Valparaiso, Chile is an instantly recognizable city. The colorful buildings climbing up the hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a travel destination for thousands of tourists each year. I had the opportunity to visit Valparaiso in December. Walk with me through the city and see the beauty for yourself.
Start at the top of the city and work your way down. One popular tourist site here is Pablo Neruda’s house, which overlooks the entire area.
Then start walking down the winding streets. It’s amazing how steep some of them are – that’s why you want to make sure you do your walking tour going downhill! I would be scared to drive up and down some of these steep roads, but cars and buses alike speed along them.
Make sure to stop halfway down the city to capture the views of the port and other parts of the city.
Take one of the city’s funiculars down the mountainside to cut down on the walk (try not to be too surprised at how fast they slide down the hill!). Finally you will be at Valparaiso’s main square.
Finally, don’t forget to keep taking pictures of the sea as you drive out of the city, even though they don’t turn out that well!