Valparaiso Chile on a Budget!
While visiting Chile you cannot miss out on colourful coastal town of Valparaiso! Travelling to Valparaiso from Santiago, is simple and easy. The bus from Santiago to Valparaiso leaves from the bus terminal located at Pajaritos Metro Station with three companies every 15 mins (Tur-Bus/Pullman Bus/Condor Bus).
If you’ve just arrived in Valparaiso and want a great informative introduction to the city, La Bicicleta Verde’s sister company Tours4Tips offer Free Walking Tours everyday in Valparaiso, the same route runs twice a day – in the morning at 10am and in the afternoon at 3pm. The tours work on the basis of tips, and it is entirely up to you what you give to the guide at the end of the tour.
The Free Walking Tour features Valparaiso’s highlights – the main plaza, the port, and the famous hills Cerro Alegre, Cerro Concepcion and Cerro Bellavista. The meeting point is in Plaza Sotomayor – the naval heart of the city with the main focal point being the monument honouring Chilean sailors who lost their lives in the Battle of Iquique in 1879.
One of the first things you’ll notice about Valparaiso is that the hills (cerros) are what characterize this fascinating town. With their winding streets, tall flights of stairs and panoramic views, you won’t be disappointed.The Unesco World Heritage Sight Hills Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepcion have a great variety of graffiti and murals, grande houses and a selection of restaurants, some offering terraces with magnificent views over the port.
Valparaiso Street Art is a striking feature of the city and often captures the visitor’s eye. The Tours 4 Tips free walking tour is a great way to learn about Valparaiso’s grafitti and the art that Valparaiso has to offer
On Cerro Alegre you will find the grand art nouveau mansion which is the Fine Arts Museum also known as ‘Palacio Baburizza’, which houses the paintings and sculptures of great artists from the 19th century. Elevated and overlooking the city and harbour, it is a great museum with a viewIf you had the chance to visit La Chascona in Santiago, you must visit La Sebastiana – Pablo Neruda’s beautiful Valparaíso house located in Cerro Bellavista. Take a journey into the past and walk through the five floors that it has to offer, discovering the life of this great poet. Purposely set high up in the hills of the city, it has magnificent views of the surrounding ocean, something that was dear to him.