Duration: 3 hours. Half Day
Available: all year around.
Plaza Victoria is the perfect starting point for an entertaining walk through the city of Valparaiso. The square is one of the loveliest in Valparaiso and used to be a bull ring in the past. Currently it’s a social meeting place and features a fountain brought over from France with four statues symbolizing the seasons of the year. Facing Plaza Victoria is the Cathedral of Valparaiso. From here, one can ride one of the local trolleys that are part of the Valparaiso Metropolitan area’s transport system. They have been operating since 1952 and are part of the only trolleybus network in Chile today and second oldest in South America. They are an actual national monument on wheels transporting passengers to Anibal Pinto square. From here, a light walk leads to Reina Victoria, an elevator on Cerro Alegre hill and one of the oldest and best restored of this heritage site. One of the best views of the city can be seen from the hill’s vantage point that is only a few steps away from Dimalow alleyway, from where the silhouette of the Lutheran Church on Cerro Concepcion hill and colorful murals can be admired. A walk along Urriola Street will lead to enthralling sites, like “El Desayuno” restaurant and the Anglican Church, a vestige of the past and symbol of the British community’s involvement in the mid-19th century. On the corner of Templeman and Papudo, an alleyway leads to lively neighborhoods, featuring schools, small stores and restaurants of all types. From Beethoven alleyway a wonderful view of the old cemetery that sits almost at the feet of the Lutheran Church can be admired. Continuing along Gervasoni promenade, the city’s oldest elevator leads to Valparaiso’s busiest street, Calle Prat. This is Valparaiso’ main spine road, where since the mid-19th century most of the city’s banking and financial activities have occurred. The tour continues with visits to Plaza Sotomayor, the building of the Shipping Company, Victoria Hotel, the Council of Arts and Culture and the port’s entrance. One of the highlights is the monument and crypt built in honor of the heroes of the Battle of Iquique, after funds were raised among the population to construct this memorial commemorating the sailors who fought in the Iquique and Punta Gruesa battles on 21 May 1879. The last leg of the tour consists of a walk along the city’s narrow sidewalks.