What to do on a holiday to Valparaiso

  • Spend your days wandering along the winding streets to take in Valparaiso’s unique faded grandeur
  • Be sure to travel on one of the city’s old funicular elevators which run up and down the 40 hillsides upon which the city sits
  • Visit La Sebastiana, the former home of Chile’s most revered poet, Nobel Laureate winner Pablo Neruda
  • Take a boat trip from the harbour to gain the best views of the city’s colourful and antiquated homes

Our Specialists 'Must Do'

Visit the city market with a chef from renowned restaurant Caruso, selecting fresh seafood and tasting the local wine along the way, before heading to the restaurant for a lesson in Chilean cooking.

A little more about Valparaiso

Valparaiso lies on the south side of a broad, open bay facing the Pacific Ocean, 84 miles (140 km) northwest of Santiago. 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.

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.

When to go

A great year round destination, particularly during the balmy summer months.

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