Valparaiso is world renowned for it’s colourful houses amongst the hill tops. There is always something new to discover weather you have been here for 5 days or 5 years. But why wait? On this full day our local experts not only show you all the coolest and most important stops. They will also take you a walk through time and history giving you insight into the culture of Valparaiso. You will ride a 100 year old funicular, learn about Chileans favourite food and find out which Valpo street dog is called David Bowie. We take a break and show you an awesome place to get some food like the Chileans do ! Then we take a personal tour around the heritage site spots that will help you find your feet while losing your mind! You will learn about president Salvador Allende, the competition for the oldest bar in the port (cheers to that) and Chile’s native Mapuche indigenous people. Discover all of this while strolling through the Graffiti filled walls of Valparaiso.
Why take THIS tour, Why THIS tour with La Bicicleta Verde? Taking a wander with us is like hanging out with your older brothers cool friend, they know all the cool places in town! Find out where to eat, drink and party along with the little quirks of Valpo only a local would know. All this along with the town’s cultural, political, architectural and religious background. It’s impossible to discover Valpo by bus or vehicle, walking is the only way to see the hidden gems. We choose our guides on the basis of how much they love Valparaiso. If they convince us of this as well as making us laugh and feeling comfortable we know they can make you as passionate as Valpo as we are. If you aren’t convinced yet you can check us out on TripAdvisor, we have maaaad references!
Who should NOT take this tour? If you hate meeting new people or seeing controversial if not a little offensive art then you are in the wrong place completely. Now that you are in a bit of a smaller town we like to be more interactive and friendly. In our tours people get to know each other and learn each others stories. If you are a more traditional type that likes a bright white clean house then you may not like Valpo. All the houses here look like they have been sprinkled on by a concoction of colour and art.
- Start Time9:30am
- Finish Time5:30pm
- Meeting LocationTours meet at plaza Sotomayor. We are happy to do pickups which can be organised prior to your tour
- Price$135 USD per person, ask for discount with groups of over 4 people.
- Duration6 hours (excluding the time we take to break for lunch and re-energise)
- AvailabilityMust book 48 hours ahead to find a green guide just for you
- Start/FinishPlaza Sotomayor
- Distance12 km
- DifficultyMedium. Need to be careful on the rocky streets with your hips and knees
- What to BringOnly yourself and comfy clothes, maybe slap on some sunscreen!
Meet for your personal tour with your green guru guide at our Valparaiso office. Once we have all met one another we make our way to the port.
Spot the port, we discuss the “golden era” of the mid 19th century. Valpo played a huge role in trade, stock exchange and had Chile’s first public library. We discuss some of the most important buildings around the port before heading off to the centre of town together.
By now you will be raring to discover the winding cobbled streets. No better way to get there than the local bus which is older than your grandparents. By taking this we skip past the more commercial side of town heading towards the nitty and gritty of it all. You will see the difference when you disembark of the bus. The streets are bended and the bars and restaurants are plentiful. Your guide will tell you their favourite spot for notorious Valpo grub.
We continue up up up! You’re knees won’t be as strong as Valpo locals' who have experience in constantly walking on hills. So it’s time to take a somewhat safe but shaky ride on Valparaiso’s infamous funiculars (beginning with FUN for good reason).
Cerro Alegre, Concepcion
Together we will explore the wealthy hills of Cerro Alegre, Concepcion. You will discover bohemian hotels, 5 star restaurants and wild nightclubs. Valparaiso is build on a natural amphitheatre of 45 seaside hills connected by a maze-like system of side-streets and endless stairways. Lucky you have your guide to lead the way through these streets with jaw dropping views.
Here, with the backdrop of both Catholic and Protestant churches we will discover how they came to be. Now there is mostly peace between the two churches, but your guide will tell you stories of the strange arguments in the past between the two religions.
Graffiti Rich Walls
Onwards we go to the poorer hills, but with lack of money comes an inflow of creativity visible on these even more boho hills. You will struggle to find a section of wall that isn’t covered in art. We will see weird and eclectic homes. You will begin to understand why, Pablo Neruda wrote that if we walked all Valparaiso’s stairs, we would make a trip around the world.
But not to worry we stop at one of our favourite locals house, he even has a delicious treat for us!
We began our descend through the winding alleys to go back to the flat area
We all have a break after such an exciting morning. We show you the locals favourite spots to grab traditional Chilean food. The guide will come and eat with you guys but please note the food is not included in the price of the tour. But we are flexible and will work to suit your needs and desires.
Dive into the forgotten treasures of Valparaiso golden era. Plaza Echaurren has lots of soul, along with poverty. Your guide will point out the best dive bar, just know that it gets a little crazy after sundown (your cue to leave).
Catch the O bus (pronounced OOOOOhhh bus). This roller coaster ride will take you up and through some 14 odd hills. Hills stricken by poverty, but rich in history, street art, political organization and pride. This bus ride takes the same route made famous by Che Guevara’s arrival to Valparaiso in the film “The Motorcycle Diaries”.
Ex Carcel Cultural Centre
Standing 800 meters over sea level, you will see why Valparaiso is a real life post card. We hope for your sake your camera doesn’t run out of battery here. Learn how the immigrants built this city up to the Camino Cintura before we head back down into the oldest standing jail in Chile. The descent gives us views of the bay and neighboring cities of Viña del Mar, Reñaca and Con Con.
We unravel how this cultural park was once the powder house for explosives, before becoming a 100 year old jail house. We should mention it was used to torture and kill political prisoners during the dictatorship. Do the names Pablo Neruda, Augusto Pinochet and Salvador Allende ring a bell? This tour explains their importance in Chile and tie to Valparaiso. Up next former prison house, present cultural center, Parque Cultural Ex-Carcel.
Discover The Street Art Movement of Valpo
See Valparaiso’s wealthier hills as we walk alongside the oldest Protestant cemetery in Latin America. Discover the best graffiti of the city. We show you how local street artists make fun of the pope, Starbucks, Pinochet’s capitalistic model and McDonald’s through their controversial art. If you are easily offended, this tour might not be for you (this city either).
Our tour ends in a century old palace where we enjoy a local cocktail. You’re now ready to explore the city on your own. This is not your typical boring dates and old dead-men tour. Our guides are going to show you the heart and soul of the Valparaiso. A perfect way to discover Chile's Golden Jewel for you culture seekers.
- Brooklynite718: We had three great, energetic guides leading our group - ready to answer any question that came up along the way...
- Ted G: This was a must. I never would have discovered the art in this town without them. Our guide Camillo was out of this world...
- Elma S: I highly recommend to join this walking tour since it's the best way to see Valparaiso through eyes of locals...
- Sissel2012: The guide was so knowledgeable and well-spoken, and besides of that really helpful since we were traveling with 3 children...