Valparaiso gained cruising popularity during the late 19th century when it became a major stopping point for ships travelling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as they crossed the Strait of Magellan. Located in central Chile, Valparaiso is northwest of Chile’s capital, Santiago. Cruise to Valparaiso, which is commonly referred to as “The Jewel of the Pacific” for its unique urban design and architecture. Both of which earned it the distinction of being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Valparaiso, which is built on dozens of steep hillsides, offers incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. Most cruises depart and visit Valparaiso from fall to spring when the weather is typically very mild. Featured below are a few of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Valparaiso, Chile:
- Sip on incredible Chilean wines, which are some of the best in the world, at the many vineyards located in the Maipo Valley.
- In their free time, many locals “paint the city”, leaving a beautiful graffiti trail which winds through the streets and has the most colorful and beautiful paintings. Graffiti is an important part of Valparaiso’s culture and is considered to be a major art form.
- Visit La Sebastiana, home to Pablo Neruda, who was considered to be one of the best poets of the 20th century. His home has been transformed into a museum to honor him.
- The San Francisco Church is a National Monument that once served as a lighthouse to ships who were arriving to Valparaiso, and it was the first recognizable point of the city.