Ascensor Artillera Funicular, © Can Stock Photo / flocu
Visit Valparaiso – Funiculars
Visit Valparaiso funiculars to reach the hilltops of the Old Town. The fee is very inexpensive, but the trip is an adventure. The funiculars are wooden boxes on cable routes that were established over 100 years ago. So, the fare may not feel like a bargain once you get on board. On the hill tops, enjoy a maze of narrow pathways filled with extravagant graffiti, viewpoints, cafes, museums and B&Bs. Read our Valparaíso Shore Excursion blog.
Walk from the port or catch the trolley to the Acensor Artillera at the Customs Building (Aduana). It’s the last stop on the green trolley. Ride up past Casa Quatro Vientos to the Paseo 21 del Mayo and its viewpoint. This is a classic Valparaíso photo location, but other than the Naval Maritime Museum, there isn’t a lot to see after taking this funicular.
Navy Headquarters, © Can Stock Photo / PierivB
Visit Valparaiso – Walking Tour Part 1
Start in Plaza Sotomayor, which is the main square by the port. Take a self-guided tour or you simply can’t beat Tours4Tips, which offers daily tours for a tip that you determine. At Plaza Sotomayor’s entrance is the Monument to the Heroes of Iquique. The Chilean Navy Headquarters dominates the square. Beside it is the National Council for Culture and the Arts . The Palace of Justice is behind the navy Headquarters. Just before it is the Ascensor El Peral (funicular) up to Cerro Alegre. Check our Visit Valparaíso Walking Tour map.
Visit Valparaiso – Walking Tour Part 2
Walking Tour Part 2 – On Cerro Alegre, walk the Paseo Yugoslavo (Yugoslavian Promenade). See the fine art museum in Baburizza Palace. Then descend along Bavestrello, cross Urriola and ascend Paseo Galvez to Paseo Gervasoni. Look down on the Reloj Turri (Turri Clock). Have coffee at Cafe Turri . Next venture to the nearby Casa Museo Mirador de Lukas museum and the Anglican Church of St. Paul. It was built a few years before the 1869 repeal of the law that made Catholicism the only legal religion in Chile. On Paseo Gervasoni, take the Concepcion Funicular back down to Pratt St or continue the hillside walking tour.
Visit Valparaiso – Walking Tour Part 3
Walking Tour Part 3 – Visit Paseo Atkinson for its unique architecture. Pass the Lutheran Church. Get lost in the alleyways in Paseo Dimlow and enjoy the street art. Head down to the lower city on Ascensor Reina Victoria (funicular). Then walk down Cumming to the Cinzano bar and Plaza Anibal Pinto. From there take the trolley onward to Plaza Victoria or back to Plaza Sotomayor.
Hotel Brighton, Paseo Atkinson
Visit Valparaiso – Walking Tour Part 4
Walking Tour Part 4 – Arrive by trolley at Plaza Victoria and see the Cathedral of Valparaíso. Then walk a block south and west on Aldunate to the Ascensor Espiritu Santo (funicular). At the top wander the Ruta BellaVista and see the murals of the Open Sky Museum. Return on the same funicular and walk a couple blocks to the restaurant called Casino Social J Cruz.
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Stay in the heart of the tourist graffiti district, with views down to the harbor.