The picturesque town of Valparaiso. Perched on a steep hill, accessed by a number of rickety old funiculars, is a joy to wander around.
Valparaiso Street Art
We visited Valparaiso as a day trip from Santiago with the main purpose to see the street art. We took a bus from the main station in Santiago, the journey took us about 90 minutes, before we were dropped off in Valparaiso. The bus station is not very close to the main tourist center of town, so you will also need to take a short taxi.
We went up the Reina Victoria funicular and started our wanderings there. Val (as it is affectionately known by locals) is a town where it is best to wander around and enjoy. Ditch the map, and just explore the network of brightly coloured streets and alleys. Each turn will lead you to a new discovery.
We used up an entire camera battery in just a few hours of wandering through Val. There are several websites and tours which offer walking tours through the historic town, but I recommend giving yourself the freedom to make your own discoveries. One of our favourite discoveries came when we started following a series of small ants spray painted onto the sidewalk. After several blocks of following the ants we came to a lollipop shop whose logo was, you guessed it, an ant. We had to buy some sweets just because their little marketing strategy was so brilliant.
Tip: Wear layers. Even though it was super hot when we left Santiago, Valparaiso’s proximity to the ocean lent it a fairly cool breeze.
Tip: If you are traveling with kids ditch the pram. The steep streets are often marked by stairs, and we were happy to have the baby carrier with us.