Valparaiso, Chile, is an amazing destination for those who wish to experience an area of South America that features great weather and better food all year round. As a coastal city there is plenty of beach to enjoy, and as a recognized UNESCO World Heritage site, the architecture and history of Valparaiso is enough to whet the curiosity of any world traveller. Purchasing international travel insurance will help those coming thousands of miles to remain at ease.
Valparaíso is one of the graffiti capitals of South America, and no place showcases this art better than the Museo a Cielo Abierto. The 20 classics, colorful murals were created between 1969 and 1973 by students from the Universidad Católica’s Instituto de Arte. One of the elevators, Ascensor Espíritu Santo, will take you there. But street art and graffiti covers the city and ensures that the avenues and paths are bursting with life. Templeman Street on Cerro Alegre is the best place to see street art.
When visiting any Chilean city that stands beside the sea you cannot miss out on visiting the traditional fishing Caleta. Valparaíso has its own Caleta Portales, a fishing town where you can go to taste the delicious dishes prepared in the restaurants that surround it, but also, very early in the morning, you can go to wait for the fishing boats and buy directly from them, fresh fish from the sea.
One of the cultural icons of Valparaiso is this mythical mountain, which is surrounded by culture, the colors of street art, bars and restaurants. You can reach it through the Peral elevator, located on one side of the Plaza Sotomayor. Cerro Alegre is a multicultural place, in every corner there are foreigners and Chileans making art in various ways, juggling, and performing poetry and music.Just some things that can be found in every corner of this magical place.
Paseos and Walks
While Valparaiso is a city surrounded by hills, the city center was constructed according to a trict city plan. There are many lovely walks along the city’s beautifully designed paseos. Good walks include the Ruben Dario walk and the Carvallo walk, both which run along the city’s coastline and beaches. But to cross this beautiful city there is no better way to do it than in the traditional and nostalgic ‘troles‘, old buses that will give you a ride through the historic city center.
The Completo is a hot dog variation eaten in Chile. After seeing it at practically every street corner, we knew we had to try it. It’s a huge hot dog (bigger than American ones) with all kinds of trimmings; mayonnaise, tomatoes, onions, pickles, sauerkraut, etc.
While this is one of the most popular ones, an equally popular variation is the Italiano. This is the same hotdog but with fewer trimmings – avocado, tomatoes, and mayonnaise. We were tempted by this variation and tried it at the farmers market.