Also known as the “Jewel of the Pacific” Valparaiso is bohemian and colorful and has long inspired poets and writers. Pablo Nerudo may have said it best “Valparaíso, how absurd you are…you haven’t combed your hair, you’ve never had time to get dressed, life has always surprised you.” A few days spent here can easily have you lost strolling the narrow streets, riding its historic funicular elevators, or admiring the local art scene. This World Heritage City is definitely worth the added time on your visit to Chile.
January and February are the hottest months of the year and the locals flock to the beaches for holiday travel. Just up the coast is the quaint beach town of Vina del Mar, the ‘it destination’ for well to do Chileans. To avoid the crowds, we suggest visiting in November and March. If you’re an avid wine drinker, pairing a trip to the Casablanca Valley with this coastal gem in April offers the best of both worlds.