Our cruise ended in Valparaiso, Chile. It’s a port city not far from Santiago and it’s famous for the colourful houses that sit high up on the hillsides. The historical center is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Instead of taking a transfer to the airport, we got together with a group of fellow cruisers and hired “The Van Man” to tour us around Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar with a drop off at our airport hotel.
The tour was pretty good, we saw the main highlights of Valparaiso and took the old funiculors up and down the city. These Funiculors date back to the late 1800’s. The oldest one is Concepcion.
There’s some awesome steeet art here!
The city center was quite interesting and some of the buildings were fantastic. There was a lot of commotion going on and then we found out why….a protest. There are so many protests in South America that it just becomes a normal part of life for the locals.
While walking around, these lovely ladies were selling watermelon and on a hot day it was the perfect snack.
Vina Del Mar is right next to Valparaiso, it is a favourite weekend beach location for locals from Santiago. It has a long beach and many vineyards are located nearby – that makes for a perfect weekend if you ask me 😉
We all had a pricey lunch and a beer that we didn’t care for…but hey it’s Chile and our tour guide said if they could figure out how to charge for breathing the air…they would!
Where we stayed: Almagro Airport Hotel 👍