Valparaiso, Chile, is a feast for the senses. The vibrant color painted upon a weary city exemplifies the hope and spirit of humanity.
Valparaiso has a rich history as one of the South Pacific’s most important seaports. In the 19th century, ships going from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans stopped off first at “Little San Francisco” or Valparaiso, Chile. However, after the building of the Panama Canal, the city experienced a serious decline as ships were able to bypass Cape Horn for a shorter route to the West. After almost a century of decay, the city has emerged as a magnet for artists, students and entrepeneurs while attracting an increasing number of tourists, amazed by the City on the Hill.
But the most captivating part of walking the streets of Valparaiso is the Street Art. It’s truly magnificent. These images will provide a glimpse into the magnificent scenes painted on the walls and homes. I encourage you to really look closely at these. The color, creativity and message are brilliant.
They are expression. They are emotion. They are ART.
People find a way. Where there is art, there are smiles. Locals of Valparaiso.
- 2003 Historic Quarter declared UNESCO World Heritage Site
- S. America’s Oldest Stock Exchange
- Chile’s First Library
- S. America’s First Fire Department
- World Class City settled by: GB, FR, Ger, Italy, Spain, Scotland, & Swiss
- Home to Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize. See below!
Chasing ATLAS can create personalized trip for you to this region including a culinary experience in Santiago, biking through the exceptional wine valleys nearby and a quiet trip to a quaint old fishing village to the south. Or maybe use Valparaiso as a launching point for an Antarctic Cruise or onto Easter Island? Or hiking in Patagonia? This area of the world is so rich in culture, food, wine, scenery, history and outdoor activities. If you feel like a trip there is in your future, let us help you explore with experience.