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Valparaiso, Chile - An Easy Day Trip From Santiago

Chile travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2014   » View Photoset (149 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!

A Day Trip from Santiago

Valparaiso is not a place to go and see specific sites, it is a place to explore the whole city from head to toe. From the port up into the chaotic and
Chile Photo - Exploring the neighborhoods on the hills of Valparaiso.
Exploring the neighborhoods on the hills of Valparaiso.
sometimes ramshackle neighborhoods in the hills. It's an artists and art lovers paradise, sure there are galleries but I'm not talking about those. I'm talking about vibrant streets with walls, alleys and houses painted in a kaleidoscope of bright eye catching colors - murals, street art and then some!

1hr 25mins from Santiago

By bus from Santiago it took only 1hr and 25mins to get here but it can take up to 2hrs sometimes, depending on the traffic. It's 109kms between the 2 cities. I spent close to 8hrs walking around Valparaiso on a day trip from Santiago and I saw a lot. I walked from the bus terminal for 15mins into the center of town.

Exploring Valparaiso

I visited the plaza, saw historical buildings and took in views of the waterfront, port and train from a street overbridge above the road
Chile Photo - Mural of indigenous musicians in the center of Valparaiso.
Mural of indigenous musicians in the center of Valparaiso.
and tracks. The central area is quite nice with lots of leafy green trees around. From here I explored some of the streets in the hills but not in the most touristy areas at first. Sometimes I would see a horse and cart trot by. I really enjoy these kinds of neighborhoods, they could never exist at home in my country (NZ) - too many laws prohibting freedom of expression. The facades in this area range from historical down to a little bit derelict in places, but murals always look fantastic on any wall, especially old ones!

Parks and Streets

Valparaiso has some nice parks throughout the city with many people enjoying them and with a lot of activity going on around. There are churches scattered about amongst the maze of old streets and buildings. There is a park and walking area all the way along Brazil Street, this is an area with tons of monuments and statues. At the end of this strip are the markets Mercado Cardonal del Almendral.
Chile Photo - Saint Paul church on the hill in Valparaiso.
Saint Paul church on the hill in Valparaiso.
I picked up a packet of dried fruit and nuts which are popular in Chile and sold on the sidewalk everywhere.

Into the Hills

I headed back towards the center of town along some of the backstreets to look for the main tourist draw of Valparaiso being the hills of Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepcion above the port. This area is well and truly a wonderland of steep streets, alleyways, cobblestone, staircases, color, abtract shapes, odd combinations, art and of course wall murals! The streets lined with clapboard architecture have many restaurants, bars, hotels, hostels and art galleries.

Views of the Port and City

The views from up on the hills of the harbor and city are stunning and a great place to watch the sun come down at days end. The sun sets behind the hills so this is a good time for photos toward the sea, city and port. I look forward to returning to Valparaiso next time I am in Santiago. I'm sure I didn't quite see it all!

     

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Map location: Valparaiso, Chile. A city full of vibrant street art & culture! Valparaiso is Bohemian central, come here to chill out for a few days and enjoy the colors and feel of this town on the coast!
 A : Santiago - Chile 79 kms 79 kms straight distance | 1hr 13mins 1hr 13mins by car (101 kms) | 1hr 27mins 1hr 27mins by bus (101 kms) (101 kms)
 B : Santiago to Mendoza - Chile 93 kms 93 kms straight distance | 1hr 48mins 1hr 48mins by car (133 kms) | 2hrs 9mins 2hrs 9mins by bus (133 kms) (133 kms)
 C : Mendoza from Santiago - Argentina 172 kms 172 kms straight distance | 3hrs 28mins 3hrs 28mins by car (239 kms) | 4hrs 9mins 4hrs 9mins by bus (239 kms) (239 kms)
 D : Mendoza - Argentina 253 kms 253 kms straight distance | 5hrs 49mins 5hrs 49mins by car (411 kms) | 6hrs 58mins 6hrs 58mins by bus (411 kms) (411 kms)
 E : Coquimbo - Chile 342 kms 342 kms straight distance | 4hrs 32mins 4hrs 32mins by car (420 kms) | 5hrs 26mins 5hrs 26mins by bus (420 kms) (420 kms)
 F : La Serena - Chile 350 kms 350 kms straight distance | 4hrs 35mins 4hrs 35mins by car (425 kms) | 5hrs 30mins 5hrs 30mins by bus (425 kms) (425 kms)
 G : San Juan - Argentina 331 kms 331 kms straight distance | 7hrs 39mins 7hrs 39mins by car (583 kms) | 9hrs 10mins 9hrs 10mins by bus (583 kms) (583 kms)
 H : Cordoba - Argentina 707 kms 707 kms straight distance | 13hrs 8mins 13hrs 8mins by car (1065 kms) | 15hrs 45mins 15hrs 45mins by bus (1065 kms) (1065 kms)
 I : Rosario - Argentina 1009 kms 1009 kms straight distance | 14hrs 44mins 14hrs 44mins by car (1263 kms) | 17hrs 40mins 17hrs 40mins by bus (1263 kms) (1263 kms)
 J : Santa Fe - Argentina 1028 kms 1028 kms straight distance | 15hrs 49mins 15hrs 49mins by car (1307 kms) | 18hrs 58mins 18hrs 58mins by bus (1307 kms) (1307 kms)
 K : Antofagasta - Chile 1068 kms 1068 kms straight distance | 14hrs 14mins 14hrs 14mins by car (1316 kms) | 17hrs 4mins 17hrs 4mins by bus (1316 kms) (1316 kms)
 L : Parana - Argentina 1043 kms 1043 kms straight distance | 16hrs 52mins 16hrs 52mins by car (1356 kms) | 20hrs 14mins 20hrs 14mins by bus (1356 kms) (1356 kms)
 M : Cafayate - Argentina 946 kms 946 kms straight distance | 18hrs 47mins 18hrs 47mins by car (1455 kms) | 22hrs 32mins 22hrs 32mins by bus (1455 kms) (1455 kms)
 N : Salta to Cafayate - Argentina 1024 kms 1024 kms straight distance | 20hrs 22mins 20hrs 22mins by car (1563 kms) | 24hrs 26mins 24hrs 26mins by bus (1563 kms) (1563 kms)
 O : Salta - Argentina 1092 kms 1092 kms straight distance | 20hrs 17mins 20hrs 17mins by car (1702 kms) | 24hrs 20mins 24hrs 20mins by bus (1702 kms) (1702 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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