This morning after breakfast, you will be met for your half-day Valparaiso walking tour.
Valparaiso was once an important port, a relevant commercial and logistic hub in the South Pacific Ocean. However, due to the opening of the Panama canal in 1914, earthquakes and fires affecting the port at the beginning of the 20th century, Valparaiso lost its leading position. Nowadays, it has reinvented itself because it was listed as World Heritage by UNESCO; thus, tourism and Chilean boosting economy have helped its recovery. New hotels, restaurants, art workshops and colorful murals have restored its vitality and colors. Moreover, it became the South American capital of Street Art. Because of Valparaiso’s unique geography, the houses and buildings are built climbing up and hanging from the hills and surrounding creeks. This vertical maze creates thousands of hideouts and we can find more than one surprise behind corners. In your half day tour by foot and public transportation, you will visit the surroundings of Echaurren Square, the foundation origins of the Port, the old banking area and Concepcion and Alegre Hills which gather most of the handicraft and artist workshops. You will get there in the famous Funiculars and will visit the house of Poet and 1971 Literature Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda, known as La Sebastiana. This house preserves an interesting collection of objects gathered in his trips around the world or during his visits to antiques shops in Valparaiso.
Following your walking tour, you will proceed for your half day Casablanca wine tour including lunch and tasting.
A visit to Chile wouldn’t be complete without exploring its flourishing wine country. Perfect climatic conditions of hot summers, cool coastal breezes and gentle rainfalls ensure bountiful grape harvests that create delectable varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Carménère, the emblematic grape of Chile which hails from France and is now exclusive to Chile.
Following your tour, you will be returned to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
Casa Higueras Hotel Meals: Breakfast