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How to Spend 1 Day in Valparaíso

How to Spend 1 Day in Valparaíso

Thanks to its colorful and cosmopolitan nature, travelers, artists, poets, and bohemians have long been drawn to the Chilean port city of Valparaíso. From unique architecture to lively nightlife, here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in the city.

Morning: Explore the City

Kickstart your time in Valparaíso on a walking or bus tour that reveals the history and culture of the city. Tours are a great way to cover more sights in less time, and also provide the opportunity to ask plenty of questions; plus, many include the quintessential Valpo experience of riding a famed funicular. If you’d prefer to hone in on a particular aspect of the city—such as architecture, food, or fashion—opt for a private, custom tour.  

Afternoon: Discover La Sebastiana

The Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda had a home in Valparaíso. Named La Sebastiana, Neruda’s house-turned-museum sits at the top of Cerro Bellavista and offers panoramic views of the city and harbor below. Buy your admission ticket online in order to skip the line and explore the house at your own pace—it’s filled with memorabilia collected by Neruda on his many travels. The walk up to La Sebastiana is a treat in itself; it takes you through rambling streets and past works by local street artists.

Night: Check Out the Nightlife

Because of its large population of students, artists, and other bohemians, it comes as no surprise that Valparaíso has a vibrant nightlife. While Chile is best-known as the home of pisco sour cocktails, you can sample brews created by local bartenders on a bar-hopping tour that introduces you to the city’s burgeoning craft brew scene. Alternatively, enjoy an entirely different type of evening on an astronomy tour. Tours typically take travelers to La Campana Ocoa National Park to view stars and planets through powerful telescopes.

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Private Historical Walking Tour in Valparaíso

Private Historical Walking Tour in Valparaíso

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This tour summarizes the history of the city from the time of the original peoples, the Spanish, English, French, German, Croatian heritage that together with the ancient sites allow us to understand this charming port city with heritage areas declared by UNESCO. We will take you to the iconic places in the city where you will enjoy the local culture and a charming atmosphere. We will visit viewpoints where you can take wonderful views of the city to carry a pleasant memory.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 31.09
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Half-Day Valparaiso City Highlights Tour

Half-Day Valparaiso City Highlights Tour

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Sample the many sensory delights of colorful Valparaiso during this 4-hour sightseeing trip. Marvel at the multi-colored houses and historic architecture of this Chilean port and UNESCO World Heritage site, discovering landmarks like the Plaza Sotomayor and the charming neighborhoods of Cerro Concepción and Cerro Alegre. You’ll also learn about famous residents like poet Pablo Neruda and ride aboard one of the city’s historic funiculars. A guide and round-trip transport from select Valparaiso and Viña del Mar hotels is also included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$ 54.00
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US$ 54.00
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Private Tour: Valparaiso City Walking Tour

Private Tour: Valparaiso City Walking Tour

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Experience the color and charisma of Valparaiso’s vibrant streets on a private 3-hour walking tour. Alongside your guide, you’ll visit the prominent landmarks and artistic treasures of the UNESCO-listed Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaiso. Ascend to a vertiginous vantage point on Acensor Reina Victoria and enjoy panoramic city vistas as you delve into Valparaiso’s rich history and culture with your guide. From Cerro Concepcion, see the dramatic silhouette of Barburizza Palace and absorb the ambient charm of Plaza Sotomayor. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$ 94.66
Price varies by group size
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Price varies by group size
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Astronomy experience near Valparaiso

Astronomy experience near Valparaiso

From the city we move to a comfortable, quiet place and dark overcoat. We will know the celestial vault and its show of stars, planets, nebulae, among others. We will record with a photograph everything we observe and feel ... A unique and memorable astroexperience! The Bellotal is a sector that has a microclimate with sclerophyllous forest and where El belloto del norte is the main actor. It is far from the city, therefore the light pollution is very low, a perfect condition to take advantage of the benefits of the night sky. An experience that will show us the fun science of astronomy and where we will put into practice what we have learned by observing the universe with telescopes.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 20.52
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Valparaiso in the Eye of an Architect , Real Experience Tour

Valparaiso in the Eye of an Architect , Real Experience Tour

Architecture and art fans won’t want to miss this unique Valparaíso tour, during which you’ll see popular Valparaíso in a new light. Thanks to the insight of your architect tour guide, learn more about the city’s interesting architecture than most other travelers, while honing your sketching skills and getting acquainted with the public transport system.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 76.29
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