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ValparaisoChile

Chile’s historic seaport city is famous for picturesque hilltop neighborhoods, colonial architecture, grand plazas and open-air art galleries.

With pretty hilltop districts, fascinating street art and craft beer, Valparaíso is one of Chile’s most idiosyncratic cities. Founded as a port in 1542, Valparaíso witnessed a trading boom in the 1800s and later attracted European entrepreneurs. Today, join artists, backpackers, dockworkers and poets enjoying the city’s characterful, gritty and shabby charm.

Gaze upon Valparaíso’s sweeping bay and natural amphitheater of more than 40 cerros (hills), where colorful houses cling precariously to cliffs. In 2002, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Start at the square, Plaza Victoria, a one-time bullring. Admire landmarks, including La Iglesia Catedral de Valparaíso and Biblioteca Santiago Severín. Learn about central Chile’s natural history at the Museo de Historia Natural.

Walk past decaying colonial-era mansions to Plaza Sotomayor. The statuesque Monumento a los Héroes de Iquique memorializes heroes of the 1879 War of the Pacific. Glimpse the city’s port life and cruise around the bay at Muelle Prat.

Ride historic funiculars up into the hills. Discover districts of labyrinthine streets, staircases and steep alleys. Visit the Naval and Maritime Museum and enjoy views from Paseo 21 de Mayo at Cerro Playa Ancha.

View the British- and German-influenced architecture of Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción and gaze over the bay from Paseo Gervasoni.

La Sebastiana Museum on Cerro Bellavista is a former residence of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Head downhill to explore the Open Air Museum of Valparaíso, a collection of 20 murals decorating outdoor walls.

Experience the sights and sounds of a lively fresh produce market at El Cardonal Market. Upstairs, visit restaurants serving fresh seafood and chorrillana, a local dish of potatoes topped with fried beef, onions and eggs. Enjoy your meal with a craft beer from one of the city’s brewpubs.

Located 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Santiago, Valparaíso is easy to reach via public buses. Combine your stay with a visit to Viña del Mar, a chic coastal resort a short metro ride away.

Where to stay in Valparaiso

Paseo Gervasoni featuring outdoor art

Cerro Concepcion

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

Waterfront views, seaside views, and bars are some highlights of Cerro Concepcion. Make a stop by Mirador Paseo Gervasoni or Casa Mirador de Lukas while you're exploring.

Cerro Concepcion

Top Hotels in Valparaiso

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Winebox Valparaiso
Winebox Valparaiso
3 out of 5
763 Baquedano, Valparaiso, Región de Valparaíso
The price is $90 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from La Sebastiana Museum (Pablo Neruda's House). Bellavista Station is 15 minutes by foot and Francia ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (88 reviews)
Unique hotel with views of Valparaiso

"Thw Winebox is a very good hotel in Valparaiso with great views over the city and harbour. The staff are excellent and helpful. Breakfast was amazing with a lovelyvariety of fresh foods. We loved the rooftop bar, the colours and the decor. It is colourful and unique and in tune with Valparaiso. The ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Winebox Valparaiso
Rivendell B&B y SPA
Rivendell B&B y SPA
2.5 out of 5
Tolson 5, Cerro Esperanza, Valparaiso
The price is $60 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Caleta Abarca Beach, Federico Santa Maria Technical University, and Flower Clock. Mirador ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
This place is a gem

"This place is an absolute gem. We stayed in the “apartment” room. It has so much charm, it is nice and quiet. The breakfast here is homecooked and perfect. Couldn’t have asked for a better stay in Valparaiso."…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2019

Rivendell B&B y SPA
Ecomusic Hotel
Ecomusic Hotel
2.5 out of 5
231 Paseo Dimalow, Valparaiso
The price is $30 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Situated in Valparaiso, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Reina Victoria Lift, Casa Mirador de Lukas, and Mirador Paseo Gervasoni. Fine Arts Museum and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)

"Unique singer themed rooms. Great views from the front facing rooms."…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Ecomusic Hotel

Popular places to visit in Valparaiso

Port of Valparaiso
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Port of Valparaiso

4/5(35 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Playa Ancha with a trip to Port of Valparaiso. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

Mirador Paseo Gervasoni
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Mirador Paseo Gervasoni

4/5(14 reviews)

Admire colonial-era mansions, browse artisan stalls and enjoy superb views over Valparaíso’s harbor from this picturesque hilltop street.

Open Air Museum of Valparaiso
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Open Air Museum of Valparaiso

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Wander the winding streets of Cerro Bellavista to discover an open-air art gallery with 20 murals created by renowned artists and university students.

Plaza Sotomayor
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Plaza Sotomayor

4/5(25 reviews)

Home to architectural masterpieces, national monuments and port buildings, this lively square marks the heart of Valparaíso’s historic center.

Plaza Victoria
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Plaza Victoria

5/5(1 review)

Visit this historic public square, which has an interesting collection of sculptures and is surrounded by colorful colonial-era buildings.  

Acapulco Beach
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Acapulco Beach

4/5(19 reviews)

Relax on the golden sand of this attractive city center beach, enjoy picturesque sunsets over the Pacific Ocean and stroll around pretty gardens.

Top things to do in Valparaiso

Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar
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Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar

$99
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Traditional City Sightseeing Tour
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Traditional City Sightseeing Tour

$62
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Viña del Mar and Valparaiso Full Day Tour
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Viña del Mar and Valparaiso Full Day Tour

$56
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Viña del Mar, Reñaca & Concón Half-Day Tour
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Viña del Mar, Reñaca & Concón Half-Day Tour

$62
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Coast Trip to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar from Santiago
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Coast Trip to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar from Santiago

$99
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Shore Excursion: Valpo in 1 day! Semi-private walking tour & public transport
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Shore Excursion: Valpo in 1 day! Semi-private walking tour & public transport

$60
Per adult

Reviews of Valparaiso

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 62%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 32%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4%
2 - Disappointing
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Great place to visit for 2-3 nights. There is crime, and poverty but the city is beautiful with a lot of character.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Walking up the endless steps to see the street art was well worth the effort.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 17, 2019

City is very different and eclectic. Walk for tips company is worthwhile.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 12, 2019

The riots do have an impact on the experience, but I felt safe throughout. It’s a beautiful city.

4/5 - Good

FrankCarmel

Sep 29, 2019

Loved and appreciated the quietness of Zero Hotel which afforded me chance to relax. Also, had thoughtful conversations with several of the other guests as well. Wonderful place for me to relax, read, meditate. Franklin J. Carmel

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 14, 2019

The local culture had a lot of personality. Our Spanish is not the best but we were able to communicate with the local. All of the restaurants were fabulous.

Cities near Valparaiso

Paseo Gervasoni featuring outdoor art

Cerro Alegre

Valparaiso which includes a city

Playa Ancha