As I mentioned in my earlier post, I really only experienced Santiago during my stay in Chile, but it is very easy to venture out for the day and visit Valparaiso. I am so glad we got out of the city for a day to visit one of the most overlooked and un-touristy cities in Chile. After visiting Valparaiso, I was shocked and almost disheartened a little to learn that many tourists go directly to Santiago for their time in Chile and completely overlook this almost psychedelic and vibrant city.
Screaming with bright colours of the rainbow, old victorian style houses that have been transformed into works of art and the contrast between bright blocks of homes and the crystal blue water - this city is bursting with personality. There really isn’t a guide or a perfect way to visit this city, the only way is to roam the streets and you will find that you stumble across the gems you have been looking for. Political statements or inspirational messages plastered on the walls of grand rustic mansions makes you understand the personalities of the people that call Valparaiso home.
You can simply travel by bus from Santiago to Valaparaiso for a measly $8US. The bus trip is about 1 hour and 45 minutes to arrive in the downtown area of Valparaiso. From there, you will see that there is no other way to go but ‘up’. The homes in this colourful city are built on the side of the hill and they overlook the little port village and Pacific Ocean. Now deemed a World Heritage Site, Valparaiso is certainly a place to check out.