When asked: “Where shall I go in Chile?”, I always recommend the amazing city of Valparaíso. I haven’t met a person who didn’t fall in love with Valparaíso the moment their feet touched down in the city. So, today I am going to introduce you to my favourite Chilean city, Valparaíso. Often referred to as Valpo.
Valparaíso is a port city located just over 100km north of Santiago. The first thing you will notice upon arrival is the steepness of the city, which is why they say the people of Valpo have the best legs in Chile! It’s made up of steep staircases and narrow, winding alleyways. If you brave the steepness you will be rewarded with beautiful views over the port. But, if you are feeling achey you can take one of the city’s many funiculars. There are twenty two in total and these will take you up to the top of the hill for a small fee.
The real charm of the city is that it resembles an outdoor art gallery. Lots of cities around the world have street art areas, but Valpo is different. In the steep hilled area of the city there isn’t an inch of wall not covered. However, it’s not just the walls that are lined with art. Art is everywhere; on the floor, on the bins, on the chairs, on the steps. Art is what the city is all about! And art is what makes you want to keep going back for more.
Valparaíso is also home to a very special kind of home. The home of Pablo Neruda, a nobel prize winning poet, is located right at the top of the hills. Pablo Neruda has three homes in Chile, each one feeling like a museum of memories. This particular one is called ‘La Sebastiana’ and is beautiful in everyway. It is full of artefacts from his life and you are free to wander around the rooms and see for yourself where his inspiration came from.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a bit of Valparaíso! Which city do you love the most?
This post was first published on Amy and the Great World in April 2015