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Visit Valparaiso


The port of Valparaiso is one of Chile's most interesting cities, known for its brightly painted buildings that extend in seemingly chaotic fashion across more than 40 cerros - hills - that rise up from the Pacific Ocean. The ramshackle layout of the cerros and the fine sea views afforded from them have been sources of inspiration for artists and poets down the years. Pablo Neruda was one such figure, and a visit to his Valparaiso home, La Sebastiana, is a highlight for many visitors to the city.

A bohemian feel pervades much of Valparaiso to this day, with large-scale murals, art galleries, cosy bars and cafés among the narrow alleyways and plazas of the city. The lower part of the city - known as ‘El Plan' - is the business district, with modern office buildings and a few grand colonial mansions that have survived raids by pirates, fires and earthquakes over the years. A notable landmark here is Plaza Sotomayor, where stands an impressive monument to the ‘Heroes of the Battle of Iquique'.


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Top itineraries in Valparaiso

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Highlights of Chile

13-day tailor-made holiday from £6,405 pp incl. flights

From the austere landscapes of the north to the granite spires of the Patagonian south and the cities of Santiago and Valparaíso in between, this tailor-made holiday takes in the best of Chile’s history, heritage, landscapes and wildlife.

Top places to stay in Valparaiso

Palacio Astoreca, Valparaiso

Palacio Astoreca, Valparaíso

Contemporary hotel

Open since 2012, this hotel is a restored natural monument on Chile's central coast.

Casa Higueras, Valparaiso

Casa Higueras, Valparaíso

Historic hotel

Stay in among Valparaíso’s history with this boutique mansion, complete with fine dining and luxury amenities, including an excellent spa.

When to go to Valparaiso

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