San Antonio

Port of San Antonio in Chile

Port of San Antonio in Chile

San Antonio has a population of 87,205 and it’s a port-city that lies on a hillside enclosed to the North by the Centinela hill (cerro Centinela [commonly called La Virgen]), where the Panul Point Lighthouse (Faro Punta Panul), inaugurated in 1924, is located. Towards the South runs a long beach until the Maipo river (río Maipo).

During summer comes a flock of tourists that stay at local houses, but its great charm is the life of a port-city. San Antonio is the supply center for the entire coast to the south of Valparaíso -Coast of the Poets- having an active commerce, the best stores and hardware and nautical products sales, and it’s the only place where there’s a permanent night life in the entire port.

San Antonio houses the Municipal Museum of Natural History and Archaeology of San Antonio (Museo Municipal de Historia Natural y Arqueología de San Antonio). It exhibits a sample of the indigenous cultures of the area (Bato, Llolleo complex and Aconcagua culture), fossils of the Navidad geological formation, a small native botanical garden, specimens of marine and terrestrial fauna in Central Chile and a skeleton of a blue whale, the only one conserved in a museum in Chile. Visiting hours are all year round from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 1 pm, and from 3 pm to 7 pm, on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. The admission is free, however donations are accepted for the Wild Fauna Rescue Center (Centro de Rescate de Fauna Silvestre).

View of San Antonio, in Valparaiso Region, Chile

View of San Antonio, in Valparaiso Region, Chile

Life in San Antonio is centered on the square, two commercial streets that go up the hills, the oceanside road, the dock, the station and the Painter Pacheco Altamirano creek (caleta Pintor Pacheco Altamirano), a place surrounded by restaurants that has a big fish and seafood market. On the coastal border is the Bellamar Walk (Paseo Bellamar), completely renewed as part of the projects in celebration of the Bicentennial. It counts with stands with crafts, games for children, recreational areas and gardens. At the end of the walk in the Puertecito sector, there’s the 82 Crane (Grúa 82), declared national monument, that was brought from France in 1911 for the construction of the port and the embarking dock for the motorboats that make tourist trips around the bay. Parking fee is $500 per half an hour.

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