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  • Location: Santiago, Chile
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Get to know Valparaiso like a local on this private tour from Santiago with a knowledgeable guide. Explore quaint alleys on foot, ride the elevators and trolleybus, sail through the bay, and taste delicious local dishes and drinks in this unique city – declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Enjoy views from Concepción Hill as you sip coffee at a café, dine on a classic dish of chorrillana for lunch, and sip artisan beer at a classic bar.


  • Full-day excursion to Valparaiso from Santiago with 3.5-hour walking tour
  • Experience the city like a local with a private guide!
  • Stroll through uptown avenues and downtown alleys
  • Ride the Ascensor Concepción funicular for hilltop views
  • Embark on a harbor tour of Valparaiso Bay
  • Enjoy a classic lunch at Jota Cruz Martínez Casino Social
  • Round-trip transport from Santiago included

What You Can Expect

Valparaiso Like a Local: Private Walking Tour with Harbor Cruise Including Transport from Santiago

Valparaiso, Chile

After a 2.5-hour drive with your guide from Santiago, enter Valparaiso through Avenida Argentina, one of the city’s main avenues famous for its weekend market full of fruits and vegetables for sale.

First, stop at Plaza Sotomayor, the main square, where your guide will point out important buildings such as the Chilean Navy headquarters. From here, take the El Peral elevator to the upper part of town where you will start your walking tour through the fascinating streets and alleyways.

Stroll along Paseo Yugoslavo, a promenade where the stunning Baburrisa Palace stands. Continue through the charming alleys until reaching the Bavestrello to see homes architecturally designed with three house fronts.

Take Ascensor Concepción, the city’s oldest elevator, a funicular
that climbs Cerro Concepción (Concepción Hill). From the top, admire the angled roofs and brightly colored iron facades of the buildings. Enjoy a cup of coffee at the classic Café Brighton, situated along the hillside promenades of Paseo Gervasoni and Paseo Atkinson, as you take in the view.

Then, ride back down to the financial district, which includes the oldest stock exchange in Latin America. Continue your walking tour through downtown streets until you reach Jota Cruz Martínez Casino Social to dine with the locals. Here, you’ll enjoy Valparaiso’s most traditional dish, the Chorrillana – french fries topped with fried onions, egg, steak and sausages.

After lunch, hop aboard the trolleybus, the second-oldest system in South America, for a ride towards the city port. Valparaiso’s most traditional form of transportation, still operating by electricity, helped the city attain UNESCO World Heritage status.

Upon reaching the port of Valparaiso, board one of several classic ships and tour around Valparaiso Bay for a unique perspective of the city. Your guide will point out landmarks as well as a sea lion colony – one of many that inhabit Chilean waters.

Back on shore, enter the port’s most iconic bar and try an artisan-brewed beer or coffee before returning to Santiago with your guide.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is the perfect way to see Valparaiso when the focus of your trip is elsewhere in Chile. It is a delightful city, not to be missed, and you feel that you have truly been exposed to it when the day trip is over. Our guide, Daniel, was just wonderful...an absolutely enjoyable personality. As well, he lived in Valparaiso in the past, so he does, indeed, know the city. It was a well planned and well executed trip. I know that you will be pleased, as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

A great full day tour. Interesting city, and history. A great personable guide, eating what the locals eat with the locals . Really enjoyed it. Great start to our holiday.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The tour delivers exactly what it says: spending a day in Valparaiso like a local (albeit one who had a day off and was determined to remind themselves of everything that Valparaiso had to offer). Our guide, who arrived at our hotel in Santiago promptly, was a very personable and knowledgeable young philosophy teacher, acting as a tour guide in his spare time. On the way to Valparaiso we stopped to sample some sweet local pastries at a road-side café and then some interesting wine at a bodega in the Casablanca valley (and no-one said:"..of all the bodegas in all the valleys in all the world and you had to walk into mine"). In the city, we had an hour to visit the house that belonged to Pablo Neruda with its stunning views over the city and the harbour and its collection of quirky artefacts: the place reverberated with poetry. Then we toured the streets and alleyways on foot, taking in the English and German quarters, a funicular ride, a stop at what could only be described as a confectionery speak-easy (our guide knocked a door and a woman appeared bearing dulce de leche sandwich cakes) and then another stop at a cool local café for refreshing fruit smoothies. Back in the lower part of the city, we took a tram ride, then strolled back through the streets and squares to an excellent retro restaurant, reminiscent of 1950s Paris with its long bar and sepia décor, for lunch, preceded, inevitably, by pisco sours. Then it was back on another rickety funicular and a wander through more of the colourful alleyways and cobbled back streets before a cruise around the harbour to take in the sweeping views of the city from the water. It was a long day but an immensely enjoyable and rewarding one.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Fantastic day Ricardo was informative and helpful. We would highly recommend this tour to others

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

Loved the tour which really helped me understand the history and beauty of Valparaiso. The guide and driver were most kind, the lunch delicious and we were amazed by the neighborhoods of the city. On the negative side, it was terribly expensive for the two of us since no one else signed up. I hated paying around $150 extra for the 2 of us. Also, the harbor cruise was lovely but the narration was only in Spanish with no English.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2015

This tour certainly kept us busy! From a car ride very comfortable, Sebastien was a great driver to a trolley ride paid for by our guide, to a boat ride again, arranged by the guide to coffee guide, to a funicular ride and then a tour of the Valparaiso hills and a stop at Neruda's house. The guide was extremely knowledgeable.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this October 2014

We were very disappointed with our tour experience. The trip from Santiago to Valparaiso was a boring long trip along a highway with a stop at a barn-size commercial winery along the way with no cultural value at all. The heritage-listed area of Valparaiso was gorgeous, but frankly we would have enjoyed it more without our guide. The commentary was banal, and we were treated like children. Our guide was an ex-teacher and we can only presume she was a primary teacher. We did not consider it good value for money - US$300 each, with a cheapo lunch at a zero atmosphere establishment. The harbour cruise was incredibly disappointing - just a short circuit around what was essentially an industrial port. To others I'd say: save your money, buy a decent local map, and wander around Valparaiso by yourself.

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