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Where in the world: South America  /  Chile  /  Valparaiso Region  /  Valparaiso

Top 15 things to do in Valparaiso

1. La Sebastiana

A multicolored, tiered house on top of a hill, La Sebastiana provided the setting for the writing of some of the world's beloved poetic masterpieces. Today, Pablo Neruda's former residence pays tribute to the artist's legacy and contains artworks, 1950s furniture, and quirky bric-a-brac collected over the years. Visit early in the morning or towards closing time to avoid the crowds and long lines at the entrance.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $38 › Learn more about La Sebastiana

2. Walking tours

Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $16 › Learn more about Walking tours

3. Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), Vina del Mar

Created with a variety of colorful blooms, Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores) remains one of the city's best-loved landmarks. Commissioned for the 1962 FIFA World Cup, the clock features numbers and a face packed with vibrant red and blue blossoms set into a small hillside. Notice the white metal hands, the longest of which measures 3 m (10 ft). If you're keeping your eye on the time, note that this fully functional clock features a satellite system for accurate timekeeping.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $39 › Learn more about Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores)

4. Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar from Santiago

FROM $99
Revel in the vibrant color and culture of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar on a full-day tour of the coastal cities from Santiago.. Explore the colorful houses and historic port of Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage site; enjoy wine tasting in the Casablanca Valley; and tuck into a delicious Chilean-style lunch (own expense) amid the vineyards. What to Expect On this tour, walk down the streets and hills of Valparaiso that will surprise you behind every corner with old elevators, colorful stairways, viewpoints of the endless sea and the colorful hills with unique architecture many of which are decorated with well adorned graffiti made by famous local and international artists. The next visit is at one of the most beautiful vineyards in Casablanca valley where you will taste they delicious wines also have access to sale prices at the store At the end of the tour you will be dropped you off at the Cruise ship terminal in San Antonio Port
Suggested duration: 10h
Tours from $99 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Casa de Isla Negra, Isla Negra

Built on a rocky headland overlooking the ocean, Casa de Isla Negra commemorates the life and work of this world-famous poet. The residence features a ship-like interior and a number of eccentric collections, including a huge number of shells in the "Under the Sea" room. Watch the short video about Neruda's life in the lobby. Walk under the low ceilings, through narrow passageways, and across the creaking wooden floors of the rooms decorated with ship figureheads, maps, ships in bottles, masks, and wooden carvings from all over the world. See the huge tusk of a narwhal, which Neruda brought from Norway. Enter the master bedroom, and notice how the bed faces windows with a clear view of the ocean. Neruda lived in the house with his third wife, and the claim that this was his favorite residence is supported by the fact that both spouses were buried here.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $95 › Learn more about Casa de Isla Negra

6. Vina del Mar Casino, Vina del Mar

Mingle with the high-rollers at Vina del Mar Casino, one of Chile's premier casinos. Try your hand at a range of gaming, including blackjack, poker, and slot machines. If luck's not going your way at the tables, enjoy a live performance or grab a bite to eat at one of the onsite restaurants. Even if you don't intend to spend any money, consider visiting simply to check out the lavish interior and sweeping views over the ocean.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $35 › Learn more about Vina del Mar Casino

7. Paseo Gervasoni

Stroll along Paseo Gervasoni, admiring the street art and panoramic view. The small, colorful promenade is elevated above the Valparaiso port, overlooking the undulating streets. Take an elevator up to the balcony-like area, lined with street vendors and with walls covered in vibrant murals and graffiti. Visit the small museum dedicated to the work of Lukas, a famous cartoonist, or view the iconic Gervasoni hotel at the end of the street. You can indulge in a meal or a refreshing drink at one of the restaurants, while enjoying the view of the blue water and hilly suburban streets.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $16 › Learn more about Paseo Gervasoni

8. Full Day Group Tour - Viña Del Mar-Valparaiso -Casablanca -Reñaca

Likely to sell out FROM $39
This tour is the best way for you to experience a full-day guided experience that takes you to see 2 coastal cities in the central region of Chile. Valparaiso is declared World Heritage by Unesco with a lot of character and important historical aspects as well as being one of the principal cities for the economic activity of Chile. Viña del Mar every year wins the prize of the best place to live in Chile. It's a beautiful city with streets full of  flowers, and its beaches are like no others. You will also visit the Casablanca Valley which is famous for its white wines, with some of the wines from this region having been voted the best in the world.
Suggested duration: 8h - 9h
Tours from $39 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Emiliana Organic Vineyards, Casablanca

Take a tour of Emiliana Organic Vineyards for insight into biodynamic viniculture. Learn about growing organic grapes and see how the Guilisasti family, who founded the winery in 1986, use biodynamic principles in making the wine. Chickens and alpacas provide a lot of help around here, "making" fertilizer, softening the soil, and getting rid of pests. Stroll the gardens filled with olive trees and flowers, which attract beneficial insects and help the self-sustainability of the vineyard. After the tour you can have a picnic in the garden, snack on assorted cheeses, and sample their organic reds and whites.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $131 › Learn more about Emiliana Organic Vineyards

10. Cerro Concepcion

Meander around the lovely hilltop neighborhood of Cerro Concepcion and enjoy sweeping views over Valparaiso's shorefront. Springing forth from the ruins of the city's old walls, the neighborhood quickly found its own bohemian, quirky character, which persists to this day. Colorful houses line the narrow streets, occasionally interrupted by equally vibrant street art. Hang out with Valparaiso's coolest crowd at one of the area's trendy coffee shops, or hunt for the perfect souvenir among the quaint handicraft shops.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $16 › Learn more about Cerro Concepcion

11. Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, Vina del Mar

Take a tour through a museum dedicated to pre-Columbian Chile when you visit Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck. Start outside with the Maoi statue, which draws many for photo opportunities. Inside the museum, the first floor covers Mapuche culture from pre-Columbian times and exhibits on Easter Island. Visit the upstairs to see insect collections and taxidermied animals from all over the world. (Note, however, that the second floor has just a few English translations.) When browsing, consider getting a tour guide, who can provide informative explanations of the exhibits in English.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $39 › Learn more about Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck

12. Full Day Tour Valparaiso - Vina del Mar and Casablanca Valley from Santiago

FROM $135
Enjoy a 9 -hour tour, starting at the door of your hotel. You will visit Viña del Mar first, known as the Garden City, where you can observe an original sculpture of Easter Island, a Moai, then the vehicle will take you to Avda. Peru to photograph the Pacific coast and some of its castles and Beautiful constructions. Continue with a visit to the sea food and fish market, Caleta Portales, there the sea lions are an attraction, in addition to witnessing the bullid fishermen's activity. Follow the Tour in direction to the Alegre and Concepción hills, to walk of more than an hour through the colorful streets, to see mural art, stairs everywhere, incredible views and descend using the old local transport, The funicular. Then you will be driven in the Van to the Casablanca Valley for a Chilean wine toast and from there return to your hotel ending the Tour.
Suggested duration: 9h
Tours from $135 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. La Piedra Feliz

Sway to the rhythms of jazz, blues, and salsa, and rock to the sounds of live music in the safe, homey atmosphere of La Piedra Feliz. This massive house along the waterfront features several music rooms, including the local Chilean music room, the salsa room, and the tango room--plus an unusual looking cafe-restaurant and a nightclub in the basement. The main room hosts live music shows and standup comedy. Learn Chilean dancing with scarves from the friendly locals. If you arrive before 11 pm, you won't miss happy hour. The venue welcomes all ages, but guests over 30 will probably feel most comfortable.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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14. Matetic Vineyards, Lagunillas

Tour Matetic Vineyards, a family-run winery in the scenic Rosario Valley. Founded in 1999 by Jorge Matetic, an Argentinean of Croatian descent, the winery produces high-quality wine varieties from organic grapes. Choose from several wine tasting options, enjoy the scenic surrounding landscape, or visit the gourmet restaurant and hotel, situated in a century-old ranch house.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $111 › Learn more about Matetic Vineyards

15. Santiago: Full day tour to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar city

FROM $52
Your tour starts in Santiago to Valparaiso, admiring the Pacific Ocean on a 120 km trip. You will enjoy a walk up to the hills and take one or two elevators to enjoy the view . Your tour includes transportation and a guide.
Suggested duration: 10h
Tours from $52 › More about this tour at viator.com ›