Valparaiso is about a 3 hour bus ride west of Santiago and is right on the coast. It’s a port town and still has strong influences from the Navy. There are funky artistic graffiti paintings all over town making it so much has fun to explore and a complete sensory over load. Valparaiso is also build on the hillsides of the coast which creates amazing views everywhere you go.
Watch out for the pee filled streets….. Men pee everywhere and anywhere in Chile. You get whiffs of pee in most of the streets and you can typically see men peeing in bushes or on walls.
Here are just a few of the view points and spectacular graffiti works we passed by:
Brunching!! My favorite day was when we went to this lovely cafe that looked out over the town and had views of the water. The cafe just felt nice and comfortable when you walked in. We knew this was going to be a long leisurely brunch right when we sat down and we all ordered bloody Mary’s!
Towards the end of our outing a Brazilian musician started serenading us. We decided we needed a fancy latte and stick around a little longer to enjoy the music. Perfect ending to our 2.5 hour brunch.
Our first night we stumbled across this art event that was promoting a bring your own drinks and enjoy dinner at a cute specialty burger restaurant. These were not just any burger they were fancy gourmet burgers and we ordered delicious calamari to start too. The upstairs patio was full of Chileans socializing and enjoying the night views of the city. So wonderful to be apart of a local event. Later on the downstairs turned into a night club scene and everyone was getting there groove on.
Our first three days in Valparaiso we stayed close to the water so I thought it was a perfect place to go for morning runs….. The board walk was quite grimey and in places I had to run close to the busy roads. However, there were parts that were gorgeous and I had amazing views of the water. Then to top it off I was 3 minutes from home and I tripped on one of the many uneven sidewalks and went down hard! My iPod seemed to be the first thing to smash the ground then I rolled to my hip. A cracked Ipod and a blow to my ego is how I ended that run.