Viña del Mar is nicknamed “Garden City,” and visitors to Quinta Vergara — a beautifully landscaped park — will understand why. Portuguese shipping tycoon Francisco Alvarez acquired a 19-century hacienda on the site of the park in 1840. His wife Dolores, an avid botanist, transformed the existing grounds into a botanical garden filled with exotic flora from around the globe.
The Venetian Gothic style Palacio Vergara, located at the heart of Quinta Vergara, was built in 1910 as the home of Dolores’s granddaughter who had married Jose Francisco Vergara, the founder of Viña del Mar. It was later converted into a fine art museum to display a collection of 17- to 19-century art until an earthquake caused extensive damage to the structure in 2010.
Each February, the otherwise peaceful park hosts a lineup of Latin pop acts during the Festival of Song.
Quinta Vergara is open daily and admission is free.