Valparaiso: Chile's Colorful Port

Valparaiso: Chile's Colorful Port

Posted May 6, 2016

Covering a long, thin strip of land between the Andes and the Pacific, Chile is a nation shaped by the sea. The countless winding fjords, inlets, and channels along Chile’s Patagonian coast have called to adventurers for centuries, and famed explorer Ferdinand Magellan has a strait (and a penguin species) named after him in Chile.

But the wild southern region shouldn’t be all that comes to mind when thinking about Chile’s coastal allure. In fact, National Geographic listed the colorful Chilean port of Valparaiso among its “Best Trips of 2013.” The closest true port city to the nation’s capital of Santiago, Valparaiso has been one of the South Pacific’s most significant ports since the 1800s, when sailors called it “little San Francisco” for its steeply plunging streets and stacked, colorful wooden houses.

Check out National Geographic’s story to read the article get a better appreciation of this bohemian city. And if you want to visit Valparaiso with us, be sure to check out our South American Tapestry and Patagonian Frontiers small-group tours.

Valparaiso image via Flickr