Valparaiso Chile is known as an UNESCO protected city just 1.5 hours away from Santiago. This little town used to play a very important role in the second half of the 19th century, when the city was a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans during the gold rush. Valparaiso (nickname: Valpo) Chile is known for having Latin America’s oldest stock exchange, the continent’s first volunteer fire department, Chile’s first public library and the oldest Spanish language newspaper in continuous publication in the world (pretty impressive).  Unfortunately with the inauguration of the Panama Canal, Valparaiso quickly fell off the map and started to deteriorate.

Valparaiso
Street art in Valpo
Valpo is beautiful. The coastline and the breath-taking old colonial buildings show tourists a glimpse of this city during its golden years. But as time went on, the city started to fall apart and many of these old colonial buildings have since become abandoned and rundown. Crime has become rampant and tourists are warned to stay on the plateau and avoid going to the top of the hills (it gets more dangerous the higher you go).

In fact, do not trust anyone who says that Valpo is safe. I was told by a Chilena that I could walk around the city without any problems. So, I was walking in broad daylight on a fairly busy street when I was robbed by four guys! Please, don’t let my story deter you; this city is certainly something that you do not want to miss.
But, instead of walking around by yourself, I recommend checking out one of Valpo’s many walking tours, like Tours4Tips. Valpo is also recognized as an art hub. Graffiti artists in the region have an unspoken deal where they do not tag or ruin each other’s art. As a result, the city is littered with amazing art and graffiti. There are many companies that also offer graffiti and art tour like Valpo Street Art. This tour company offers a night tour that allows travelers to leave their mark on Valpo by creating their own masterpiece on one of Valpo’s many blank canvases. 
Have you been to Valpo? What would you recommend!

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    1. I was reading through your blogs and just discovered you mentioned us! I like your safety tips for Santiago and Valparaiso!

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