship's figureheads, glass, 1950s furniture and
2. Museo Naval y Marítimo – Cannons still stand ready outside the Museo Naval y Marítimo.
Much space is devoted to Chile's victory in the 19th-century War of the Pacific. Other
exhibits include historical paintings, uniforms, ship's furniture, swords, navigating
instruments and medals, all neatly displayed in exhibition rooms along one side of a large
3. Harbor Boat Tours – Several companies operate boats and will take you around the harbor
to see the giant cruise vessels and naval battleships and you will spot sea lions frolicking in
the harbor. These tours run daily from the harbor in Valparaiso, no reservation needed.
4. Castillo Wulff – Pretty Castillo Wulff, built by a prominent Valparaíso businessman in the
early 20th century, hangs out over the sea: pass through the art exhibitions to the tower at
the back, where you can peer through the thick glass floor at the rocks and waves below.
5. Jardín Botánico Nacional – There are over 3000 plant species in the 61 hectares of parkland
that comprise Chile's Jardín Botánico Nacional. It's 8km southeast of the city center; take a
taxi or catch bus 203 from Viña along Calle Alvarez to Puente El Olivar, then cross the bridge
and walk about 500m north to the park's entrance signs.
Dining in Valapariso and Viña del Mar:
Listed below are some of our favorites.
Viña del Mar
Ristorante San Marco
San Martin Avenue 597, Viña del Mar.
Don Vito e Zanoni
8 Norte Street 375, Viña del Mar.
San Martin Avenue 199, Viña del Mar.
3 Norte Street 88, Viña del Mar.
Agua Santa Street 4-10, Viña del Mar.
Tierra del Fuego
8 Norte Street 65, Playa Acapulco | Norte y San Martin, Viña del Mar.
Delicias del mar
San Martin Avenue 459, Viña del Mar.
Avenida Central 85, Reñaca, Viña del Mar.
Restaurant La Concepción
Papudo Street 541, Cerro Concepción Valparaíso.
Pasta e Vino
Templeman 352, Cerro Concepción, Valparaíso
Montealegre 149 | Cerro Alegre, Valparaíso.
Templeman 147, Cerro Concepción, Valparaíso.
Almirante Montt 462 Cerro Alegre, Valparaíso.
Peru’s frenetic capital, home to one-third of the country’s population, is a modern city with chic
shopping malls, enchanting neighborhoods to explore, and one of the continent’s most important
dining scenes, all with dramatic sea views. The following are our recommendations for making the
most out of your free time in Lima. This includes recommendations for exploring the city, visiting
museums, and taking advantage of Lima’s best restaurants and pubs. If you would like additional
information on any of these suggestions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Out and About in Lima:
1. Downtown Lima: The heart of downtown Lima (El Centro) is the Plaza de Armas (Plaza
Mayor). It is linked to Plaza San Martin by the bustling pedestrian mall Jiron de la Union,
which continues south as Jiron Belen (many streets change their names every few blocks).
Be sure to visit San Isidro, Lima’s fashionably elegant business district, and the ritzy
beachfront hotels, restaurants and shops of Miraflores. Further south, the artistic cliff-top
community of Barranco has the hottest nightlife in town.
2. Centro de Lima: The most interesting but not the safest place to wander. It’s generally fine
to stroll between the Plazas de Armas, San Martin, and Grau and the parklands further
south. The oldest part of the Plaza de Armas is its central bronze fountain, erected in 1650.
To the left of the Cathedral, the exquisitely balconied Archbishop’s Palace dates from
around 1934. On the cathedral’s northeastern flank, the Palacio de Gobierno is the home of
Peru’s president; the changing of the guard outside takes place around noon. The early 20th
century Plaza San Martin is well worth a stop to visit the often-overlooked statue of Madre
3. The Magic Water Circuit: The Circuit, recently inaugurated in the Reserve Park, has become
one of the newest and most visited attractions in Lima. Honored with a Guinness Record and
unique in America, this circuit offers thirteen impressive fountains that combine movement,
lights, sounds and images. Make sure to visit the whole park, especially Circuito Magico del
Agua and Parque Reserva.
4. Miraflores: Miraflores is one of the top tourist districts of Lima hugging the Pacific Ocean.
Over the past few years, there have been new developments in this district that offer
several amenities such as fine cuisine, fast food, casinos, dancing, handcrafts, antiques flea
markets, original paintings, cinemas, and much more. Surfers and the paragliders frequent
the main Miraflores beach, which is well worth the visit.
5. Monastery of Santo Domingo: Built by Dominican friars in 1549, this ancient Church and
Monastery contains the tombs of Santa Martin de Porres and Peru's other famous saint,
Santa Rosa de Lima. Visit and gaze at the breathtaking architecture.
6. San Francisco Monastery: A master piece in Peruvian colonial architecture and art, houses
the most beautiful tiles from the old colonial days, famous for its catacombs where used to
be buried people form Lima city during the colony
For museum enthusiasts, the Museo de la Nacion (Av. Javier Prado Este 2466) is the best place to
get your head around Peru’s myriad prehistoric civilizations. The Museo Larco (Av Bolivar 1515)
contains an impressive collection of ceramics, highlighted by the infamous collection of preColumbian pottery.
For upscale shopping, Shopping Center Larcomar is a full scale, modern mall with breathtaking
views of the Pacific Ocean. In this shopping and entertainment center you will find a 12 movie
theater complex, 17 restaurants and cafes with a wide variety of international and Peruvian food,
the most exclusive discotheques and bars of Lima, a bowling alley, electronic games for kids, and
more than 100 well-known brand stores offering products such as alpaca and llama apparels, silver
and gold jewelries and Peruvian handicrafts.
Artesanias Las Pallas and Galeria Artesanal San Francisco are good bets for those looking to find
specialized and traditional art and handicrafts at reasonable prices. These charming markets are the
perfect places to find anything handmade.
Indian Market in Miraflores, in downtown Miraflores, 3 blocks full of handicrafts galleries, from all
over the country, coast andes and jungle, reasonable prices big variety.
Dining in Lima:
Gastronomy has always been, since the days of the Spanish viceroyalty, an essential aspect of life in
Lima. During the last few years, however, the city's dining scene has experienced a huge leap,
probably because a lot of travelers are speaking about of the exceptionality of Peruvian cuisine. The
dining scene in Lima is nowadays most varied and covers a wide range of types and cuisines, both
regional and international. Listed below are some of our favorite restaurants.
Calle Santa Isabel 376
Introduced three years ago, the 80-seat restaurant brims with unexpected intricacies, from a minibottling plant for its water to meals made with ingredients plucked from the roof. To dine at Central,
which changes its menu six times a year, is to taste-test much of Peru. From the jungle of the
Amazon comes the white-fleshed fish known as arapaima and from the mountains in the Andes
comes everything from butter to chuno, a popular frozen dehydrated potato.
El Pez Amigo
Av. La Paz 1640
Seafood has a long tradition in Peruvian cuisine; choosing among the abundant variety of fish and
shellfish dishes is a genuine dining experience. Several variations of Ceviche recipes are found at the
"The Friendly Fish," along with other delicacies from the Peruvian ocean currents.
Pampa de Amancaes
Av. Armendariz 546
Chefs Marilu and Renzo Miñán offer a carefully designed menu of traditional northern Peruvian fare
prepared with top quality ingredients and plated in a sophisticated, yet generous manner. Bring
your appetite because the meals come in multiple courses and the portions are big.
Circuito Vial Costa Verde, Espigón B2, Cdra. 1
Cuisine: Mediterranean / Peruvian Fusion
Right on the beach, this place is worth a visit for the views alone - both of the water and the young,
beautiful clientele. Cala creatively mixes Peruvian flavors with traditional Mediterranean cuisine,
creative cocktails and superb seafood with an artsy presentation. Also has a nice lounge facing the
ocean, where young smart limenos like to socialize while having some Peruvian cocktails
Avenida La Paz 642
This grill and bar is a great place to eat quality meat. The owners import the meat from Argentina
and Uruguay, so meat lovers understand the meaning. In the evenings they have live music from
time to time.
La Rosa Nautica
Espigon 4 Circuito de Playas
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the impressive Victorian style restaurant, La Rosa Nautica offers a
diverse selection of appetizers, traditional Peruvian entrees, and a selection of the fishes and a
Peruvian sea food.
La Paz 646
Saqra means “little devil” in Spanish, so every dish has a naughty twist or an edge to it. The menu
tries to sum up what Peruvians are eating today: a mix of mountain wholesomeness, jungle fruits
and coastal seafood, plus international influences. And it’s all reasonably priced.
Los Laureles 285
This warm, inviting bistro immediately puts diners at ease. The English-speaking wait staff is
attentive and helpful in recommending dishes and wine pairings. Sacha offers quality matched with
an excellent combination of selected Peruvian classical dishes. The duck risotto is highly
recommended. There is also a great selection of salads as well as seafood.
Av Camino Real 101
Rising culinary star Pedro Miguel Schiaffino is the chef at this hot destination restaurant at the heart
of San Isidro. Influenced, in particular, by Amazonian produce and cooking techniques, Schiaffino’s
seasonal menu features deftly prepared delicacies such as crisp, seared cuy and Amazonian river
snails bathed in a sauce made with spicy chorizo. Do not forego the cocktails or dessert.
La Locanda Swissotel
Via Central 150
At La Locanda, guests enjoy classic elegance in an exclusive environment with a beautiful view of the
garden. With warm service, each detail has been meticulously attended to for an unforgettable
experience. La Locanda also offers a great selection of desserts and the finest wines and liquors. This
is the perfect place for a business lunch, a romantic dinner or just a fun evening with friends.
This Japanese highly recommended restaurant offers sushi combined with truly unique ingredients.
If you like to taste different and new flavors, this is the place to go. Osaka’s huge menu offers
something for everybody.
Av. Emilio Cavenecia 170
A fusion of Peruvian and Italian cuisine, the medium-large sized restaurant seems to also be a
favorite for locals. Danica provides friendly service and English menus as well.
Manuel Bañon 260
Cuisine: Japanese – Peruvian Fusion
Considered by many the best sushi bar in Lima, with a life that spans over three decades, impressive
Matsuei began as a small eatery, which now reveals a delicate and astonishing balance between
Peruvian and Japanese cuisines, a style that creates some maki rolls that come close to perfection.
El Olivar Restaurant Bar
Calle Pancho Fierro 194
The menu at El Olivar masterfully combines elegance with Peruvian tradition. El Olivar, or “olive
grove” offers a bold array of national dishes and an enormous buffet on fridays. The weekday chef
specialties are decided every morning, with choices for appetizers, entrees and desserts promising
to surprise you.
Av. 2 de Mayo 724
Antica Pizzería is one of Lima's most popular Italian restaurants, specializing in wood-burning ovenstyle pizzas and standard but well-done Italian meals. The long, wooden tables can be awkward, but
the pizza is first-rate.
Restaurante Chez Philippe
Av. 2 de Mayo 748
Specializing in French food, as well as typical Italian pastas and pizzas, Restaurante Chez Philippe
boasts a stock of over 70 different varieties of imported beer in a bright and cozy atmosphere.
Santiago de Surco:
Av. Primavera 640
This is a place where food and desserts have become kind of art pieces. Located in Chacarilla
neighborhood (a classy section of Surco district), the decor is absolutely artsy and original: you may
find a large chocolate sculpture presiding the entrance, and this is easy to understand since the chef
if also a ceramist. Apart from the complete meals and a la carte options available here, desserts here
are something not to be missed.
Av. El Polo 759-A
Fiamma Restaurant provides a elegant and warm atmospher, where customers can enjoy the grilled
meats, a variety of homemade pastas, and choose from a variety of over 180 wines from around
Costa Rica 5802
This lunch-only seafood restaurant is one of the best places in town for initiating in the pleasures of
ceviches, tiraditos, and causas.
Music, Bars and Nightlife in Lima:
Cala (Beach Bar)
Av. Circuito Vial Costa Verde
This swanky beachfront bar is more reminiscent of a bar in California than one in Peru. Its back patio
suspended over the sand, innovative cocktails, and excellent location makes Cala a place not to miss.
Mayta-Miraflores (Lounge Bar)
Avenida 28 de Julio 1290
This contemporary bar and restaurant, which opened three years ago, offers pisco infused with local
ingredients and international flavors. It also offers a wide array of tapas and samplers.
Huaringas Bar (Pisco Sour Bar)
Calle Bolognesi 472, Miraflores
This lively Miraflores bar is arranged in a series of elementally themed spaces, from the ground
room (earth) to an attic (air). By 11 p.m., all the elements were populated with chattering young
professionals drinking pisco cocktails.
El Estadio Futbol Cub (Soccer Bar)
Nicolas de Pierola 922, Centro de Lima
If there’s an important match, it’s on at this excellent bar devoted to soccer fanaticism. You can
drink beers in ceramic mugs next to wax models of some of the famous soccer players in the world.
Bartini (Lounge Bar)
Glowing, sultry red, this smallish ultra-lounge-style bar in Larco Mar serves up DJs and live music to
an eclectic crowd.
Sargento Pimienta (Night Club)
Bolognesi 755, Barranco
Spanish for “Sergeant Pepper,” this huge barnlike place is so popular, parking touts start working
four blocks away. DJs play a mix of international retro, plus occasional live rock.
Emergency Contact Info
Embassy of the United States in Santiago:
Av. Andrés Bello 2800, Las Condes
Switchboard: (56-2) 2330-3000
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Santiago - Hotel Atton el Bosque:
Front Desk: (56-2) 2947-3600
Viña del Mar - Hotel San Martin:
Front Desk: (56-32) 268-9191
Embassy of United States in Lima, Peru
Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n, Surco, Lima 33, Peru
Switchboard: (51-1) 618-2000
7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Lima Hotel Atton San Isidro:
Front Desk: (51-1) 208 1200
Tel US: +1 (786) 245-7834
Email: [email protected]
Emergency Cell Phone Numbers:
Operations Manager - Alex Pastenes (56-9) 8829 9289
Operations Associate - Tanja Tervonen (56-9) 8720 8170
Program Manager – Gail Thornton (56-9) 9529 5956
Managing Director - Eric Ostermeier (56-9) 8449-3430