Valparaíso and Viña del Mar: These two cities are close to the city of Santiago, Chile.Therefore, they have become one of the mandatory tours for anyone traveling to Chile.But what to do in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar and how to organize your itinerary.
The first question that needs to be resolved is whether you are going to Valparaíso and Viña del Mar on your own or through a tour.Each option has its pros and cons.
Those who travel to these cities on their own have greater freedom to fill the day and take whatever tours they want.You can even choose to stay at least one night in Valparaíso, which will allow you to discover everything in more time and in greater depth.
On the other hand, you need to organize yourself to visit Valparaíso and Vinã del The sea is straight, and to visit the essential sights, you may need to travel several times.
For convenience, we ended up preferring to take a guided tour.You know those days when you just want to get in a van and be taken to the places you want to know?Well, that’s what we wanted that day.
Check out below how the tour works and what to do in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, whether you go there for a tour or for
What to do in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar – Chile
See the main tourist attractions and the differences between the guided tour and going on your own
If you have already taken another tour in Chile, such as the Cajón del Maipo and Embalse el Yeso, it is very likely that you will get a discount when paying the price of this second tour.
So if you choose an agency in Santiago de Chile, you may be able to get discounts if you have more than one tour with the same company.
How to go to Valparaíso on your own
The traveler who is going to visit Valparaíso on his own needs to take a bus at the bus terminalbus Alameda de Santiago (Terminal de Buses Sur), which is next to the Universidad de Santiago station.Be careful not to confuse it with the Universidad Catolica station, which is in the center.
From there, you can take the Turbus or Condor buses.There are several daily departures and the price of the ticket varies from CLP 2,000.00 to CLP 2,700.00 each way.That is, it will be around CLP 5,000.00 round trip.Also consider the cost of the subway that connects the cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.
The bus trip takes about 2 hours.
When you arrive at either from the cities (you can choose to start the day in Valparaíso or Viña del Mar), the journey can be done on foot (prepare for the slopes in Valparaíso) or by public transport.
Close a tour to Valparaíso and Viña del Mar
For those looking for a little more comfort, the solution is to hire a tour that will pick you up at your hotel door and take you to the main tourist attractions.
In general, I don’t like these tours very much, as we have our own pace and a little longer because of the blog.The initial pinga pinga to pick up all guests and some stops and time at each place may be different than what you would do if you were on your own.Therefore, each option has its pros and cons that need to be considered.
If you choose the guided tour, it’s a bit obvious but it’s always important to remember.Research the agency well, as a bad company can totally ruin your day.
Tip:If you can, book day trips from Santiago with advance.TourGo is available in Portuguese and Viagens Cine readers receive a special discount.
What to do in Valparaíso – Chile
The origin and history of Valparaíso has always been linked to its port activity.At its foundation, Valparaíso was considered the natural port of entry for those heading to Santiago.Santiago was founded in 1541 and Valparaíso in 1544. Even today, the port of Valparaíso is the main port in Chile.
To occupy its narrow strip of land, the many people who began to move there were forced to occupy the hills.And diversity is one of the characteristics of its population, attracting different nationalities.
The many hills (43 in total) are accessed by the famous funicular elevators, which have become one of Valparaíso’s main tourist attractions.It is practically mandatory to ride at least one of these funiculars.Two of the most famous hills are Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción.These places are full of squares, staircases, alleys and beautiful viewpoints to the sea.
The conservation of the elevators and the authenticity maintained in this and other characteristics of this city, such as the architecture, have made the city was considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.Valparaíso attracts many artists, musicians and writers (Pablo Neruda was one of its most famous residents).Walking through the streets (and hills) of the city is like visiting this open-air museum.
1 – La Sebastiana
Our tour started with this stop at one of Neruda’s houses.The writer left three residences that have also become three important tourist attractions in Chile.
Pablo Neruda moved to Valparaíso, tired of life in Santiago, and took over Casa La Sebastiana.
“I feel the tiredness of Santiago.I want to have a house in Valparaíso to live and write in peace.Tiene that pose some conditions.I could not be ni muy upriba ni muy abajo.It must be lonely, but not in excess.Vecinos, ojala invisibles.No deben verse ni escucharse.Original, but not uncomfortable.Very winged, but firm.Ni muy grande ni muy chica.Reads from all over but about the movilización.Independent, but with close trade.It also has to be very cheap Do you think you can find a house like this in Valparaíso?”
The house you find was built by Sebastián Collado, who died in 1949.With a privileged view of the city and with windows that would become skylights on a boat (one of the references to the essence of the port of Valparaíso).Renovation of the house was completed in 1961 and he lived there until his death in 1973. Shortly after the military coup, the house was looted and only recovered in 1991.
Entrance costs CLP 7,000.00 and includes an audio guide.It is not possible to take pictures inside the building.For those who don’t want to go inside, there’s a nice open square with a beautiful view of the city of Valparaíso.
Read more: Neruda’s Houses at Coisos on the Go
2 – National Maritime Museum and Paseo 21 de Mayo
After Casa Museo La Sebastiana, we return to the van and descend to our next stop.On the way, you’ll want to make several stops to photograph the various graffiti, alleys and buildings that you can see along the way.
Because of this, next time we’ll definitely stay in Valparaíso to get to know it better. the city.
But walking through it really gives you a great idea of the charms of the city.One of the details is that walking through its streets doesn’t seem so pleasant in some places.It’s all very old, gray and in some places, it even seems unsafe.In others, the graffiti and its beautiful colors bring the place to life.
But we disembarked in front of the Ascensor Artilleria, which is opposite the National Maritime Museum.Due to lack of time, we didn’t go inside the museum, and the time was really short to take some pictures of the Paseo 21 de Mayo, with another beautiful view of the city in front of a charming bandstand.
Na In a hurry, I forgot to photograph the place.
3 – Cerro Artilleria
This was our moment to enjoy a short ride on the funicular.It is worth walking up Rua Carampangue to see some more paintings and the scenery of the colorful houses on the hills, typical of Valparaíso.
Again, very quick stop and we already had to go up the funicular and return to the van.We were the last to arrive, but my desire was to explore even more the slopes and graffiti in the region.For me, this part of the murals was not well explored on this tour.The two most important hills, Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción, we ended up not seeing.
4 – Praça Sotomayor and Port of Valparaíso
Our next and last stop in Valparaíso was the longest.The surroundings are not very pleasant to walk around, but we found some interesting paintings.I think it would be safer to have stayed only in the square and in the port itself.
5 – Walking Tour of Graffiti
Although we didn’t take this tour, we highly recommend taking a walking tour and learn more about Valparaíso’s famous street art.The girls from Vida sem Paredes recommend the 4 Tips Tour, which departs daily from Praça Sotomayor at 10 am.
The walk lasts about 3 hours and includes many slopes (some of which are made on public transport).The price is set by the tourist, being a voluntary contribution, as in other free walking tours around the world.
Read more: Valparaíso, the Color City of Chile in Life without Walls
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What to do in Viña del Mar, Chile
The landscape changes dramatically in Viña del Mar.If Valparaíso is full of slopes and overlooking the sea, Viña del Mar is flat but also has the sea as a reference.If Valparaíso is old and a little dirty, Viña del Mar is modern and absolutely impeccable.
The truth is that this city seemed much nicer to walk around than Valparaíso (although I was to explore more of the graffiti from the previous one).
The waterfront with several palm trees, the castles scattered around the city and even the Casino create a destination beyond charming that is worth visiting.
1 – Castillo del Mar
After going up and down from Valparaíso, people were already starving and our next stop was for lunch.
The restaurant chosen by the agency it was Castillo del Mar.
The restaurant is very beautiful, located in a 19th century castle overlooking the sea.After lunch, the guide gave us some free time to wander around the surroundings, which are beautiful.
2 – Castillo Wulff
The Castillo Wulff is one of the postcards of Viña del Mar.The place started with a chalet, built in 1908 by a German businessman, Gustavo Wulff.Eight years later, the businessman transformed the building into a castle, making successive additions.
The view from one of the towers is one of the most unforgettable views of Viña del Mar.
Near the Castillo, keep an eye out for the beautiful sea, the rock formations and the animals found in the surroundings.The nature and scenery of the castle form a unique landscape.
3 – Viña del Mar Municipal Casino
Construction of the Casino de Viña del Mar began in 1930 and ended nine months later, with the Chile’s first gaming house.
The building is characterized by its imposing entrance, with Ionic columns and beautiful gardens.Beautiful seaside promenades, the Cassino Bridge, tall palm trees and beautiful seaside buildings create a pleasant stroll through the resort.
Again, time was short and we didn’t have time to enter the casino.
4 – Flower Clock
The Flower Clock is one of the main symbols of one of the city’s titles.Viña del Mar is also known as the Garden City.
One of the interesting facts about the clock’s mechanism is that its last replacement provides for an operating period of over 200 years.Another curiosity is that the flowers have to remain at a maximum height of 10 cm, so that the hands keep turning.The flowers are changed every three months.
The result is a beautiful flower clock.Nobody can resist a photo with him, so prepare to compete with a bunch of tourists to win his registration.But you don’t even have to take it close.We got away from the crowd a bit and also managed to take a nice picture of the place.
Right in front of the Flower Clock is Playa Caleta Abarca.
5 – Playa Los Canones
Our next stop was Los Canones Beach, a very long beach with a beautiful boardwalk.
We also had a good time there to relax beach atmosphere, have an ice cream and walk a little along the delicious boardwalk.As the tour includes many stops and the time is short, it was not possible to enter the museum.
The heritage of the Museo Fonck, created in 1937, stands out for objects from cultures from Chile, Peru and Ecuador. .One of the biggest highlights, however, is the collection of more than 1,400 archaeological pieces from Easter Island, the most complete display of Rapa Nui culture in mainland Chile.
The main attraction, which can be known even to those who do not enter the museum, it is a Moai brought directly from the island to the museum in 1951.
In the end, the day trip to Valparaíso and Viña del Mar is a good option for those who have only 1 free day of travel to explore the region.Unfortunately, due to the large amount of things to visit, the tour is very busy.Therefore, the ideal would be to book 1 or 2 nights (either in Valparaíso or Viña del Mar) to explore with more time all that the two neighboring cities have to offer.
Read more more:
What to do in Chile: Travel Guide
Tour:Valparaíso and Viña del Mar
Direction: 120 km from Santiago, Chile
Price:CLP 25,000.00 per person (ref. May/2018)
Duration: 7h30 at 6:00 pm, the team picks up passengers from the hotel
The best:Viña del Mar is a delightful city for a stroll by the sea, especially on sunny days
The worst: Unfortunately, the tour ended up not revealing much about street graffiti art, which was our main interest when visiting Valparaíso
Unmissable Tours in Santiago
- Cajón delMaipo and Embalse el Yeso
- Viña del Mar and Valparaíso
- Valle Nevado and Farellones (winter)
- Portillo (winter)
- Sunset Valle Nevado and Farellones (summer)
- Vinícola Concha y Toro
Tip:If you can, book the day trips from Santiago with advance.The TourGo agency has service in Portuguese and works only with Brazilian clients.Viagens Cine readers receive a special discount.
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