Following the sinking sun into the Pacific, Resterante Tierra del Fuego, and Ave San Martin Beach Walk

Introduction:

Yesterday had me in Vina del Mar , Chile.  I arrived here yesterday from Santiago.  After taking a short nape, I went to the beach are to walk on the beach front along Ave San Martin, take some photos, and have dinner.  In this post I will provide the following:

  • A short background on Vina del Mar (VdM),
  • Views of the beach from my beach walk
  • Resterante Tierra del Fuego (TdF), and
  • Sunset on the Pacific at VdM from TdF

Vina del Mar (Vineyard of the Sea) Map

Viña del Mar is a city on the central coast on Chile’s Pacific Coast.  It has beautiful beaches an is a major tourist city for all of Latin America, and a weekend getaway for residents of Santiago.  VdM is part of the Valparaiso Metropolitan Area.  Currently, VdM has more than 300,000 inhibitants.

VdM is called the Garden City because it has a lot of green areas and large parks along it. It has also been recognized for its original architectural style suburban “fifth houses” established by the British resident in Valparaiso who had their summer homes amenities at Viña del Mar in the late nineteenth century.

Below is a map showing Vina del Mar and the areas discussed in this post.

Tierra del Fuego is shown in the Vina del Mar city map, and the enlarged portion.  My afternoon / evening walk is shown by the blue line.  It took me about the beach, and Ave San Martin.
Resterante Tierra del Fuego is shown in the Vina del Mar city map, and the enlarged portion. My afternoon / evening walk is shown by the blue line. It took me about the beach, and Ave San Martin.

 Walking the beach in Vina del Mar along Ave San Martin

My walk along the beach was to the north the to VdM downtown Besides the beach, one cannot help but notice all of the beautiful (depends on your definition of beauty) condos.  Below are some pictures taken during my beach walk.

Looking nothh from Quince Nte (15th St) and Ave San Martin. I have not verified the statement, but I understand that these condos with 3 bdrms and 2 baths can be purchased for about $250,000 US.  I cannot help thinking that I am really in Miami, or in from the beach in Copacabana.
Looking norhh from Quince Nte (15th St) and Ave San Martin. I have not verified the statement, but I understand that these condos with 3 bdrms and 2 baths can be purchased for about $250,000 US. I cannot help thinking that I am really in Miami, or in from the beach in Copacabana.  That is actually a pretty good value what you would get in Rio, Miami, Mar de Plata, or Cabl Frio.
Looking south from Quince Nte and Ave San Martin.
Looking south from Quince Nte and Ave San Martin.

My walk started about Quince Nte (15th Street) and Ave San Martin (ASM hereafter) heading south.  One of the first thing you encounter are artisan booths selling various items.  I did not see any booths that had any well made items.  I would not go out of my way to visit or spend any time visiting the artisan booths.   Below is a photo that I took at the start of my walk south.

Looking south on the beach at Vina del Mar.  You can find restaurants and artisan booths.
Looking south on the beach at Vina del Mar. You can find restaurants and artisan booths.  Heading south, there are no condos between the beach and AVM for may one half mile.

Resterante Tierra Del Fuego

I noticed TdF as I was walking south at the esquina (corner in English) of Peru and San Martin.  Since I was hungry, and only had toast and coffee for breakfast (It was not about 4 PM in the afternoon), I decided the check in out.  Below is a picture of TdF from the beach front.

Tierra del Fuego can be entered from either the beach front or on the Ave San Martin side. This is a picture form the beach side looking north.  In the distance you can see the pier Muelle Vergata.  I entered from the beach side to check out TdF.
Tierra del Fuego can be entered from either the beach front or on the Ave San Martin side. This is a picture form the beach side looking north. In the distance you can see the pier Muelle Vergara. I entered from the beach side to check out TdF.

Muelle Vergara is an old pier used in Vina del Mar.  It was later converted to a tourist location with shops and restaurants, but the only thing remaining is the old crane used previously to loan and off-load ships.  When I walked past the pied, it was closed with a signed that said that there is some kind of construction that would be happening in the future. Inside TdM, I had a Pisco Sour, a salad, and puré de patatas (mashed potatatoes).  There is a beautiful view inside.  Some of the photos I told with details are provided below.

A sailboat headed on a southerly course passes to the west of Tierra del Fuego.
A sailboat headed on a southerly course passes to the west of Tierra del Fuego.
This was my Pisco Sour at TdF.  While good, I remember these to be much better in Peru.  Of course, Pisco's Sours are the national drink in both Chile and Peru.  So I did not complain.  I did not want to be the gringo the started another war between Chile and Peru.
This was my Pisco Sour at TdF. While good, I remember these to be much better in Peru. Pisco’s Sours are the national drink in both Chile and Peru. So I did not complain. I did not want to be the gringo the started another war between Chile and Peru.
It was not sunset yet, but there sure was a wonderful beginning of the sunset to come in the southwest as seen from a TdF window
It was not sunset yet, but there sure was a wonderful beginning of the sunset to come in the southwest as seen from a TdF window.

 Overall, the food at TdF tasted good and reasonably priced.

Following the sun sinking into the Pacific Ocean

I wanted to get some pictures of the sun sinking in the Pacific to the southwest of TdF.  Below are the pictures I took to complete this post.  It took about 45 minutes for the sun to set.  These photos were taken between the time I stepped outside of TdF until the sun disappeared over the horizon.

The setting sun to the southwest of Resterante Tierra del Fuego about 15 minutes before it disappears completely.
The setting sun to the southwest of Resterante Tierra del Fuego about 15 minutes before it disappears completely.
The sun about 10 minutes before sunset to the southwest of Restaurante Tierra del Fuego.
The sun 10 minutes before sunset to the southwest of Restaurante Tierra del Fuego.
Looking to the northwest of Restaurant Tierra del Fuego about 10 minutes prior to sunset.
Looking to the northwest of Restaurant Tierra del Fuego 10 minutes prior to sunset.
The sun a few minutes before it disappears southwest of Restaurante Tierra del Fuego.
The sun a few minutes before it disappears southwest of Restaurante Tierra del Fuego.

 

The sun's last gasp as it sinks over the horizon southwest of Restaurante Gierra del Fuego in Vina del Mar de Chile.
The sun’s last gasp as it sinks over the horizon southwest of Restaurante Gierra del Fuego in Vina del Mar de Chile.

This completed my first of two nights in Vina del Mar de Chile.  While what I did was all of the typical tourist stuff, I really enjoyed my walk on the beach, Restaurante del Fuego, and the wonderful sunset to be seen in Vina del Mar de Chile.  I am I will return again to Vina del Mar.  This is maybe the prettiest and most peaceful place I have visited in Latin America del Sur (South America to you gringos).  

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