Exploring Valparaíso is discovering the essence of the city and its peculiar hills. A cup of coffee at noon is a good way to soak up and get a feeling of the port’s rhythm, reflecting the diverse cultural influences of the city. One seems to get more amazed for each corner, each colour, and each shape appearing along the way.
A good way of understanding the seaport is to start with Alegre and Concepción Hills from the doorstep of the hotel. Explore the beautiful streets and alleys such as Paseo Gervasoni, Paseo Atkinson, and Paseo Yugoslavo as well as the streets of Templeman and Pasaje Galvez with their breathtaking colours and marvellous views of Valparaíso hills. We definitely recommend experiencing a ride in the famous funiculars going up and down between the hills and the flat part of the city. If there’s time, enjoying a boat ride along the Valparaíso Bay from near Plaza Sotomayor really puts the city’s characteristics in perspective. In the map below you can find this nice walk.
Walking down the Plaza de la Intendencia towards Plaza Echaurren and further to The Matriz Church, you find yourself in El Barrio Puerto, the neighbourhood that have conserved the most the essence of Valparaíso.
Continuing towards the sea you can enter the local marketplace and then keep on to Ascensor Artillería on order to get up to Paseo 21 de Mayo. From here you can enjoy one of the most classic views of the port, and if you want to keep exploring the Museo Naval nearby is a good place to learn a little bit about the Valparaíso’s and Chile’s history.
If you’d like to get to know this walk better, please check out this map where it is described more in detail.
Valparaíso’s bohemian spirit has always been one of the most distinguishing characteristics. For many years the city has been an asylum for great artists and among these in particular the 1971 Literature Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda, who was inspired very much by his house called La Sebastiana located in Cerro Bellavista. Getting up to his house is a trip itself: going up Subida Ecuador in a taxi colectivo might be the best and safest way getting there. Discovering La Sebastiana is in a sense entering the train of thought of the poet himself and understanding better how he looked upon things. Afterwards walking down towards the sea through Museo de Cielo Abierto, an Open Air Art Museum, and exploring the hill’s wall paintings is an experience of its own, finishing the stroll at La Fundación Valparaíso and especially at their restaurant called Gato Tuerto. Click the link here in order to find more information on this walk.