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

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Experience the colorful coastal town of Valparaiso like a local on a fascinating full-day tour from Santiago. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, stroll through serpentine streets to discover historical and cultural highlights. Ride elevators to hilltops to enjoy panoramic ocean vistas; sample delicious local specialties like chorrillana in ambient eateries; and sip refreshing beer in some of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site’s best bars.
  • 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
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.
Itinerary
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Plaza Sotomayor
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Paseo Gervasoni
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Palacio Baburizza
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Navy Building
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Ascensor Concepcion
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Ascensor El Peral
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Paseo Yugoeslavo Ex Paseo Americano
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Vanessa was very personable and we...
podolskylaw
, Dec 2017
Vanessa was very personable and we enjoyed the day. She could have provided more information on the geology and history of the area. The day we were there the temperature varied considerably depending on where we were in Valparaiso so dress in layers.
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This was a great way to see things...
Dylan H
, Oct 2017
This was a great way to see things at your pace,especially in a city with soooo much to offer that to tailor your experience I believe would be key. Vanessa and Sergio looked after us well, and offered us some extra stops en-route to sample the local treats and wines just made for a very well rounded experience.
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The tour was good, interesting to...
Linda W
, Sep 2017
The tour was good, interesting to see the street art and the old town of Valparaiso. The tides were high that day so we were not able to take the harbour cruise but Rodrigo, the guide took us to Las Sebastiana, Pueblo Neruda's house on our request, which was fantastic. Our only issue is we did not stop to eat or drink until 4:30 on this all day tour, despite several requests. And the restaurant we did stop at was so old and basically served a plate of French fries with a little bit of sliced meat. I would recommend an earlier lunch and at a different place.
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Thanks to Cesare for his...
Roy M
, Aug 2017
Thanks to Cesare for his enthusiastic guidance into the delights of quirky Valparaso This is a city that is well worth a visit, being so very different to Santiago. It's history and colourful urban art was a great experience. We highly recommend this trip.
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Terrible value for money. For over...
Alex F
, May 2017
Terrible value for money. For over 250 each we got a ride back and forth to Valparaiso, a tramcar ride, lift ride, boat ride and a 10 lunch at an empty restaurant that not even the locals go to. The tour guide would say one nice thing about the city, followed by 3 or 4 negative comments. We learnt what he didn't like about the government, politicians, Chinese immigrants, industrial fishing, and more. As beautiful as the city is this experience was not pleasant at all and couldn't recommend it.
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Our guide was very enthusiastic and...
Douglas C
, Nov 2016
Our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We were picked up at our hotel on time and the tour was always on schedule. This is a great way to experience Valparaiso with a local flavor. We would highly recommend this tour.
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Not what we were expecting. The...
David R
, Sep 2016
Not what we were expecting. The highlights of Valparaiso only came at the end after we insisted on what we wanted to see - the art, culture, etc. A walking tour of the markets and the trolley bus ride can be taken anywhere. The lunch was not much - in fact we would happily take 10 minutes to grab a snack to eat as we walked to give more time to see some of the artwork and special sights that make Valparaiso the city that it is. The harbour cruise was a waste of an hour.
star-5
The tour was wonderful, we had a...
Leah B
, Jun 2016
The tour was wonderful, we had a great time walking through the city and our guide was fantastic. She was very helpful and informative. We would highly recommend this trip!!!
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I would not really recommend this...
Melinda B
, Jun 2016
I would not really recommend this tour. Our tour guide and driver were fantastic and did a great job looking after us but I just didn't like the township of Valparaiso. It is fully of graffiti, it's not a particularly attractive place to visit and there are better places to enjoy in Santiago.
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Valparaiso is a must see from...
John G
, May 2016
Valparaiso is a must see from Santiago. Our guide and tour were excellent. This was my second day trip to Valparaiso and was far better than previous. We spent the whole day walking the streets and cruising the harbour. The harbour cruise was an entertainment in itself.

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