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.