Chile’s historic port town and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Colorful hills, a maze of staircases and a thriving street art scene.
Chile’s breathtaking coastline offers spectacular views of crashing waves, jagged landscapes, and smooth white sand beaches. Anchored by the affluent resort city Viña del Mar and the historic port of Valparaíso – declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural and cultural importance – a number of charming beach towns spread to the north and south. One must-see is Isla Negra, where Pablo Neruda’s former home looks out to sea and provides a snapshot into the life and mind of Chile’s most beloved poet. All along the coast, elegant homes and hotels are nestled into the hills, and a number of excellent restaurants serve some of the best seafood you’ll ever taste.
When to go
Recommended all year-round.
HOW TO ARRIVE
Driving from Santiago: approx. 1 hr 30 mins
Good to know
Language: Spanish Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP) Visas/fees: Travel to Chile does not require a visa for US/US/EU/CAN/AUS travelers. AUS citizens must pay a reciprocity fee.
Ready to go? Here’s what to pack
Pack for sunny days, chilly nights and a lot of walking. Valparaíso stretches across 42 hills, so exploring by foot can be quite a workout.
- Closed-toed, comfortable walking shoes (it’s a big city and there is lots to see!)
- Small backpacks or cross-bodied bags
- Heavier coat and boots for winter travel
- Sunblock (summer sun is strong)
Travel tunes: Playlists for Valparaíso
Where to stay: Overnight Recommendations
Tips from our Team
Valparaíso is a bit of a bohemian town and art-lover’s paradise, and as such you should adopt a bit of an open minded attitude during your visit. Walk through the streets and pay attention to the details – sometimes the murals are life-size, whereas other times the street art is much more subtle.