Tour Valparaiso & Viña del Mar

Chile
Trip Length: 1 Day
Group Size: 1-12
Difficulty
From: 175 USD
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Discover a pair of Chile's contrasting coastal cities on a full-day adventure with Cascada Expediciones.

Viña del Mar and Valparaíso showcase two very different sides of Chile: one, a hip cosmopolitan resort town and the other, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its street art, funiculars and colorful houses. Who's  ready to join us as we embark on an unforgettable day trip around these unique and beautiful places?

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Highlights

Highlights

  • Climb the hills in the "jewel of the Pacific," while admiring picturesque architecture and funky street art.
  • Ride century-old hillside funiculars and explore the historical port of Valparaíso.
  • Enjoy a visit to poet Pablo Neruda's La Sebastiana house.
  • Wander the streets of  Viña del Mar and snap memorable photos of the famous flower clock and amphitheater.

Itinerary

Port Heritage & Pacific Views

Valparaíso & Viña del Mar

Let's start our tour by driving from Santiago to the coast, passing through the central wine-producing valley of Casablanca. This picturesque valley is famous for the orchards, citrus groves, grape plantations and a lovely mountain backdrop. After passing through, soon the ocean will come into view as we arrive in Valparaíso.

Valpo, as it’s fondly known by locals, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it's easy to see why. Spread out over more than 40 coastal hills, Valpo is a maze of unique architecture and vibrant houses, creating one of the world’s most eclectic, unique and colorful cities. Narrow, winding streets snake through the hills, connected by hidden staircases and ancient elevators which are still in use.

We'll climb up Cerro Florida and arrive at Pablo Neruda’s house "La Sebastiana." This house, just like his other home in Santiago, contains interesting artifacts and furniture in their original state. The house overlooks the bay, offering a stunning view of the Pacific - the same view which Neruda enjoyed every New Year’s Eve when he looked out at the fireworks. After the museum, we'll have a chance to wander around Cerro Concepción and Cerro Alegre to see Valparaíso's unique building style,  marveling at the  steep winding streets that are lined with small and brightly-painted houses, stores, cafes and local restaurants. It's also the best place to see and soak up the city's prolific and diverse street art. The views of the port are spectacular from up in the hills, and the ocean horizon evokes the kind of enchantment usually reserved for on-screen magic. Soon after, we'll make our way back down the hill using one of the iconic funicular elevators. At the bottom of the elevator it’s just a short walk to the main square “Sotomayor,” which houses the monument honoring heroes of the Pacific War and the National Navy headquarters. It is close to the historical port neighborhood as well.

After finishing this portion of the tour, we’ll head over to the neighboring coastal city of Viña del Mar, offering a more fashionable, beach vibe. On the way we will stop for lunch at a seaside restaurant. We'll then admire the famous city “flower clock” and visit the city’s main square with the amphitheater that hosts the famous Viña del Mar International song festival every summer. The tour ends with the return journey to Santiago and a chance to reflect on the day's colorful sights and poetry.

Included

Included

  • Pick-up/drop-off at your hotel in Santiago
  • Private transportation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guide
  • Ticket to Pablo Neruda’s museum "La Sebastiana"

Not included

  • Lunch at the restaurant
  • Insurance
  • Voluntary tipping to guide
  • Any items purchased

Facts

Departures

Private departures are available every day on request. If the tour departs on Monday there will be a slight change in the itinerary as Pablo Neruda’s house-museum is closed that day.

Starting / finishing point

The trip starts at your hotel in Santiago at 9 AM and finishes back at your hotel at approximately 6 PM.

Physical demands

This trip requires travelers to be able to walk on city streets for a couple of hours. Some streets are steep, but we will walk at a relaxed pace with as many stops as necessary.

Transport

We use comfortable cars or minivans that normally seat 8 to 14 people.

Weather

Valparaíso has a long, dry summer season between October and April, and cold rainy winters between June and August. In winter, the average temperature is 11.4ºC (52F). In summer, the average temperature is about 17ºC (62ºF). The temperature on the coast is lower in summer than in Santiago, but warmer in winter.

What you need to bring

You need to bring your personal belongings and a good camera!

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We are a Chilean owned adventure tour operator, based in Santiago de Chile, operating adventure tours in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Our base prices are in Chilean Pesos (CLP), but we charge prices in USD based on the exchange rate valid on the day of payment.

Destinations | Chile

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