The historic quarter of Valparaíso, by night, Chile
Vacations to Valparaíso, Chile
The port city of Valparaíso has a tumultuous history. In the 19th century, it thrived as a wealthy port but was plunged into a desperately poor existence after the completion of the Panama Canal when the trade route changed, only to re-emerge in recent years as one of the trendiest destinations on the Chilean coast.
It’s a city built on steep hills and while exploring Valparaíso is tiring, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views from almost anywhere. You’ll marvel at how some of the buildings are precariously constructed to cling on to hillsides with their jolly paintwork as jaunty as the angles they’re built on. Some of the buildings are a little crumbly, but you’ll be visiting Valparaíso at a time where it’s an exciting work-in-progress, re-establishing itself to once again be a Chilean gem, albeit an unpolished one.
The art scene is incredible and you’ll stumble upon it everywhere – it’s certainly not restrained to the abundant galleries. Valparaíso’s streets and numerous funiculars, or ascensores, have become outdoor galleries making it one of the most vibrant and colorful cities in South America, covered with unique street art and murals at every turn.
Excellent restaurants and hotels are springing up all over town and there’s no shortage of opportunities to try delicious local dishes to wash down with a glass of Chilean wine. Coffee shops, book shops and boutiques are plentiful for days when just soaking up the vibrancy of this city is enough, and of course, drinking in those views at every opportunity.
Valparaíso trip ideas
Here are some trip ideas to Valparaíso. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 01483 319 333
Places to stay in Valparaíso
Here are some of our favourite accommodation options in Valparaíso. All of our hotels and lodges are hand-picked by our Travel Designers. Need help deciding where to stay during your trip? Call our Travel Designers now and they’ll help you pick the best hotels suited to your needs: 01483 319 333