This is a neat town, especially for us who just visited modern and developed Santiago. Valparaiso is famous for its colorful houses on the hillside and graffiti arts over the streets. It’s vibrant, lively and unique. You can get lost in this town pretty easily with all the hidden allies and stairs.
- Streets in Valparaiso: Walking around and enjoying the graffiti arts is a must do.
- La Sebastiana: House that belongs to the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. This is by far one of the most unique houses I have ever seen through my travel. Highly recommended to get the audio tour and follow along. Every object in the house has its own history.
- Ascensors: When you are in Valparaiso, this is a must do. These are escalators that were built in the early 20th century which are still in use today for commuting from the flat area to the hill side.
- Safety: There are areas in Valparaiso that are not very safe. When we first arrived at our hotel, we noticed that all the doors are locked once it gets dark outside. Our hotel staff told us that we should take percussion if we are going to visit Paseo 21 de Mayo. Pick-pocketing is very common around the Square area before riding the the Ascensor up to Paseo 21 de Mayo.
- Comfortable shoes: Make sure you wear a pair of comfy shoes as there are many hills in town.
- Restaurants: We recommend Gente Feliz Cafeteria . Home cooked meal, they serve what they make for the day which means the menu changes everyday. Best place for lunch or or dinner!
Casa Galos Hotel & Lofts
Casa Galos Hotel & Lofts is close to all the actions in town, boutique shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and tourist attractions.
The hotel has a very natural organic design. The finishes and decor are super tasteful. The room is spacious and is equipped with a kitchen, which is a huge plus. The staffs are super kind and friendly. They provided us with tips of what to see in the area and recommended different routs to tour the town. On our departure day, we had to catch an early morning flight in Santiago, the hotel staff was so thoughtful to bring us a prepared breakfast the night-before so we can heat it up in the morning.
My favorite place to be at Casa Galos is it’s rooftop terrace. It provides a 360 degrees view of the town. Simply relax, with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine on had and watch the world go by.
Shirt: Anthropologie (see similarhere and here)
Shoes: Converse (see here)
Jacket: Mango (see here)
Crossbody bag: Will leather goods (here)