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

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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


4 star rating: Recommended
December 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.

Dylan H

4 star rating: Recommended
October 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.

Roy M

4 star rating: Recommended
August 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.

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.

Denise R

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2013

Loved the tour which really helped me understand the history and beauty of Valparaiso. The guide and driver were most kind, the lunch delicious and we were amazed by the neighborhoods of the city. On the negative side, it was terribly expensive for the two of us since no one else signed up. I hated paying around $150 extra for the 2 of us. Also, the harbor cruise was lovely but the narration was only in Spanish with no English.

Linda W Canada

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 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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3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2016

God but not great.

Catherine G

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2015

This tour certainly kept us busy! From a car ride very comfortable, Sebastien was a great driver to a trolley ride paid for by our guide, to a boat ride again, arranged by the guide to coffee guide, to a funicular ride and then a tour of the Valparaiso hills and a stop at Neruda's house. The guide was extremely knowledgeable.

David R

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
September 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.

Melinda B

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
June 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.

Sara B

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
November 2015

To start, the confirmation email said 9:30, but the tour operator arrived at 9am, causing us to have to rush through breakfast which was important to eat for a full day tour!. They stopped at a little gas station halfway for us to relieve ourselves, as well as a wine outlet on the way to Valparaiso--both good additions. However, we spent pretty much all day staring at the facades of buildings--I'm a history person, and I found it disorganized and poorly executed. The harbor cruise was nice we saw several sea lions!. We didn't eat lunch until 5pm and not at the restaurant specified in the description, and completely missed the beer portion. Valparaiso seemed like a lovely place, but we were not thrilled with this tour. Felt absolutely haphazard and like I didn't come away actually learning much about the city--just endlessly staring at buildings from 1890 to 1920. Wished we could have at least gone INTO one of the buildings--but seriously, the furthest we went was to stand in bank and hotel lobbies and stare at architecture. The day also stretched much longer than expected--the ten hour tour went from 9am to 8pm. Not our favorite tour.

Carole F

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
October 2014

We were very disappointed with our tour experience. The trip from Santiago to Valparaiso was a boring long trip along a highway with a stop at a barn-size commercial winery along the way with no cultural value at all. The heritage-listed area of Valparaiso was gorgeous, but frankly we would have enjoyed it more without our guide. The commentary was banal, and we were treated like children. Our guide was an ex-teacher and we can only presume she was a primary teacher. We did not consider it good value for money - US$300 each, with a cheapo lunch at a zero atmosphere establishment. The harbour cruise was incredibly disappointing - just a short circuit around what was essentially an industrial port. To others I'd say: save your money, buy a decent local map, and wander around Valparaiso by yourself.

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