Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile

Valparaiso is a major port and the second largest city in Chile. It is 120km west of the capital, Santiago de Chile. This blue collar city is full of colorful clapboard houses and Victorian mansions built on a circle of steep hills. This stunning panorama is backed by the distant snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera.

Valparaiso has many things to offer the tourist, including great shopping, fine dining, theatre, museums, orchestral and band performances, festivals and sports events. Almost everything is within walking distance, and Valparaiso is located less than two hours from downtown Chicago. Valparaiso is also well known for its raucous nightlife, as sailors’ bars and bordellos line the winding, hilly streets.

Things to see and do

* Funiculars (ascending railways)
* Naval Maritime Museum
* Cielo Abierto open air museum
* Colorful clapboard houses

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Chilean peso (Ch$)
Language – Spanish and Portuguese
Land Area - 15,403.2 km2 (Santiago)
Population – 300,000 +
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – +56

Port Location – Cruise ships dock at Muelle Prat, which is within walking distance to town.

Transport Links – The closest airport is Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL) in Santiago, which offers extensive domestic and international service.

There is a new metro/train that runs from Valparaiso to Viña del Mar and other surrounding communities. Taxis (called "colectivos") run on fixed routes, and are a very common mode of transport between (and inside of) Valparaiso, Viña del Mar and other surrounding areas.

You can easily get to Valparaiso by bus from Santiago. The trip takes less than two hours and there is a wide choice of bus companies and departure times.

To get around Valparaiso you can catch a bus, taxis or subway.

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Cruises from Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile

Cruise Date Duration
Fram, In-Depth Antarctica & Patagonia ex Valparaiso to Santiago 16/10/22 21 nts
Roald Amundsen, Antarctica & Patagonia ex Valparaiso to Buenos Aires 22/10/22 17 nts
Fridtjof Nansen, Antarctica & Patagonia ex Valparaiso to Buenos Aires 23/10/22 17 nts
Scenic Eclipse I, 24 Nights Ultimate Chilean Fjords and Antarctica ex Santiago to Buenos Aires 30/10/22 24 nts
Scenic Eclipse I, 13 Nights Chilean Fjords & Cape Horn ex Santiago to Buenos Aires 30/10/22 13 nts
Silver Explorer, South America ex Valparaiso to Ushuaia 13/11/22 12 nts
Silver Wind, South America ex Valparaiso to Ushuaia 18/11/22 14 nts
Silver Whisper, Tahiti ex Valparaiso to Papeete (Tahiti) 02/12/22 20 nts
Infinity, Patagonia & Argentina ex Valparaiso to Buenos Aires 02/01/23 12 nts
MSC Magnifica, 79 Nights ex Valparaiso, Chile to Civitavecchia, Italy 10/02/23 79 nts
MSC Magnifica, 36 Nights ex Valparaiso, Chile to Sydney, Australia 10/02/23 36 nts
MSC Magnifica, 82 Nights ex Valparaiso, Chile to Barcelona, Spain 10/02/23 82 nts
MSC Magnifica, 81 Nights ex Valparaiso, Chile to Marseille (Provence), France 10/02/23 81 nts
Silver Explorer, South Pacific Islands ex Valparaiso to Papeete (Tahiti) 18/03/23 25 nts
Scenic Eclipse I, 16 Nights Latin America Delights & Peru - cruise & land journey ex Santiago to Cuzco 19/03/23 16 nts
Scenic Eclipse I, 9 Nights Latin America Delights ex Santiago to Callao (Lima) 19/03/23 9 nts
Infinity, Patagonia & Argentina ex Valparaiso to Buenos Aires 23/03/23 12 nts
Ocean Victory, From Chile to Costa Rica ex Valparaiso to Puntarenas 01/04/23 16 nts
Fram, 21 Night In-depth Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition (Southbound) ex Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile to Santiago, Chile 13/10/23 21 nts
Roald Amundsen, 17 Night Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition (Southbound) ex Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina 17/10/23 17 nts
Fridtjof Nansen, 17 Night ex Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina 27/10/23 17 nts
Silver Wind, South America ex Valparaiso to Puerto Williams 01/11/23 12 nts
Silver Wind, 10 Nights South America ex Valparaiso to Puerto Williams 02/11/23 11 nts
Scenic Eclipse II, 13 Nights Chilean Fjords & Cape Horn ex Santiago to Buenos Aires 24/11/23 13 nts
Scenic Eclipse II, 26 Nights Ultimate Chilean Fjords & Weddell Sea ex Santiago to Buenos Aires 24/11/23 26 nts
Europa 2, 21 Night A Direct Route To Paradise In The South Seas ex Valparaiso, Chile to Lautoka, Fiji 11/01/24 21 nts
Scenic Eclipse II, 19 Nights Journey Across the Pacific: Easter Island & French Polynesia ex Santiago to Papeete 13/03/24 19 nts