The colorful city streets of Valparaíso have plenty to keep you occupied, but an additional draw is that they also offer easy access to the Chilean countryside. Whether you want to explore by horse, on foot, or by bike, here are some suggestions for getting a taste of local life beyond the city.
Horseback riding adventures ranging from a few hours to a full week offer travelers an up-close experience of the Chilean countryside. Tours generally include transport from Valparaíso to the ranch and gentle treks through mountains and valleys. Some also offer extended time at the ranches to give visitors a taste of the cowboy lifestyle.
Charles Darwin famously summited Cerro la Campana, in La Campana National Park, around an hour east of Valparaíso, during the second voyage of the HMS Beagle. Guided park tours from Valparaíso share more details about the park’s history, flora, and fauna as you climb 6,170 feet (1,880 meters) to the top.
Tours to Chilean wine country let visitors experience rural Chile while tasting some of the country’s well-regarded wines. Travelers can venture into the rolling hills of the Casablanca Valley and sip wine while touring the vineyards and learning about the wine-making process. Active travelers who want to explore the countryside at a leisurely pace can book a bike tour and pedal around the vineyards.
A private or group day tour to Isla Negra, Algarrobo, Tunquén, and Quintay offers a breezy escape from the big city. You can tour one of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s homes, check out yacht clubs, photograph penguins, and stroll along a beach, all without the hassle of driving.