- 10 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Get to know Valparaiso like a local on this private tour from Santiago with a knowledgeable guide. Explore quaint alleys on foot, ride the elevators and trolleybus, sail through the bay, and taste delicious local dishes and drinks in this unique city – declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Enjoy views from Concepción Hill as you sip coffee at a café, dine on a classic dish of chorrillana for lunch, and sip artisan beer at a classic bar.
- Lunch included
- Led by a local guide
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Professional guide
- Elevator ride
- 1 cup of coffee
- Harbor tour
- 1 beer at a local bar
- Private round-trip transportation to Valparaiso
- Entry/Admission - Ascensor Concepcion
- Food and drinks, unless specified
Tour departs from most Santiago hotels
After a 2.5-hour drive with your guide from Santiago, enter Valparaiso through Avenida Argentina, one of the city’s main avenues famous for its weekend market full of fruits and vegetables for sale.
First, stop at Plaza Sotomayor, the main square, where your guide will point out important buildings such as the Chilean Navy headquarters. From here, take the El Peral elevator to the upper part of town where you will start your walking tour through the fascinating streets and alleyways.
Stroll along Paseo Yugoslavo, a promenade where the stunning Baburrisa Palace stands. Continue through the charming alleys until reaching the Bavestrello to see homes architecturally designed with three house fronts.
Take Ascensor Concepción, the city’s oldest elevator, a funicularthat climbs Cerro Concepción (Concepción Hill). From the top, admire the angled roofs and brightly colored iron facades of the buildings. Enjoy a cup of coffee at the classic Café Brighton, situated along the hillside promenades of Paseo Gervasoni and Paseo Atkinson, as you take in the view.
Then, ride back down to the financial district, which includes the oldest stock exchange in Latin America. Continue your walking tour through downtown streets until you reach Jota Cruz Martínez Casino Social to dine with the locals. Here, you’ll enjoy Valparaiso’s most traditional dish, the Chorrillana – french fries topped with fried onions, egg, steak and sausages.
After lunch, hop aboard the trolleybus, the second-oldest system in South America, for a ride towards the city port. Valparaiso’s most traditional form of transportation, still operating by electricity, helped the city attain UNESCO World Heritage status.
Upon reaching the port of Valparaiso, board one of several classic ships and tour around Valparaiso Bay for a unique perspective of the city. Your guide will point out landmarks as well as a sea lion colony – one of many that inhabit Chilean waters.
Back on shore, enter the port’s most iconic bar and try an artisan-brewed beer or coffee before returning to Santiago with your guide.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Vanessa was very personable and we enjoyed the day. She could have provided more information on the geology and history of the area. The day we were there the temperature varied considerably depending on where we were in Valparaiso so dress in layers.
This was a great way to see things at your pace,especially in a city with soooo much to offer that to tailor your experience I believe would be key. Vanessa and Sergio looked after us well, and offered us some extra stops en-route to sample the local treats and wines just made for a very well rounded experience.
The tour was good, interesting to see the street art and the old town of Valparaiso. The tides were high that day so we were not able to take the harbour cruise but Rodrigo, the guide took us to Las Sebastiana, Pueblo Neruda's house on our request, which was fantastic. Our only issue is we did not stop to eat or drink until 4:30 on this all day tour, despite several requests. And the restaurant we did stop at was so old and basically served a plate of French fries with a little bit of sliced meat. I would recommend an earlier lunch and at a different place.
Thanks to Cesare for his enthusiastic guidance into the delights of quirky Valparaso
This is a city that is well worth a visit, being so very different to Santiago.
It's history and colourful urban art was a great experience.
We highly recommend this trip.
Our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We were picked up at our hotel on time and the tour was always on schedule. This is a great way to experience Valparaiso with a local flavor. We would highly recommend this tour.
Not what we were expecting. The highlights of Valparaiso only came at the end after we insisted on what we wanted to see - the art, culture, etc. A walking tour of the markets and the trolley bus ride can be taken anywhere. The lunch was not much - in fact we would happily take 10 minutes to grab a snack to eat as we walked to give more time to see some of the artwork and special sights that make Valparaiso the city that it is. The harbour cruise was a waste of an hour.
The tour was wonderful, we had a great time walking through the city and our guide was fantastic. She was very helpful and informative. We would highly recommend this trip!!!
I would not really recommend this tour. Our tour guide and driver were fantastic and did a great job looking after us but I just didn't like the township of Valparaiso. It is fully of graffiti, it's not a particularly attractive place to visit and there are better places to enjoy in Santiago.
Valparaiso is a must see from Santiago. Our guide and tour were excellent. This was my second day trip to Valparaiso and was far better than previous. We spent the whole day walking the streets and cruising the harbour. The harbour cruise was an entertainment in itself.
An excellent tour and enjoyable day out. Carol was so enthusiastic and shared so many interesting snippets of information. Valparaiso is a busy, gritty place on the surface but with such a skilful guide, we saw the art, culture and history, as well as experiencing some of the life of the city. It was a long drive but Rodrigo cruised us there smoothly.
We had a wonderful day in Valparaiso with our guide Roberto and driver Miguel and would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to explore Valparaiso like a local, walking the tiny alleys, riding the elevators and trolley buses, boating in an open boat and eating the local dishes.
Our guide Ceasar spoke excellent English. He was well informed and very pleasant.
The walking tour was interesting and the harbor tour gave good perspective of the hills of Valparaiso.
Emma our driver was very competent.
To start, the confirmation email said 9:30, but the tour operator arrived at 9am, causing us to have to rush through breakfast which was important to eat for a full day tour!. They stopped at a little gas station halfway for us to relieve ourselves, as well as a wine outlet on the way to Valparaiso--both good additions. However, we spent pretty much all day staring at the facades of buildings--I'm a history person, and I found it disorganized and poorly executed. The harbor cruise was nice we saw several sea lions!. We didn't eat lunch until 5pm and not at the restaurant specified in the description, and completely missed the beer portion. Valparaiso seemed like a lovely place, but we were not thrilled with this tour. Felt absolutely haphazard and like I didn't come away actually learning much about the city--just endlessly staring at buildings from 1890 to 1920. Wished we could have at least gone INTO one of the buildings--but seriously, the furthest we went was to stand in bank and hotel lobbies and stare at architecture. The day also stretched much longer than expected--the ten hour tour went from 9am to 8pm. Not our favorite tour.
This tour certainly kept us busy! From a car ride very comfortable, Sebastien was a great driver to a trolley ride paid for by our guide, to a boat ride again, arranged by the guide to coffee guide, to a funicular ride and then a tour of the Valparaiso hills and a stop at Neruda's house. The guide was extremely knowledgeable.
This is the perfect way to see Valparaiso when the focus of your trip is elsewhere in Chile. It is a delightful city, not to be missed, and you feel that you have truly been exposed to it when the day trip is over. Our guide, Daniel, was just wonderful...an absolutely enjoyable personality. As well, he lived in Valparaiso in the past, so he does, indeed, know the city. It was a well planned and well executed trip. I know that you will be pleased, as well.
A great full day tour. Interesting city, and history. A great personable guide, eating what the locals eat with the locals . Really enjoyed it. Great start to our holiday.
We were very disappointed with our tour experience. The trip from Santiago to Valparaiso was a boring long trip along a highway with a stop at a barn-size commercial winery along the way with no cultural value at all. The heritage-listed area of Valparaiso was gorgeous, but frankly we would have enjoyed it more without our guide. The commentary was banal, and we were treated like children. Our guide was an ex-teacher and we can only presume she was a primary teacher. We did not consider it good value for money - US$300 each, with a cheapo lunch at a zero atmosphere establishment. The harbour cruise was incredibly disappointing - just a short circuit around what was essentially an industrial port. To others I'd say: save your money, buy a decent local map, and wander around Valparaiso by yourself.
The tour delivers exactly what it says: spending a day in Valparaiso like a local (albeit one who had a day off and was determined to remind themselves of everything that Valparaiso had to offer). Our guide, who arrived at our hotel in Santiago promptly, was a very personable and knowledgeable young philosophy teacher, acting as a tour guide in his spare time. On the way to Valparaiso we stopped to sample some sweet local pastries at a road-side café and then some interesting wine at a bodega in the Casablanca valley (and no-one said:"..of all the bodegas in all the valleys in all the world and you had to walk into mine"). In the city, we had an hour to visit the house that belonged to Pablo Neruda with its stunning views over the city and the harbour and its collection of quirky artefacts: the place reverberated with poetry. Then we toured the streets and alleyways on foot, taking in the English and German quarters, a funicular ride, a stop at what could only be described as a confectionery speak-easy (our guide knocked a door and a woman appeared bearing dulce de leche sandwich cakes) and then another stop at a cool local café for refreshing fruit smoothies. Back in the lower part of the city, we took a tram ride, then strolled back through the streets and squares to an excellent retro restaurant, reminiscent of 1950s Paris with its long bar and sepia décor, for lunch, preceded, inevitably, by pisco sours. Then it was back on another rickety funicular and a wander through more of the colourful alleyways and cobbled back streets before a cruise around the harbour to take in the sweeping views of the city from the water. It was a long day but an immensely enjoyable and rewarding one.