Valparaiso Holidays

Known locally as Valpo this is the third largest city in the country, located 70 miles west of the capital Santiago. Established in 1544 Valparaiso was one of the Pacific’s most important ports in the late 19th century, when it thrived as a major stopover for the voyages between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans passing through the Magellan Straits. The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 and the resulting loss of shipping was a devastating blow, however and the city was forced to re-invent itself.
 
It has bounced back very successfully and the historic port quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area still reflects its former maritime dominance and multinational immigration. It is now officially Chile’s Cultural Capital.
 
Valparaiso’s attractive maze of cobbled streets and brilliantly multi-coloured buildings, have become a major international tourist attraction, with cruise ships visits becoming ever more frequently. It has become Chile’s foremost educational and cultural centre, with numerous universities, festivals, street musicians and artist and street traders. You can take a walking tour of the street art, a boat trip round the harbour or a ride on what is claimed to be the oldest working trolleybus in the world.
 
For advice on tailor-made Valparaiso holidays, ring our friendly South America team on 01582 766122 or email us via our online form to start planning a trip.
 
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No Valparaiso holiday would be complete without riding the many funicular elevators, installed to tackle the hillsides surrounding the amphitheatre-like backdrop to the main urban area. Some of these are 130 years old, but quite safe, and whether you ride or walk up, the panoramic views of the city and the ocean are stunning and well worth the effort.
 
This is a cool and laid-back place, which has retained an unmistakable, and spontaneous, quirky old port atmosphere. With its abundance of hotels, bars, shops, markets, restaurants, galleries, colonial architecture and a multitude of ancient churches to explore, this is a varied and fun city to visit.
 
Valparaiso + Winelands (self drive) + Patagonia
CCC12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
International flights and car hire quoted separately
If you would like to self-drive in Chile, this holiday is for you. Starting from Santiago, explore the historic port of Valparaiso on the Pacific Coast - a World Heritage Site - before heading inland to enjoy wine tasting in the Chilean winelands. Then fly to Torres del Paine in spectacular Patagonia to see the Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers & mush more. Car hire in the north & transfers in Patagonia included.
Photo Self Drive Chile Winelands Valparaiso Patagonia Santiago
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Vina del Mar
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Winelands
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Puerto Natales
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Serrano Glacier
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Ultima Esperanza Fjord
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Patagonia Icefields
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Vina del Mar
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Winelands
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Puerto Natales
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Serrano Glacier
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Ultima Esperanza Fjord
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Patagonia Icefields
Deserts of Chile, including Giant of the Atacama
CRD10S
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
International flights quoted separately
See the amazing "Giant of the Atacama" and other ancient Inca geoglyphs (large artworks sketched into the landscape) on this holiday. Visit stunning Chungara Lake & Lauca National Park, with its breathtaking desert & volcano scenery, as well as the flamingos & salt flats around Chaxa Lagoon. All transfers included.
Giant of the Atacama Geoglyphs Chungara Lake Lauca National Park
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Arica
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Putre
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Lauca National Park
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Chungara Lake
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Giant of the Atacama
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Iquique
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Mountain & Moon Valley
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Arica
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Putre
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Lauca National Park
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Chungara Lake
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Giant of the Atacama
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Iquique
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Mountain & Moon Valley
Escorted Tour: Grand Chile
CYA12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,595
International flights quoted separately
This spectacular tour combines Santiago with the saltflats of the Atacama Desert & the stunning mountains, lakes and glaciers of Patagonia in Chile. Torres Del Paine National Park will take your breath away and the landscapes of the Atacama will stay with you forever. Also visit Valparaiso & view the El Tatio Geysers. English speaking guides, all transfers & excursions included.
Tour Chile Patagonia Atacama Photo Torres Del Paine El Tatio Geysers
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