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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

What You Can Expect

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

Valparaiso, Chile

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.

Customer Reviews

Leah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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!!!

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Andrew B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

An excellent tour and enjoyable day out. Carol was so enthusiastic and shared so many interesting snippets of information. Valparaiso is a busy, gritty place on the surface but with such a skilful guide, we saw the art, culture and history, as well as experiencing some of the life of the city. It was a long drive but Rodrigo cruised us there smoothly.

Annette O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We had a wonderful day in Valparaiso with our guide Roberto and driver Miguel and would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to explore Valparaiso like a local, walking the tiny alleys, riding the elevators and trolley buses, boating in an open boat and eating the local dishes.

Allen F. A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is the perfect way to see Valparaiso when the focus of your trip is elsewhere in Chile. It is a delightful city, not to be missed, and you feel that you have truly been exposed to it when the day trip is over. Our guide, Daniel, was just absolutely enjoyable personality. As well, he lived in Valparaiso in the past, so he does, indeed, know the city. It was a well planned and well executed trip. I know that you will be pleased, as well.

Sharon O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

A great full day tour. Interesting city, and history. A great personable guide, eating what the locals eat with the locals . Really enjoyed it. Great start to our holiday.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The tour delivers exactly what it says: spending a day in Valparaiso like a local (albeit one who had a day off and was determined to remind themselves of everything that Valparaiso had to offer). Our guide, who arrived at our hotel in Santiago promptly, was a very personable and knowledgeable young philosophy teacher, acting as a tour guide in his spare time. On the way to Valparaiso we stopped to sample some sweet local pastries at a road-side café and then some interesting wine at a bodega in the Casablanca valley (and no-one said:"..of all the bodegas in all the valleys in all the world and you had to walk into mine"). In the city, we had an hour to visit the house that belonged to Pablo Neruda with its stunning views over the city and the harbour and its collection of quirky artefacts: the place reverberated with poetry. Then we toured the streets and alleyways on foot, taking in the English and German quarters, a funicular ride, a stop at what could only be described as a confectionery speak-easy (our guide knocked a door and a woman appeared bearing dulce de leche sandwich cakes) and then another stop at a cool local café for refreshing fruit smoothies. Back in the lower part of the city, we took a tram ride, then strolled back through the streets and squares to an excellent retro restaurant, reminiscent of 1950s Paris with its long bar and sepia décor, for lunch, preceded, inevitably, by pisco sours. Then it was back on another rickety funicular and a wander through more of the colourful alleyways and cobbled back streets before a cruise around the harbour to take in the sweeping views of the city from the water. It was a long day but an immensely enjoyable and rewarding one.

Andrew N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Fantastic day Ricardo was informative and helpful. We would highly recommend this tour to others

Douglas C

4 star rating: Recommended November 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.

Stephen R

4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

Our guide Ceasar spoke excellent English. He was well informed and very pleasant.
The walking tour was interesting and the harbor tour gave good perspective of the hills of Valparaiso.
Emma our driver was very competent.

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