Valparaíso Travel Guide

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Valparaíso Highlights

  • Pro
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     Close to Santiago, port city with beaches nearby 

  • Con
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     High-ish crime rates, easy to get lost. 

  • In a nutshell
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     You could walk for years and years in Valparaiso, discovering each day a new marvel! 

Valparaíso Things to Do

  • Port is active and not in best part of...

    Some photographers might find this an interesting town for old world charm, but I found it in a state of disrepair. The port itself is oriented to shipping and is an efficient embarkation point for Santiago. It is not close to Santiago.

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  • Neruda's home and restaurants

    Hello. Maybe it's too late for my reply but just in case...You must see Pablo Neruda's house and take some of the several elevators that would take you to the hills with beautiful views. Good restaurants in the port, andin half way between Valparaiso and Viña del Mar restaurant Caleta Portales.Good luck¡¡

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  • Walking place.

    PASEO GERVASONI : Located in the Cerro Concepción, access is from Calle Pasaje Templeman Papudo up for Pratt Street, up the elevator Conception.PASEO ATKINSON: Since it is possible to see the entire coastline, hills and the city plan. One of its features is found permanently with tourists and visitors to the place to appreciate the beautiful view...

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Valparaíso Hotels

Valparaíso Restaurants

  • Donde Carlitos

    Recommended by Fodor's and myself ;) This is the only restaurant located just in front of the Valparaiso's central market, very close to Ascensores Artilleria. Here you can find freshest seafood (hello! it's 2 blocks away from the sea, and 5 feet from the market!!). Try one of the wide varieties of Ceviche dishes as well as seafood...

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  • great evening of fine dining

    Sits in the midst of the historical zone--patrimonio--this old renovated building serves as an outstanding restaurant and respite from average eating housed in Chile. Really international standards--choice of foods, wines, attention from staff, hygiene. Highly recommend this after a long tour or before boarding an ocean liner. Fillo wrapped...

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  • "CHORRILLANA"

    The end of a crazy night,we enter the J.Cruz with my stomach growling,and shortly thereafter we are served a tremendous "chorillana" ; a typical local dish.."Chorrillana" is a traditional and special dish of the J.Cruz..made by fried potatoes, covered with sauteed onion,steak and to top it off,a fried egg.WOW..the best taste of heaven:)You should...

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Valparaíso Nightlife

  • Disco, Cafe concert.

    http://lapiedrafeliz.cl/index.htmlhttp://lapiedrafeliz.cl/salones.htmlhttp://lapiedrafeliz.cl/galeria/galeria.htmlWhen I travel to Chile is one of my favorite places to visit!!.OPEN TUESDAY TO SATURDAY FROM 21:00 HRS Semi formal and formal, but do not go with sandals and sleeveless T-shirts.OPEN TUESDAY TO SATURDAY FROM 21:00 HRS

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  • Great friendly bar

    Down at the harbour on Avenida Errázuriz near the junction with Avenida José Tomás Ramos you will see a small bar with tables and red umbrellas. It has a Spanish name which I can’t recall but translates as ‘Meeting Place’. The proprietor Eli, a kind-hearted lady, speaks pretty good English and her locals were very friendly and keen to pass on their...

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  • Need a Guiness?

    Probably the only pub in Valparaiso where you might get a Guiness draft, although they were all out when we visited. They also claim to have 161 beers available including all of Chile's micro brewery beers. A good place for a pint or two... busy and convivial. Come as you are... within reason.

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Valparaíso Transportation

  • by bus from Santiago to Valparaiso

    According to my guidebook there is an efficient and fast public bus-service from Valparaiso to Santiago de Chile and vice versa. the ride takes just about 90 minutes and the buses are quite comfortable as well. 6 $ / 5 euros is the fare for one way. The buses are leaving in Santiago next to the subway-station Universidad.Compared with the...

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  • By bus from Santiago

    Each time I have travelled to Valparaiso I have made day trips from Santiago. The most convenient way for someone without a car is to take a bus. Buses in Santiago depart from the main terminal (Terminal Alameda) located at Metro station Universidad de Santiago (on line 1) and then travel the short distance to metro station Pajaritos (also on line...

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  • Tur-Bus

    I take the tur-bus company very comfortable, punctual and good, cheap 6$ one way (can pay with credit car). They have music and TV, the Ride it is of 1 hour half, and have a nice view on the road, have every 15 min a bus that depart to ValparaisoYou can go by subway to station Universidad de Santiago, there is a station were the bus go out. Yo...

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Valparaíso Shopping

  • Original hand crafts

    This is a small shop where you can find different type of hand crafts, colorful and funny pieces. I found some nice and colorful bags for US$7.00, there were also leather sandals, hats, hand made notebooks, pins, etc... Depends on the item of course.

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  • Cheap and nice Internet... Internet pas...

    Basic place with very fast computers an a very nice owner, Christian (half chilean, half canadian).Endroit simppe avec des ordis rapides et un proprio vraiment sympa, Christian, mi-chilien, mi-canadien. Internet very cheap : 350 pesos (0.50 USD) per hour... Internet vraiment pas cher : 350 pesos (0.5 USD) par heure

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  • Valparaíso Hotels

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Valparaíso Local Customs

  • Tipping

    In Chile the standard tip in a restaurant is 10% which is sometimes added onto the bill but more often than not you need to leave behind on the table. If paying by credit card you can ask to add the tip to the bill and indicate the standard 10%. Do not tip taxis.If you drive a car in Chile, in particular Santiago then there are places where you can...

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  • Chilean wines part II

    Most vineyards date from Columbus's second voyage to South America,when vine production and its use was more of a religious necessity than a form of cultural enjoyment.The first vineyards were planted in Mexico,and soon later,whole areas of land were set aside for wine production in Peru,and latterly in Chile.After reaching Santiago,Chile's...

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  • World Cuisine Chile

    Defining South American cuisine is something of a challenge.This vast continent displays diverse geographical and climatic characteristics that have helped shape its rich and varied cuisine.Yet a number of common elements or native ingreditents are present amongst it diverse foods;potatoes,maize,chilles,and beans have all been used for centuries...

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Valparaíso Warnings and Dangers

  • bad neighborhoods

    Use caution and common sense when riding up the ascensors (funiculars). Many go up to dangerous neighbourhoods. My husband and I were robbed on Cerro Cordilliera by young thugs. Lost passports, ID, camera, etc. While some of the hillside areas are safe, many are not! Enjoy but be cautious.

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  • calculate your time ashore

    There is a public area in the port where everybody can get a closer look of the giant cruiseships in port, BUT that does NOT mean that you are able to simply walk the last 100 meters to the ship from Plaza Sotomayor.There was NO way to enter the area around the ship, although I had a valid passenger-card. I had to go back 3 km to the other end of...

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  • Beware - Sniffer Dogs

    As we prepared to disembark our cruise ship, the cruise staff warned us to ensure that we weren't carrying any sweets or chocolates. It seems that Chile is very strict in its laws relating to bringing these items into the country.We were warned that there would be sniffer dogs as we disembarked and that they were trained to look for confectionery....

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Valparaíso Tourist Traps

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    by Andre_C10002 Written Jan 24, 2006

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    I don't mean to say that Valparaiso is a dangerous town, nothing bad happened to me there. I just want to say you better take care when you walk on streets, mostly at night and when you are near the port. At some parts of the town streets are ugly and dirty and you'll find homeless people asking for money. Pay attention and enjoy.

    Unique Suggestions: Pay attention and maybe leave your camera at your hotel room if you go out at night. Keep a business card of your hotel with you, in case you get lost.

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Valparaíso What to Pack

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    by cvsolfari Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Take a small bag as the streets and hotel rooms are small. Why bring so much stuff when you can buy local products for 1/3 the price?

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable walking shoes if you are brave enough to not rent a car! I walked all over town and then some. My feet were hurtin' from all the walking because my shoes were worn down.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Definitely bring your swimsuit and towel but the water is colder than you'd expect!

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Valparaíso Off The Beaten Path

  • "El Baron"

    it's nothing short of a miracle that such complex and antique constructions have survived not only the passage of time but also the wave of eartquakes and fires that ravaged the city more than once.Among these is the church of San Francisco,sitting a top the hill,El Baron.Old legend has it that sailor honorably distinguished this church by giving...

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  • Playa Las Docas

    Playa Las Docas is located 10 kilometers from Laguna Verde (located 15 kms south of Valparaiso). In total it would be about 150 kms from Santiago. The 10 km trip from Laguna Verde is on an unsealed windy road lined by pine trees. Apparently nearby there is a Hostel called Hosteria Las Docas.It is a secluded beach. They say it is ok to go there and...

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  • Inglesia Luterana Alemana

    The church started to built in 1897,Blinder brothers were responsible for the construction.1906 earthquake's which caused significant damage.Inglesia Luterana Alemana is on the Cerro Conception,near to Plaza Anibal Pinto.Abtao str.Cerro Conception

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Valparaíso Sports & Outdoors

  • Colo Colo..El Indio

    Former club Magallanes players led by Arellano brothers,created their new club Colo Colo on April 1925,naming the club for a Chilean Mapuche chief(Colo Colo was a Mapuche leader,he held the position of Peace Leader,but took ever strategic duties when Spanish conquest began,becoming the head of the Native Mapuche forces againist invaders)Colo Colo's...

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  • Golfing in Valparaiso

    Golfing in Chile is not easy to do. Very few public courses are available to tourists and to get on private courses either requires an invite from a member or an introduction from selected hotels. Most of the best of the 68 golf courses in Chile are in the Santiago area and we didn't bother while there because of the limitations noted earlier....

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Valparaíso Favorites

  • Fruit Juices!

    My fondest memory was walking all over this city and coming across little surprises. Naturally, you'd expect to find some sort of juice bar. We found one next to Plaza O' Higgins. It was a surprisingly hot day and we needed refreshment. As you can see from the pictures, it's all fresh. I think they may have even included a vitamin with it. It was...

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  • The Night

    Thus it was not merely a gratuitous act that Valparaiso was placed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO;the jewel of the pasific now shines in the day and throughout the night for the entire world to see.

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  • A Camanchaca

    A Camanchaca,as it is known here,is a thick,low fog that forms in the bay and moves inland,surrounding the hills of Los Placeres,Santo Domingo,Alegre,Concepcion,Playa Ancha,Cordillera,Artilleria and,Bellavista.This same sight must have been customary to the new European colonists who began building their homes and cultures here towards the end of...

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Oldest church of Valparaiso
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