The charming port city of Valparaíso is one of the most popular excursions for visitors to Santiago. An hour-and-a-half drive west of the Chilean capital, there are a huge number of tour companies offering trips between the two. While these tours often vary in duration, they all offer the chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant colour of Valparaiso.
To help you choose the right one for you, we’ve done some research and picked out five of the best tours to Valparaiso that start in Santiago. In doing so we focused on a number of factors including price, customer reviews, and variety of experience. We hope you find our selection useful.
From $178.22 PER PERSON
Driving west to the coast from Santiago, passing through the central wine-producing valley of Casablanca framed by a wonderful mountain backdrop, the ocean will come into view as your arrive in Valparaiso. Here you’ll climb up Cerro Florida and arrive at the former house of the poet-diplomat Neruda, containing some eye-catching original artefacts and furniture. After, you’ll wander around Cerro Concepción and Cerro Alegre, marvelling at the steep winding streets lined with small and brightly painted houses. Making your way back down the hill using one of the iconic “funicular” elevators, at the bottom, it’s just a short walk to the main square, ‘Sotomayor’, which houses the Monument for the Heroes of the Pacific War and the National Navy headquarters, and is right next door to the historical port district. Next you’ll head to the fashionable neighbouring coastal city Viña del Mar, stopping en route for lunch at a seaside restaurant. The tour ends with the return journey to Santiago.
From $50 approx per person
This 2.5 hour cycling tour takes you into the heart of Casablanca’s cool-climate wine valley in Valparaiso Province. The tour begins in the city of Valparaiso, so guests traveling from Santiago will need to make their own way between the two, meeting in Plaza Sotomayor during mid-morning. From here you’ll be accompanied by an expert guide (known as ‘green gurus’) to the family-owned Kingston Vineyard where you’ll get to know each other and your bikes for the day (La Bicicleta Verde offer the only bike tour experience at the vineyard). When ready, you’ll begin pedalling through Casablanca, weaving between the vines and soaking up the views before ducking into a shaded cove for a wine sampling provided by your guide. In the afternoon you’ll dismount your bike to discover the other side of wine, exploring the vineyard’s innovative cellars and learning about the unique wine making process. Out in the courtyard you’ll enjoy more wine samples before the tour comes to a close early afternoon. Your guide will then give you tips for where to head for lunch and also neighbouring vineyards you may want to visit independently. Tired and want a siesta back at your hotel? Your guide can also call a taxi so you can head back to Valparaiso or show you how to catch a bus to Santiago.
From $90.84 per person
Soak up some of Chile’s mouth-watering wines and the beautiful scenery of Valparaiso during this full-day winery and sightseeing small-group tour. After an early morning pick-up by air-conditioned minivan from your Santiago hotel, you’ll proceed through the scenic outskirts of the city into the vineyards of the Casablanca Valley. At Emiliana Winery, nestled in one of the country’s finest wine-producing areas, you’ll get a tour of the wine-making operation and learn about the symbiotic relationship between local plants and livestock. You’ll also get to sample some of the winery’s latest vintages, accompanied by local cheese or chocolate. Next you’ll move on to Valparaiso where you’ll check out Sotomayor Square and Anibal Porto Square before taking a ride in the Queen Victoria Elevator to enjoy the bohemian buzz of the city’s Cerro Alegre and Concepción areas. After lunch in a local eatery you’ll explore the town’s lighthouse before catching a ride back to Santiago where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.
From $82.51 per person
Sample the magic of two of Chile’s most picturesque coastal towns on this all-day private tour. You’ll be picked up at your Santiago hotel by a comfy minivan and taken to the lush vineyards of the Curacavi and Casablanca valleys. Here you’ll taste some of the region’s signature wines before continuing along the curving coastal road towards the scenic beach area of Renaca. Savour the golden sands and then explore the flower filled streets and gorgeous gardens of Vina del Mar before returning to your vehicle for the next leg of your tour – Valparaiso. Once there, wander through its serpentine streets, dotted with colourful art, and ascend to elevated hilltops on traditional funiculars where you’ll be treated to dramatic ocean vistas. Following a final stop-off at the fascinating Museum of Pablo Neruda, you’ll return to the minivan for a relaxing journey back to Santiago.
From $78.73 per person
Accompanied by a friendly and expert guide, you’ll be picked up from your Santiago hotel in an air-conditioned minivan before traversing the beautiful landscapes towards Valparaiso. After 2.5 hours on the road, you’ll arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city where you’ll stop and admire numerous landmarks and places of interest including Plaza Sotomayor, home to the imposing Chilean Navy Headquarters. Next you’ll be transported to Valparaiso’s summit courtesy of the El Peral elevator. Stroll along the picturesque promenade of Paseo Yugosalvo, marvel at the façade of the Baburrisa Palace, and wander down colourful streets. Later, take the city’s oldest elevator to the top of Cerro Concepcion, a vertiginous hill with stunning views. Ride back down to the financial district to discover the oldest stock exchange in Latin America, then continue to a traditional tavern to enjoy delicious local cuisine. Refuelled, head to the city’s port area for a boat tour around the bay. After returning to dry land, enjoy a refreshing beer or coffee in a popular local bar before you’re taken back to Santiago.