Renaca - Vina del Mar
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Renaca is a Chilean town located north of the commune of Vina del Mar, in the Valparaíso region. Mainly tourist and residential, it is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods within the Metropolitan Area of Valparaíso.
Characterized by its long beach and staggered buildings on the slopes of the hills, every year it becomes the epicenter of summer fun for Argentinians and visitors.
The origin of the Reñaca locality dates back to 1905 when the heir of the Hacienda de Viña del Mar, Salvador Vergara Alvares together with Gastón Hamel de Souza, formed the 'Montemar Real Estate Company', to urbanize Reñaca beach. A little later in 1912, the first houses appear along Vicuña Mackenna and Balmaceda streets, both parallel to the estuary and along its banks.
The coastal road was extended to Concón in 1917, but Reñaca beach remained deserted for some years. It was only around 1940 that it began to be built on the street that borders the coast and was soon filled with vacation homes of people living in Santiago, today almost all currently replaced by modern buildings. Despite this real estate development, the large beach of Reñaca continued to be visited very little, since its waters were considered dangerous for swimming due to the intense swell that is frequently observed in the area.
Just in 1965 it started to become the most important center of summer events. Its beach is urbanized and a construction process begins in which newly erected houses were demolished, to give way to the spectacular buildings staggered on the hillside. The entire coastal front is rebuilt, on land now considered the most expensive in the country. “Sector 5” is considered the most exclusive place, where high-class and famous families settled.
Garden of the Sea
In 1980, the Garden of the Sea (Jardín del Mar) neighborhood appears in the south of Renaca. A large residential urbanization that in a decade covered the place with houses and buildings up to 25 stories high, transforming Renaca into the nucleus of greater urban development throughout the Greater Valparaíso. Jardín del Mar is characterized as a residential neighborhood with little vehicular and pedestrian movement. The neighborhood is located on a hillside and most of its surface is not flat.
Renaca beach is the youth center of the commune of Vina del Mar and the city of Valparaíso. For the same reason, on Borgono Avenue, which extends to the neighboring municipality of Concón, in the northern sector of the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, there are several bars, discos, restaurants, coffee shops, etc., as well as in other places of the town.
A residential area of high commercial value has also been generated in the immediate vicinity of the beach, with the characteristic step-shaped constructions. Renaca is visited by people from all over the country and many foreign tourists, especially from Argentina.
A little further north, approximately 3 km away, is the small town of Cochoa, which has several restaurants (especially seafood). Cochoa beach is peaceful, with calm waters, and with a family atmosphere. But the growth of Reñaca has advanced until reaching Cochoa, where a large number of real estate and commercial projects are being built.
Gómez Carreño Natural Park
The Gómez Carreño Natural Park has 536 hectares of native sclerophyllous coastal forest, where you can see a lot of endemic flora and fauna of the region, including the Zorro Chilla, Cururo, Quique (endangered), Birds like the Eaglet, Tucuquere, Seven Colors, Rare, etc. You can also find one of the largest forests of Bellotos del Norte (more than 200 specimens), which is one of the trees in Chile declared a natural monument.
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