To get the best experience in Valparaiso you need to book one of our local friendly tour guides. He will be able to show you around, make you feel like a local. Whether you want to see the tourist sites or visit places off the beaten track and discover new experiences, then our Guides4me guide is there to make it happen.
Francisco is 45 years old and is LGBT friendly, speaks Spanish and English.
He was born in Santiago and has worked for more than 10 years as a tour guide in the cities of Santiago and Valparaíso. Francisco is a fan of local culture and history, he loves nature, plants and birds. He knows each of the most entertaining places in the city. Passionate about traditional food and also believes that if you love good wine, Chile is definitely your kind of place.
Total cost for the guide services of Francisco for one day (8 hours) = a booking fee of USD 25 Paypal plus USD 100 in cash to Francisco after his services. This makes a total of USD 125.
This excludes any transport, entrance fees or any food & beverage costs.
“Francisco was polite, very friendly, considerate and professional. Being my first time in Chile, I felt safe with him. We started communications within minutes of me confirming my booking and he really listened to what I wanted to do etc. He made great suggestions that I didn’t even know about. I would definitely recommend him for anyone coming to Santiago. ” – Jonathan, USA.
Valparaíso is best known for its steep funiculars and colourful, clifftop houses. La Sebastiana, is the former residence of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Now a museum with far reaching Pacific views. During the 19th century, a large influx of European immigrants left their mark on both the city’s architecture and culture.
Valparaíso is known as Valpo to its locals. A Chilean city steeped in history. Once known as the “The Jewel of South America”, has made Valparaíso a must visit destination in Chile.
Wander the city’s colourful streets.
Many of Valparaíso’s streets are full of beautiful pieces of art. This is the main tourist attraction in Valparaíso. Why not get lost in the winding streets of the Concepción neighbourhood? In the heart of Valparaíso, you’ll notice a bright yellow house sitting on the top of a cliff. This is known as Concepción. This neighbourhood (barrio) is a lovely place to spend an afternoon walking the streets and checking out the art on the alleyways and sides of buildings.
Take in the city’s history at the Parque Cultural de Valparaíso.
Originally a Spanish fort, which then afterwards became a prison. Previously used to house and torture political prisoners during the Pinochet dictatorship. Now, thankfully a community space for art and culture. Here you can see art of former prisoners, young people practising dance routines and (if you are lucky) an exhibition.
Finally, whatever you choose to do in Valparaiso, it will be a unique and memorable experience of a lifetime, with a Guides4me guide, who will look after you and by the end of the trip you’ve made a best friend.