Discover fascinating street art, as well as some incredible and eclectic homes
Find out where all the best places to eat, drink and party are in Valparaiso
Ride a 100 year old funicular and enjoy the landscapes in Valparaiso
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Sotomayor Square, between Sotomayor and Cochrane St.
Sotomayor Square, between Sotomayor and Cochrane St.
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At 3pm, you will find your red and white striped freelance Wally waiting for you at Plaza Sotomayor. Once we have all met one another, we’ll make our way to the port.
At 3:15pm, you’ll be able to spot the port. We’ll discuss the “Golden Era” of the mid-19th Century, when Valpo played a huge role in trade, stock exchange, and even housed Chile’s first public library. We talk about some of the most important buildings around the port, before heading off to the centre of town together.
At 3:30pm, you will be raring to discover the winding, cobbled streets. No better way to get there than by the local bus, which is older than your grandparents! By taking this, we skip past the more commercial side of town, heading towards the nitty and gritty of it all. You will see the real difference when you disembark the bus. The streets are windy, and the bars and restaurants are plentiful. Your freelance guide will tell you their favourite spot for the notorious Valpo grub.
At 3:45pm, we continue onwards and upwards! Your knees won’t be as strong as the Valpo locals’, who have plenty of hill-walking experience. So, it’s time to take a somewhat shaky but safe ride on Valparaiso’s infamous funiculars (beginning with FUN for good reason).
At 4pm, together we will explore the wealthy hills of Cerro Alegre and Concepcion. You will discover bohemian hotels, 5 star restaurants, and wild nightclubs.
At 4:15pm, with the backdrop of both the Catholic and Protestant churches, we will discover how they came to be. Today, the two churches are mostly at peace, but your freelance Wally will tell you past stories of the strange arguments that once occurred between the two religions.
At 4:30pm, we go to the poorer hills. You’ll see that with a lack of money comes an inflow of creativity, visible on these bohemian hills. You will struggle to find a section of wall that isn’t covered in art, and will pass by bizarre and eclectic homes. It will become clear to you why Pablo Neruda wrote that if we walked all Valparaiso’s stairs, we would make a trip around the world.
At 5pm, we stop at one of our favourite local’s house, he’ll even have a delicious treat for us! After, we’ll begin our descent through the winding alleys to return to the flat ground.
At 5:30pm, we end the tour in one of Valparaiso’s oldest buildings, which also happens to be our office. Good thing we end before dark - we ensure to leave before sundown, when the ghosts come out. Take this opportunity to ask your freelance guide any final questions that may still be on your mind. Wally will point you in the direction you need to go, whether it be the bus station, somewhere for a good meal, or simply to your hostel. All this, while we sip on Chile's famous Chichon cocktail. Before you leave, you can tip your freelance Wally whatever you feel like!
14:45 - 15:00
Meeting point at Plaza Sotomayor (Sotomayor Main Square)
Head to the port, discuss Valpo’s “Golden Era”
Explore the winding, cobbled streets
Take a shaky ride on Valparaiso’s infamous funiculars
Explore the wealthy hills of Cerro Alegre and Concepcion
Discover both Catholic and Protestant churches, visit the poorer hills
Stop at a local’s house for a treat, descend to the flat area
17:30 - 18:00
End the tour in our office
- English and Spanish speaking guide
- Tips for the guides
- Personal expenses
- Ticket for the funiculars
- Comfortable clothes
- Walking shoes
- Extra cash
There is no cancellation policy.
What happens if we arrive late?
Try not to be! We wait for tourists 15 minutes before the start of the tour, in order to get acquainted and check everyone in. A manager will wait for around 5 to 10 minutes after the departure time, so if you are a couple of minutes behind, normally you can just join onto the tour at their first stop near the starting point.
How much does it cost?
This is a pay-what-you-like tour. There are no fees. If you loved the tour, pay what you think the freelance guide deserves, and if you didn’t enjoy yourself, you are not expected to pay a single penny. The average tip is between $10 and $20 USD, but it is really down to the person to pay as they feel.
How do we know who our freelance guide is?
It’s easy! They will be wearing a white and red striped T-shirt, just like the dude in the “Where’s Wally” books… Although this time they will stick out much more easily. Head over to them, and they will give you a warm welcome and let you know what to expect.
What is the group size normally?
Group size varies between seasons. We are always prepared with backup freelance guides if the tour number exceeds 22, ensuring the quality does not waver. The tours tend to have a good amount of people, making it not only enjoyable, but also a good opportunity to meet fellow travelers. After the tour is over, people often go together to grab some food and wine!
What ages is the tour suitable for?
This tour is suitable for all ages! In particular, our tours are enjoyable for younger generations, with our high energy, freelance tour guides. It’s also appropriate for the wiser folk, and for people who love to learn about the real history and culture of Chile. However, it’s not recommended for those that have trouble walking or standing for periods of time, as you’ll be on your feet for around 3 hours.