This 3 hour walking tour from port to high hills will help you find your feet and lose your mind as you discover the Heritage Site of Valparaiso.
In Valparaiso it is easy to get lost in the maze of alleyways and street art. We lead you around not only enhancing your sense of direction but filling you with our knowledge and wisdom of locally named “Valpo”. An adventure that takes you through your senses of taste, smell, vision and laughter (ok that last one might not be a sense, but if it was it’s going to be tickled).
Today you will ride a 100 year old funicular, learn about Chileans favorite food and find out which Valpo street dog is called David Bowie. Find your local freelance Wally guide at Plaza Sotomayor at 3pm everyday rain or shine! If that wasn’t exciting enough for you to read, then get this, it is a pay-what-you-feel tour. The pressure is released, get your kicks on and enjoy discovering Chiles pride and joy!
Why take THIS tour, Why THIS us? Taking a wander with your freelance Wally guide is like hanging out with your older brothers cool friend, they know all the cool places in town! Find out where to eat, drink and party along with the little quirks of Valpo only a local would know. All this along with the town’s cultural, political, architectural and religious background.
It’s impossible to discover Valpo by bus or vehicle, walking is the only way to see the hidden gems. We choose our freelance guides on the basis of how much they love Valparaiso. If they convince us of this as well as making us laugh and feeling comfortable we know they can make you as passionate as Valpo as we are. If you aren’t convinced yet you can check us out on TripAdvisor, we have maaaad references! And if you still ain’t satisfied by the end, you don’t have to pay a single peso!
Who should NOT take this tour? If you hate meeting new people or seeing controversial if not a little offensive art then you are in the wrong place completely. Now that you are in a bit of a smaller town we like to be more interactive and friendly. In our tours people get to know each other and learn each other’s stories. If you are a more traditional type that likes a bright white clean house then you may not like Valpo. All the houses here look like they have been sprinkled on by a concoction of colour and art.
Price:Pay-What-You-Like (Prefer private?)
Duration:2.5 - 3 Hours
Availability:Every single day!
Distance:4km Up and Downhill at a leisurely pace
What To Bring:Only yourself and comfy clothes, maybe slap on some sunscreen and some loose change for the funiculars
3:00pm: Find your red and white striped freelance Wally waiting for you at 3pm at Plaza Sotomayor. Once we have all met one another we make our way to the port.
3:15pm Spot the port, we discuss the “Golden Era” of the mid 19th Century. Valpo played a huge role in trade, stock exchange and had Chile’s first public library. We discuss some of the most important buildings around the port before heading off to the center of town together.
3:30pm: By now you will be raring to discover the winding cobbled streets. No better way to get there than 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 difference when you disembark of the bus. The streets are bended and the bars and restaurants are plentiful. Your freelance guide will tell you their favorite spot for notorious Valpo grub.
3:45pm: We continue up up up! You’re knees won’t be as strong as Valpo locals who have experience in constantly walking on hills. So it’s time to take a somewhat safe but shaky ride on Valparaiso’s infamous funiculars (beginning with FUN for good reason).
CERRO ALEGRE, CONCEPCION
4:00pm: Together we will explore the wealthy hills of Cerro Alegre and Concepcion. You will discover bohemian hotels, 5 star restaurants and wild nightclubs.
Valparaiso is build on a natural amphitheatre of 45 seaside hills connected by a maze-like system of side-streets and endless stairways. Lucky you have your freelance Wally to lead the way through these streets with jaw dropping views.
4:15pm: With the backdrop of both Catholic and Protestant churches we will discover how they came to be. Now there is mostly peace between the two churches, but your freelance Wally will tell you stories of the strange arguments in the past between the two religions.
GRAFFITI RICH WALLS
4:30pm: Onwards we go to the poorer hills, but with lack of money comes an inflow of creativity visible on these even more boho hills. You will struggle to find a section of wall that isn’t covered in art. We will see weird and eclectic homes. You will begin to understand why Pablo Neruda wrote that if we walked all Valparaiso’s stairs, we would make a trip around the world.
5:00pm: But not to worry we stop at one of our favorite locals house, he even has a delicious treat for us!
5:15pm: We begin our descend through the winding alleys to go back to the flat area.
AFTER THE TOUR - HIT THE BAR OR HAVE LUNCH?
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 insure to leave before sundown when the potential ghosts come out. Ask your freelance guide any questions that might be left. Wally will point you in the direction you need to go weather it be the bus station, somewhere for a good meal or your hostel. All this while we sip on Chile's famous Chichon cocktail.
Before you leave your can tip your freelance Wally whatever you feel! Just know that those who tip double don’t get a date with the beautiful freelance Wally’s… nice try!
Our tour ends in a century old palace where we enjoy a local cocktail. You’re now ready to explore the city on your own. This is not your typical boring dates and old dead-men tour. Our freelance guides are going to show you the heart and soul of Valparaiso. A perfect way to discover Chile's Golden Jewel for you culture seekers. And remember, only pay what you think is fair!
Andy B: Fantastic guides and very informative tours. We loved the laid back and relaxed nature...
Thomas B: The guys are great and give us a very good overview and insight of their city. Just do it! ...
gmeschmidt: La Bicicleta Verde was one of the best experiences we had in Santiago and certainly is the best way to get to know the city