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Valparaíso 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. Locals call the city Valpo.
From Avenida Errazuriz in Valparaíso, 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 by motorways 62 and 5, 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 La 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.
Thumbing it, I got a ride from this gas station in less than five minutes. --Keith
Another option is to take a micro (mini bus) in Valparaíso to Placilla and leave the bus in the entrance to Placilla, then walk like 500 meters to the last petrol station, which is COPEC (there are three petrol stations in a row) always walking near the highway. After the COPEC there is a curve where all the trucks leave the city and it is very easy to catch one. Not all the trucks go to Santiago so try to take one going straight there or get off at the last toll plaza before Santiago called Peaje Lo Prado and catch another lift.
If you happen to be going to Valparaíso and your driver is going to Viña del Mar, your fastest option is to get off in Placilla located 12 km south from Valpo. From there you can take a micro (mini bus) going to the city centre. It should cost around 600 pesos. The bus stop is located on the side of the motorway near the pedestrian bridge over the road.