Referred to as the “valley of paradise,” Valparaiso represents just that. This Chilean port city is a popular stop for cruises, especially those traveling the coast of the Pacific and into the Panama Canal. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003 and since then, it’s become even trendier and more bohemian than before. Street art dominates the city, which is present in almost every street corner, including the famed funiculars. As your cruise ship docks for your day trip to Valparaiso, check out these must do activities.
Day Trip to Valparaiso: What to Do Once the Ship Docks
Check out the Street Art
During your day trip to Valparaiso, or Valpo to locals, make sure to scout some of the best graffiti art anywhere in the world. This port town is well-known for striking murals featuring social and political themes. Check out Templeman Street on Cerro Alegre or view a more formal compilation at the Museo a Cielo Abierto, an open-air museum located in Cerro Bellavista where you can view rotating works of both local and international artists.
Ride a Funicular
There’s no better way to view this colorful city built around hills than from neighborhood pinnacles. You can either walk, take a bus or ride one of Valparaiso’s many funiculars. It’s not exactly the most efficient way to get around the city, but the views from the ride up or down are unique in itself. Some of the cars are also colorfully painted, giving visitors a sampling of the graffiti art Valpo is known for. Experience Ascensor Concepción, the city’s oldest funicular or the Ascensor Artillería where you can get incredible views of the bustling port below.
Visit La Sebastiana
On your day trip to Valparaiso, experience a bit of Chilean cultural heritage by paying a visit to La Sebastiana. This restored home and now museum sits atop Cerro Bellavista and was once home to the Nobel Prize-winning and beloved poet, Pablo Neruda. Get a closer glimpse at his literary works and discover some of the poet’s prized collections. Entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis and cost CLP 7,000 (roughly $11 or 10 Euros).
Eat Some of the Best Chilean Empanada
As you walk around on your day trip to Valparaiso, you’ll likely develop an appetite. The best way to curb that is to sample a Chilean empanada from one of the local eateries around town. Head over to “Le Pato” situated in Cerro Alegre. This artisanal empanaderia offers traditional beef and vegetarian options or check out “Delicia Express” on Calle Uriola.