Chile South America Travel

Visiting Valparaiso: The San Francisco of South America


Words can’t quite do justice to Valapraiso. To articulate its beauty, would almost be too cliche.

So I’ll simply say this…the winding alleys are alive with culture, and the souls of each artist who contributed to their life are visible in the countless murals and graffiti stained streets. The many famous poets who were drawn to its labrynth, only further prove its unique charm.

Each neighborhood is different, and every corner makes you more intrigued than the next. Its style is similar to the vibe you can experience in Melbourne or San Francisco but holds an added Latin flare that simply can’t be mimicked.

Getting There

An hour and a half bus ride from Santiago (Pajaritos station). There are three well-known bus companies: Tur Bus, Pullman, and Condor. Each company has frequent departures throughout the day.

What to Do on a Short Visit

The highlight of your visit will surely be roaming the corridors of Pablo Neruda’s home, La Sebastiana. Exploring the famous Chilean Poet’s house is the perfect way to absorb a different perspective of the city through his beautifully written poems and antiques that are scattered throughout the rooms.

A few days of wandering the streets and nibbling your way through the cafes will be enough to peek your curiosity. Somewhere between the salmon ceviche and guava gelato you will lose yourself in the delicious cuisine of Chili’s coast.

If that isn’t enough, sipping chardonnay in Fauna a lovely rooftop bar with panoramic views of the eclectic architecture, certainly will ignite your desire to stay in the colorful city.


For a quaint and budget accommodation, check out the vivacious and helpful hosts at Hostal Jacaranda. They will send you off with a foolproof map and a plan to tackle the surrounding area tailored to your interests.

Logistical Tips for Booking Your Trip
Booking Flights
I typically use Skyscanner to book my flights because it allows you to search through websites and airlines worldwide all in one convenient search engine. You can also get price alerts for flights you’re interested in.Compare prices on flights with Skyscanner.
Booking Accommodation
I always book my hostels through Hostelworld. If I’m not staying in a hostel, then I book an AirBnB.
Travel Insurance
I always travel with insurance, because I know all too well how many things can go wrong while traveling (and sometimes even beforehand). Travel insurance protects you against certain cancellations, theft, medical emergencies, and more. I have been using World Nomads for the last seven years, and they haven’t disappointed me yet.
Other Travel Resources
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Anna French

Anna is an optimist with pessimistic tendencies who enjoys making a short story long, her coffee black, and watching Friends re-runs. These days you can catch her in her natural habitats wandering through forest roads in her van, hiking to a waterfall or glacial lake, and learning about off-grid living the hard way.

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