A Day in Valparaiso, Chile

After arriving in Chile and spending some time in the capital city we took a day last weekend to check out another city and port a little over an hour outside of Santiago -> Valparaiso. Valparaiso is an adorably funky city along the water. It has a bit of an older San Francisco look to it and a definite hipster feel – not to mention the gorgeous views of the water from all areas of the city.

Colorful HousesAll the Houses

Our first stop in Valparaiso was La Sebastiana – another one of Pablo Neruda’s homes {we saw his Santiago home the previous day}.

Pablo Neruda Sign

 This home had a really quirky feel but more importantly, amazing views of the city from each and every angle. No photos allowed inside the home, but we got some pictures outside while taking in the scenery.

View from Nerudas HouseNeruda Viewoh HeyLadies with a ViewSea Glass

After walking around the city for a bit we were in the mood for lunch with a view. We ended up in a restaurant with a bit of a make-shift roof eating area of sorts – not sure it would be up to code in the US as it was a bit rickety but the food was good and we had a beautiful day with a wonderful view of the ocean.

El Don Criollo

Charles & I split a traditional Chilean meal – Pastel de Papas – which is a baked casserole of meat {hold the chicken}, egg, olive and topped with a potato crust. It was nothing short of amazing & reminded me of a meal I enjoyed on our honeymoon in Greece.

Pastel De Papas

My sister-in-law, Kate got this very tasty seafood soup which was fresh, delicious and right off the boat. Seriously, every sort of fish and crustacean was in this soup – it was overflowing!

Seafood Soupat lunch

disclaimer – not my wine.

fun with propslooking across the bayquote

After eating we walked off lunch by checking out the crazy hills that Valparaiso is so famous for. It was a long {colorful} walk to the top but well worth the views.

colorful streetsBottom of the HillSan Fran Like Streetscheck out that view

Did I mention Valparaiso was jam-packed full of street art? It was beautiful and all over the place – here are a few of my favorite pieces from our walk:

Valparaiso Street Art - hostelStreet Art Wordsstreet art1Neruda Street ArtCheck out that Bike

Valparaiso was filled with beauty in unexpected places – and all the fun colors made each building pop against the backdrop of the blue water.

Teal House


Side Note: Even though Santiago is Chile’s capitol, Valparaiso is where the National Congress of Chile meets.

Armada De Chile

It was a beautiful day to spend outside taking in the sights. I was happy we got to check out Valparaiso as well as a nearby beach town – Vina de Mar.

Valparaiso StreetsValparaiso Views
blue skiesAcross the Bay

We ended our day with drinks {hot chocolate for me} and more of that beautiful view. I’m so happy we got to spend a full day in another Chilean city outside of Santiago. It was great to experience another area that was so different from what we had already seen!

hot coco

Stay tuned for my recap from Fiestas Patrias!


What’s the most colorful city you’ve ever been to?


viva chile

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  • Reply Patty O September 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I loved Valparasio! Like you, I enjoyed the city on the sea and the colorful sights! Reminded me a bit of San Francisco! Great Wall Photo Pics!

  • Reply DoubleM September 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Great pictures, Leslie!

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