If you want to learn more about Chile’s history and traditional culture, you should visit the “Ruca Mapuche“ in Villa Alemana. The Mapuche are a group of indigienous inhabitants of Chile, who speak their own language, Mapudungun, and have a very distinct and unique culture. Eye on Viña asked Mapuche Orietta Curihuentro Catalán about their beliefs, their food, their clothes, their life in an urban city, and their problems in modern Chilean society. Beitrag auf Eye on Viña
Only a few miles outside of Viña del Mar lays a little oasis: the Parque Jardín Botánico Nacional de Viña del Mar or The Botanical Garden. For more than 90 years it has been a place to play, relax, and party for the students, workers and families of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. On almost 400 acres, the botanical garden offers a great variety of possibilities to escape from the stress of a everyday life. The leisure facilities include a number of pedestrian walkways, BBQ areas, open meadows to play soccer, an artificial lagoon, and a climbing and zip-lining complex in the middle of the woods. Beitrag auf Eye On Viña
“Happiness is seeing the world from horseback,” as a German saying goes. For anyone who wants to discover the joy of Chile, Ritoque, a district of the city of Quintero, would be a good place to go riding. Sebastian Lara, owner of Ritoque Expediciones, offers horseback riding tours through the dunes, the woods, and the beach of Ritoque, which is less than 30 minutes away from Viña del Mar in a micro bus. The tours are half day, full day, or during the night and sometimes also include a barbeque. The tours are guided and riding skills are not necessary. For today, you can stay on your couch as we take you on a multimedia horseback riding tour. Enjoy a ride through the dunes, the woods, and the beach of Ritqoue – and listen to the experience of some Americans who participated. Beitrag auf Eye on Viña
Chile is famous for wines. The region of Casablanca is about 30 minutes southeast of Valparaíso and 50 minutes northwest of Santiago, if you are travelling by car. It is known for its white grapes; especially for Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Several wineries offer tastings for visitors, often including a tour through their impressively large vineyards and facilities. Follow Eye on Viña on a multimedia tour through the “Ruta del Vino en Casablanca” and get to know William Cole and Veramonte, two of the best wineries of the region. Beitrag auf Eye on Viña
Foreigners greatly rely on their computers. They need them to communicate with their families and friends back home, to read about the latest news online, or to administrate their bank accounts. And foreigners in particular are in a difficult situation when their computer breaks and they do not know how to fix it themselves. And the situation is even worse when they own a Mac, as they are not very common in Chile and not all of the stores that offer technical support are reliable.
Hector Molina offers repairs on almost all Mac products. Photo Credit: Christian Papesch