10 unique things to do in Valparaíso, Chile

Being a local tour guide born in Valparaíso, as well as an avid traveler myself, has given me a deep insight into what makes this seaport city so unique. Built on a natural amphitheater made of steep hills, this colorful natural harbor it’s packed with a selection of activities to please outdoor lovers and inquisitive travelers of all ages.

Valparaíso shot to fame during its golden age, from the late 1840s to the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914; a time when the city was the busiest seaport in the Pacific Ocean. Listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2003 for its outstanding universal value, Valparaíso is nowadays best known for its rich cultural heritage, including vibrant street art, diverse architectural styles, and picturesque landscapes.

To help in your trip planning, I’ve put up my list of the 10 unique things to do in Valparaíso, Chile:

  1. Watch an enchanting sunrise from a scenic viewpoint.
  2. Meet the local fishermen at Portales Cove.
  3. Shop at an early 1900s styled drugstore.
  4. Plumb the depths of Pablo Neruda’s quirkiest house.
  5. Ride the oldest trolleybuses still operational in the world.
  6. Climb to a panoramic lookout on a late 1800s funicular.
  7. Absorb the colorful streets of Alegre and Concepción hills.
  8. Hunt out the vibrant street art all around Valparaíso.
  9. Explore Valparaíso’s unique cemeteries.
  10. Enjoy a sunset drink on a rooftop overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
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