After hotel pickup, sit back and enjoy a scenic 2.5-hour drive in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Admire gorgeous ocean views as you enter Valparaiso through the busting Avenida Argentina, an ambient avenue home to the weekend fruit and vegetable market.
Stop at the social center of Plaza Sotomayor and direct your attention to prominent buildings such as the Chilean Navy Headquarters. Next, glide to the top of the town on the El Peral elevator and begin your enriching exploration of the meandering streets.
Stroll along the picturesque promenade of Paseo Yugosalvo; marvel at the fabulous façade of the Baburrisa Palace; and wander down streets lined with vibrant architectural eccentricities. Then, take the city’s oldest elevator to the serene summit of Cerro Concepcion, a vertiginous hill that offers stunning views of the surroundings. Sip a cup of aromatic coffee at the popular Café Brighton while absorbing the sublime sights.
Refreshed, ride back down to the financial district to discover the oldest stock exchange in Latin America, then continue your wander to a traditional tavern to enjoy one of Valparaiso’s most famous dishes. Treat your taste buds to the flavorsome and fulfilling chorrillana, a hearty meal of French fries topped with steak, onions and a fried egg.
Refueled, head the picturesque port of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city to tour the bay by boat. Cruise the curve of the coast as your guide points out legendary landmarks and even a wild colony of sea lions.
Return to shore and toast a refreshing beer or cup of coffee in the town’s most iconic bar before relaxing during the journey back to Santiago.