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Valparaiso is a historic city in central Chile on the Pacific coast. Together with Viña del Mar and other towns it creates a conurbation of more than 900.000 inhabitants.

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State: Valparaiso (V)
Population: 275,141
Licence plate: nongeographical
Major roads: Ruta 68
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Hitchhiking out

North towards La Serena or East towards Mendoza (Argentina)

From Avenida Errazuriz in Valparaiso, for example near the metro station Bellavista take any micro (mini bus) that goes to Quilpue, there's plenty of them and it costs around 600 pesos. Tell the driver that you want to get off near the Puente Lusitania (Lusitania Bridge) in Viña del Mar. Go to the other side of the bridge and turn left (east). After 500m you will see a roundabout where motorway begins. Hitch there with a sign. A lot of the traffic will be heading southeast to Santiago, so you can make a sign "Peaje Llay Llay", which is a huge toll plaza located on the Panamerican Higway 5, twenty km south from Calera. From there you can hitch either south to Santiago, east to San Felipe, Los Andes and Mendoza or north to La Serena.

Southeast towards Santiago

Get to Avenida Argentina. You can either walk from the historic centre (30 minutes) or take any micro (mini bus) that goes to Congreso or Terminal de Buses. At the southern end of the avenue there is a beginning of the motorway 68 with a COPEC petrol station. It's a perfect spot for hitching. Make a sign. There will be no trucks, but it's easy to find a lift with cars and they usually go to the centre of Santiago.

Another option is to take a micro (mini bus) in Valparaiso to Placilla and leave the bus in the entrance of Placilla, then walk like 500 meters to the last petrol station (COPEC - there are three petrol stations) always walking near the highway and after the COPEC there is a curve where all the trucks leave the city and it is very easy to catch a truck over there, not all the trucks go to Santiago so try to take one going there or get off at the last peaje (toll plaza) before Santiago and catch another lift.