Half-Day Valparaiso City Highlights Tour
Make a first stop in Cerro Florida to admire La Sebastiana, the home of Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Pablo Neruda (admission not included). Continue along a scenic road through the hills, enjoying views of the city and the ocean, then climb up to Cerro Concepción and walk through the famous Paseo Atkinson and Gervasoni while your guide tells you about the history of immigrants who came to Valparaíso during its golden age before the opening of the Panama Canal, when it still was the main port in South America.
Then, descend to Muelle Prat and see Plaza Sotomayor, one of Valparaiso´s main squares. These squares host some of the most traditional landmarks of the city, including the Old Aduana (customs house), nowadays part of the naval zone of the Chilean army; the monument to Arturo Prat, considered a national hero for the Pacific War; and other French-style buildings dating back to the seventeenth century.
End your tour with a funicular ride to Paseo 21 de Mayo for a stunning view of the port. Your last stop is Cerro Playa Ancha to visit the Merchant Marine viewpoint, with its fabulous amphitheater facing the Pacific, before being dropped off back at selected hotels in Valparaíso or Viña del Mar.
- Pickup and drop-off from selected hotels in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar
- Transportation Insurance
- Bilingual Guide (English & Spanish)
- Entry/Admission - La Sebastiana
- Entry/Admission - Playa Ancha Hill
- Entry/Admission - Plaza Sotomayor
- Entry/Admission - Cerro Concepcion
- Entry/Admission - Paseo Atkinson
- Food and drinks
- Pickup and drop-off from Santiago and hotels outside of Viña del Mar & Valparaiso
- Admission to Pablo Neruda House-Museum
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- It's recommended to use sunscreen; sneakers or shoes without heel; a light jacket in summer and warm jacket in winter.
- This tour doesn't operate the following days: September 18, December 25, and January 1
- A maximum of 10 people per booking
Our guide was Jeffrey, a native of Wisconsin who has lived in Chile for several years. He clearly Valparaiso and he was very well versed on the language, customs, and culture of it. He and his driver took us to many of the top sights--the Maritime museum, the Congress, the ascensiores, the protestant churches, La Sebastiono--the house of Pablo Neruda, and Cerro Concepcion and Cerro Alegro. The tour was a great introduction to Valparaiso and it gave us confidence to do more exploring on our own.
Our guide Victor was great. The tour had some high points but overall mundane.Most of the town is sadly in need of major repairs but we did get to see many sections.