Rely on Karen Catchpole and Eric Mohl City Travel Guide to Valparaiso, Chile for insider travel tips about what to do, where to sleep, and where to eat in this historic port town.
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“Valparaíso, what an absurdity you are, how crazy: a crazy port. What a head of disheveled hills, that you never finished combing. Never did you have time to dress yourself, and always you were surprised by life.” – Pablo Neruda
The ‘Jewel of the Pacific’, the bustling hillside port of Valparaíso is a museum of world-class street art and has served as home to artists among the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Valparaíso, Chile is unlike anywhere else in the world. This seaside port city found it way through a turbulent history to become the art capital of Chile today.
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Space Goth Mermaid is the theme of the day… because I’m in colorful Valparaíso, Chile!
“Valpo” is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and boasts some of the best street art in the world. This hip, rainbow-covered city is only a 1.5 hour drive from Santiago — making it a perfect day trip during my LATAM Airlines adventure in South America..
If you’re an art and culture seeker, you will adore Valparaiso’s vibe. Artists from around the world flock to this Chilean port city, to add their works to this open canvas.
Walking around, you’ll come across wall-sized murals, graffiti, found art, 3D installations… sky’s the limit, when it comes to creativity in Valpo.
Santiago is a popular hub for LATAM’s many domestic and international flights. If you’re in the capital of Chile, I urge you to take a day to explore the nearby Valparaiso. It’s an inspiring place to walk around, find unexpected art (some of it with political themes), and take a million photos.
“Valparaiso, how absurd you are…you haven’t combed your hair, you’ve never had time to get dressed, life has always surprised you”. – Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)
One of the most famous Chilean poets of all time, Pablo Neruda spent a big part of his life living in the winding hills of Valparaiso at his house called La Sebastiana. Perched up high above city, La Sebastiana afforded Neruda sweeping views of the sea and bustling world below which inspired Neruda with much of his great work. Located in the neighborhood of Cerro Bellavista, an area favored by artists and writers, La Sebastiana (which is now a museum) is just one reason why Cerro Bellavista is worth a visit.
Cerro Bellavista is also home to a large, fascinating collection of street art including the Museo a Cielo Abierto, a labyrinth collection of outdoor murals painted in the 1990s by various Latin American artists with the goal of reinventing the neighborhood.
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Referred to as the “valley of paradise,” Valparaiso represents just that. This Chilean port city is a popular stop for cruises, especially those traveling the coast of the Pacific and into the Panama Canal. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003 and since then, it’s become even trendier and more bohemian than before. Street art dominates the city, which is present in almost every street corner, including the famed funiculars. As your cruise ship docks for your day trip to Valparaiso, check out these must do activities.
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Check out the Street Art
During your day trip to Valparaiso, or Valpo to locals, make sure to scout some of the best graffiti art anywhere in the world. This port town is well-known for striking murals.
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The Chilean city is one of the most striking urban spaces on the planet.
As in many hilly towns, I was told while walking around Valparaíso that the women of Valparaíso were famous for their great gams.
“It’s all the climbing,” the woman who was showing me around town said, with a broad smile and eyes sparkling just enough to let me know she was half kidding, but only half.
From what I could tell, the men’s weren’t bad, either.
I was in town for Halloween, so my sparkle-eyed host, a transplanted American who’d married a Chilean man, took me to a house party.
There were people sprinkled about the place, but what kitchens are to Canadian house parties, terraces are to the people of Valparaíso.
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Valparaíso is a vibrant port city with a rich history and interesting areas to explore.
The city is a kaleidoscope of color; brightly painted houses clinging to the hillsides like the sides of a trowel with the city’s busy port at its tip. Valparaíso is Chile’s second largest metropolitan area after Santiago and one of the South Pacific’s most important seaports.
Upscape tour guide Manuel Garcia wants me to have this view before we start to explore neighborhoods and the historic quarter designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. As I take in the breathtaking view, Manuel explains that during the second half of the 19th century, the city served as a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by crossing the Straits of Magellan.
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A wildfire has ravaged woods and burned 100 homes in the hilly Chilean port city of Valparaiso, where authorities evacuated hundreds of people on Monday.
At least 19 people were reported hurt after the fire broke out on the outskirts of the historic port city, the government said.
Television pictures showed thick grey smoke filling the streets in the Laguna Verde district, where the blaze struck, and flames devouring green hillsides.
Hundreds of firefighters along with water-dumping airplanes and helicopters were battling the blaze, officials said.
“Emergency protocol have been activated,” the country’s President Michelle Bachelet said on Twitter. She expressed “solidarity with the people affected.”
The flames had “damaged 100 homes in an area where there are 500,” deputy interior minister Mahmud Aleuy told a news conference late Monday.