10 Things to Do in Valparaiso, Chile: Tips for Tourists

Valapraiso is a small city about an hour and a half outside of Santiago on the coast of Chile.  Known for it’s artists, musicians and creativity this beach city, Valparaiso has a ton to offer to tourists.

Here are some things to do in Valparaiso, Chile:

1) Cerro Concepcion

This is the older area of Valparaiso and great for tourists.  There are a ton of hostels, little alleyways, restaurants (amazing!) cafes and galleries.  The hill also gives a great view of the city from Paseo Gervasoni.

2) Cerro Alegre

Walk up through Cerro Alegre with climbing streets and see Iglesia San Luis. Walk up to see Plaza Bismark and take Avenida Alemania to get to…

3) Pablo Neruda’s House

This is closed on Mondays, but a great site in Chile. You can also stop by Plaza de las Poetas nearby for a coffee.

4) Cerra Bellavista

Continue walking through Cerra Bellavista and check out all of the great boutiques and views atop this hilltop.

5) Museo de Cielo Abierto de Valparaiso

This museum has some works from the most famous Chilean painters.  It is huge on a massive and gorgeous garden.

6) Plaza Victoria

Walk down to the Plaza Victoria and see the Catedral de Valparaiso and some other beautiful structures in the park.

7) Vina Del Mar

Vina del Mar is a little beach town about 15 minute train ride from Valparaiso, worth it if you have a few days.  Take the train to the town and walk along the beach to see the Vina del Mar castle and some beautiful people.

8) Plaza Sotomayor

The Naval building is quite impressive and the large square in the center of the port area will give you some great photo opportunities.

9) Mercado Del Puerto

A feria de los artesanos, the port market has about 15 stands with handicrafts and souvenirs.  It is a bit pricey, but you can get some great gifts and often see jugglers.

10) Paseo 21 de Mayo

You have to walk through the port area and take the Acensor Artillera to get to the Paseo 21 del Mayo for about 300 pesos each.  The paseo is some more shops and a great view.  Do not rush to get this in, as the views are just as nice from the other cerros and the shops are similar to the port market.

You should definitely try the restaurants in Cerro Concepcion and take in the great views of this vertical city and the water!

Cruising to Valparaiso

If you are cruising to Valparaiso you can get everything done in a day.  You can even do it on foot if you do not mind hills and paying for a few funiculars.  Cabs are a bit expensive, but following our walking tour and taking the train to the subway will get you to see a lot.  If you take a shore excursion make sure you see at least Cerro Concepcion and Cerro Bellavista with the surrounding spots.

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One Response to “10 Things to Do in Valparaiso, Chile: Tips for Tourists”

  1. Maria Segura
    July 26, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

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