One of the benefits of studying abroad is the chance to explore outside your host city. Excursions are offered for all semester, year, and summer programs. Semester students are typically offered two to three excursions and summer students are typically offered one to two excursions. You will receive a calendar of excursions during orientation. Here are some of the day trips and weekend trips we’ve offered in the past:
Day Trip to San Pedro de Quillota
A common activity for the city dwellers of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso is to sneak away to the Chilean countryside to experience the everyday pleasures of life. Spend the day visiting historic sites, including a National Railroad Monument, and learn about one of the agricultural regions that feeds the country.
Visit to Mapuche Ruca
The Mapuche are indigenous to Chile, and their history is as rich as it is dramatic. Learn the story from the Mapuche themselves as you engage with this unique culture in a traditional Mapuche ruca, or hut. You will also have the opportunity to experience Mapuche dances, rituals, and a traditional meal.
Tour of Casablanca Wineries & Grape Harvest
Chile’s booming wine industry harvests grapes from mid-March until the end of April. Experience the harvesting and wine-making process first-hand at a Casablanca winery. Sampling local wines and indulging in an appetizing Chilean meal completes the day in delightful way.
Pablo Neruda’s House & Museum in Isla Negra
Named by the famous Chilean writer, Pablo Neruda, Isla Negra or “Black Island” was Neruda’s home for 34 years. Today, it’s a museum; here you can see the house where Neruda’s poetry was penned in green ink and learn about the poet-turned-politician’s life. The isle and area surrounding it are still a haven for artists and writers today.
Horcón is a small fishing village an hour north of Viña del Mar. In this lovely, rustic place, you’ll find fishermen, artisans, and artists living in peaceful harmony. Enjoy the local food, scenic walks, and wait for the boats to arrive with their fish every morning. This little spot is truly a magical place for a weekend excursion.
Make the most of your study abroad experience by immersion in the local culture. CEA offer ways you can get involved through activities that fit your interests. Learn about our range of extracurricular immersion activities.
Food Tasting and Port of Valparíso Tour
The Port of Valparíso, the largest in Chile is known for its colorful boats, beautiful views of the bay, lazy sea lions, and packed markets. Whet your appetite with new seafood and dishes loved by locals while experiencing the magic of the port around you.
Traditional Chilean Café
Food and fellowship are at the heart of Chilean culture. Whether you choose the Pastel de Choclo or Cazuela, you’ll get a taste of the Chilean culture with a traditional meal at a local café. Spend time with your peers, learn about the food culture of Chile, and give your tastebuds a treat!
Local Brewery Visit
The craft brewery trend isn’t unique to just the U.S. With more than 250 craft breweries within the country, you’ll experience a local brewery just outside of Viña del Mar. Learn about the local beer scene, taste some local favorites, and get to know your peers in a casual environment.
Pablo Neruda's House & Museum in La Sebastiana
Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean writer was a man of many homes- three to be exact. Explore his most artistic house and take in a stunning view of the port of Valparaíso while perusing his many corners and nooks filled with old maps and paintings.
Tour of Valparaíso
See the main attractions of Valparaíso, one of Chile’s most important cities, while learning about the rich cultural and historical background of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Once known as “the Jewel of the Pacific.”
Valparaíso was an important stop for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Straits of Magellan. Take a boat ride across the bay, a tour through the historic center, and gaze at the sweeping port from the hills that stretch above the city.
National Congress of Chile
As you will undoubtedly discover for yourself, Chile’s political structures have changed dramatically in recent history. Although not the capital, Valparaiso is the seat of government in Chile. On this trip, you’ll tour the legislature buildings and learn about Chilean political systems.
Volunteer a few hours per week to aid in social work activities, such as working with children at a local orphanage or providing English language training. Through volunteer work, students will not only make many new and exciting acquaintances, but also may have potentially life-changing experiences.