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The ramshackle, sinuous streets of Valparaiso and the old funiculars offer a walking tour unlike any other. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features antique Victorian mansions and colourful tin houses lining terraced walkways that wind around precipitous hills.

Grafitti in Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile

A little more about Valparaiso

Sweeping seaward views and atmospheric restaurants and cafes are prevalent, but it’s Valparaiso’s bars that brought this city notoriety. It is fascinating to explore the faded remains of this once-thriving port town, now home to many artists and artisans.

Valparaiso serves as a fine addition to any tailor-made holiday through Chile and is easily accessible from Santiago and the winelands. Visitors may like to explore the central region by hire car to offer that little extra flexibility to an itinerary.


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Explore Valparaiso

Wander along the winding city streets to take in Valparaiso’s unique faded grandeur and dazzling displays of artistic graffiti.

Ride a Funicular

Travel on one of Valparaiso’s old funicular elevators, which run up and down the 40 hillsides upon which the city is perched.

Visit La Sebastiana

Travel to the former home of Pablo Neruda, one of Chile’s most revered poets and a receiver of the Nobel Prize.

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Valparaiso by Boat

Embark on a boat trip from the harbour to gain the best views of the Valparaiso’s colourful and antiquated homes.

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Combining the arid Atacama Desert and iconic Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia, the dramatic contrasts of its landscapes make Chile one of Paul’s most treasured travel destinations.

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