Self-proclaimed San Francisco of Chile, this is one city you do not want to miss while circuiting South America. Brightly coloured houses, bohemian culture, amazing seaside views… all yours for £858 from London this June.[middle_ad kw=”holidays in Chile “]
What’s the deal?
Take off from London Heathrow and travel to Santiago de Chile, the capital which is a mere 75 miles from Valparaiso, onboard Iberia for £858 (return, all taxes included) for travel June 8th to 21st, 2013. Each leg of the trip has a stopover in Madrid but you’ll find yourself in gorgeous Chile within 18 hours. The first part of the trip, London to Madrid is operated by British Airways. From Madrid, Iberia takes over.[search departure=”London” arrival=”Santiago” depday=”08″ depmonthyear=”06/2013″ retday=”21″ retmonthyear=”06/2013″]
Welcome to Valparaiso[googlemap src=”https://www.google.co.uk/maps?q=valparaiso+chile&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=-33.11915,-70.675049&spn=6.16326,11.634521&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=8.701745,23.269043&hnear=Valpara%C3%ADso,+Valpara%C3%ADso+Province,+Valpara%C3%ADso+Region,+Chile&t=m&z=7″]
Propped right on the Pacific Coast, Valparaiso, Valpo for short, is just like San Francisco but a little grittier. This city is just as hilly so it’s no wonder the trolleys are a popular attraction. City musts include the ascensores (think of Lisbon’s funicular trams) which cost as little as 300 Chilean Pesos (40p) to ride. It’s definitely the most exciting way to get up the hills.
There isn’t so much to “do” here in terms of a run of the mill tourist destination but so many travellers fall in love with it for the upbeat nightlife, laid back “anything goes” attitude of the locals and the charming painted houses’s distinctly bohemian feel. It’s hard not to love a place that Pablo Nerudo used to call home.
Have you explored Chile yet?