Valparaiso, the second largest city in Chile, offers a welcome contrast from land-locked Santiago with its beaches ringed by scenic mountains.

Seas, Mountains and more

Valparaiso is known for its unruffled pace of life and as a cultural destination. Its brightly coloured buildings, quaint trolleybuses, funiculars that traverse steep inclines and breathtaking views of the sea and city are some of attractions that draw visitors from all over the world here.

While a day trip might not do justice to the seaside city, here are a few must-dos that you could attempt to squeeze into your visit:

  • Ride a funicular: All of Valparaiso is set on mountain sides connected by steep roads. So while walking is recommended, a ride on a funicular, known locally as ascensors, is a charming way to experience the city’s bohemian charm.
  • Visit La Sebastiana on Cerro Florida, one of Pablo Neruda’s homes that is now converted into a museum.
  • Immerse in the beauty of San Francisco Church and La Matriz Church.
  • Enjoy the murals in Cerro Bellavista at the Museo a Cielo Abierto (open sky museum).

Photos from Valparaiso

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