Valparaiso is a lovely port city on the Pacific coast of Chile, about one and a half hours from Santiago by car. Even though it is Chile’s second biggest city, it has managed to preserve a very laid-back atmosphere, with its little streets flanked by colorful houses and with the Pacific Ocean in the background. Exploring Valparaiso means going up and down (and up and down again) as the city was built on a series of hills. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Valparaiso is a great place for a day trip from Santiago.
FROM SANTIAGO TO VALPARAISO
On our way from Santiago, we made a stop in the vineyards and I learnt about the Carménère wine grape.
THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE CARMENERE WINE
The Carménère grape variety was originally planted in the Médoc region of Bordeaux in France but disappeared from France when the vines were struck with a fungal disease. It was then rediscovered years later in Chile where it is widely growing! I don’t usually like red wine but I found the Chilean Carménère to be delicious! Of course in winter the vineyards don’t produce grapes but the site was still worth a visit!
ENJOYING THE VIEW ON THE PACIFIC OCEAN
We then reached Valaparaiso and were amazed by the Pacific Ocean coast, full of colors, rocks and birds…
SUCCUMBING TO THE CHARM OF VALPARAISO’S COLORFUL HOUSES
We then started exploring this lovely city and I could not stop taking pictures of the lovely colorful houses. Valparaiso is also known for the verybeautiful graffiti paintings on some of its walls.
ENJOYING VALPARAISO’S “STREET ART”
ENDING THE DAY WITH A GLASS OF “PISCO SOUR”
Our day in Valaparaiso ended with a well deserved glass of Pisco sour, a very popular drink in Chile, with a lovely view on the bay!
With Valparaiso ended the “comfortable” part of our backpacking trip! We would then start going North, discovering wilder landscapes on our way to San Pedro de Atacama…
- Next stop: on the road from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama. Click here to read the article.
- All articles about this country: click here to see all articles about Chile.
- All articles about this trip: click here to read see all articles about this backpacking trip across the Andes (Chile – Bolivia – Peru).