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Valparaiso is a beautiful port city located in central Chile, on the country’s Pacific coast. It is the second most populous city in the country and is a major cultural hub. Valparaiso is known for its colorful buildings, steep hills, and old-world charm.

The city is situated about 120 kilometers northwest of Santiago, Chile’s capital. It is located on the Gulf of Valparaiso, which is part of the Pacific Ocean. Valparaiso has a humid subtropical climate, with mild temperatures year-round.

Valparaiso was founded in 1536 by the Spanish conquistador Don Pedro de Valdivia. It served as an important port city during the colonial era, and the city’s port remains one of the largest in Chile. Valparaiso was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, due to its unique architecture and its historical importance.

Valparaiso is known for its vibrant culture and art scene. The city is home to numerous museums, galleries, and theaters. It is also home to a number of festivals and events throughout the year, including the International Music Festival and the Valparaiso Carnival.

Valparaiso has a long history of political activism. In 1973, the city was the site of the first protest against the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. In 2014, the city was the site of the first major protest of the student movement in Chile.

Valparaiso is a vibrant city that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and art. It is a great destination for travelers who are looking for a unique experience in Chile.

Excursion tips for a day in Valparaiso

Valparaiso is a vibrant coastal city in Chile, full of culture and history. On a day trip to Valparaiso, tourists can explore the city's unique attractions and experience the culture of the city. Here are some activities to consider while visiting Valparaiso:

1. Visit the colorful neighborhoods of Valparaiso, such as Cerro Alegre, Cerro Concepción, and Cerro Bellavista.

2. Take a ride on one of the city's iconic funiculars, known as ascensores, for a spectacular view of the city.

3. Wander the streets and admire the street art and graffiti.

4. Explore the many museums in the city, such as the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Naval and Maritime Museum.

5. Visit the historic Sotomayor Square and the nearby Plaza Sotomayor.

6. Take a stroll along the port and enjoy the views of the bay.

7. Sample the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the city.

8. Enjoy a show at the Valparaiso Theater or the Valparaiso Cultural Center.

9. Take a boat tour of the bay and visit the nearby coastal towns.

10. Shop at one of the many markets and shops in the city.

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The climate in Valparaiso

Valparaiso in Chile has a mild Mediterranean climate with four distinct seasons. During the summer months from December to February, temperatures can range from 16 to 25 degrees Celsius, with high humidity and occasional rain. Spring (September to November) is mild and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. Autumn (March to May) is also mild and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. Winter (June to August) is mild and wet, with temperatures ranging from 8 to 16 degrees Celsius and frequent rain.

Cruise weather for Valparaiso

Our weather forecast for Valparaiso helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 17.7 °C
min: 8.1 °C
26.3 m/s
36.4 m/s
50.2 %
24.1 m
73.8 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 15.9 °C
min: 8.2 °C
13.0 m/s
13.3 m/s
15.0 %
24.1 m
76.0 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 14.7 °C
min: 7.9 °C
13.3 m/s
18.0 m/s
60.5 %
23.7 m
81.9 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 18.7 °C
min: 8.3 °C
11.9 m/s
11.5 m/s
25.7 %
24.1 m
71.7 %
1,023 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 16.3 °C
min: 8.8 °C
22.3 m/s
30.6 m/s
92.1 %
24.1 m
72.3 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 14.8 °C
min: 6.1 °C
13.7 m/s
15.1 m/s
4.8 %
24.0 m
78.4 %
1,023 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 18.6 °C
min: 7.5 °C
11.9 m/s
13.7 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
67.6 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 15.5 °C
min: 6.8 °C
9.0 m/s
8.6 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
61.1 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 20.2 °C
min: 7.7 °C
9.0 m/s
9.0 m/s
95.8 %
24.1 m
48.8 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 14.7 °C
min: 10.6 °C
8.6 m/s
8.3 m/s
100.0 %
24.1 m
62.7 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 16.6 °C
min: 11 °C
8.3 m/s
7.9 m/s
100.0 %
24.1 m
52.1 %
1,015 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 20.3 °C
min: 11.2 °C
10.1 m/s
10.8 m/s
6.4 %
24.1 m
62.7 %
1,017 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 19.2 °C
min: 11 °C
17.6 m/s
24.1 m/s
70.9 %
24.1 m
74.9 %
1,018 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 19.5 °C
min: 10.1 °C
23.8 m/s
33.8 m/s
98.5 %
24.1 m
74.0 %
1,018 hPa

Cruises to Valparaiso

Would you like to travel to Valparaiso on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Valparaiso.

Scheduled ship calls in Valparaiso, Chile
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Oct. 19th 2024 Saturday, 19th of Oct. 2024 LE LYRIAL 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Nov. 7th 2024 Thursday, 7th of Nov. 2024 Silver Cloud Expedition 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Nov. 18th 2024 Monday, 18th of Nov. 2024 Silver Wind Expedition 08:00 am 07:00 pm
Nov. 20th 2024 Wednesday, 20th of Nov. 2024 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 21st 2025 Tuesday, 21st of Jan. 2025 Vasco da Gama 08:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 22nd 2025 Wednesday, 22nd of Jan. 2025 Vasco da Gama 12:00 am 01:00 pm
Feb. 9th 2025 Sunday, 9th of Feb. 2025 MSC Magnifica 08:00 am 11:59 pm
Feb. 10th 2025 Monday, 10th of Feb. 2025 MSC Magnifica 12:01 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 13th 2025 Thursday, 13th of Mar. 2025 HANSEATIC nature 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 27th 2025 Thursday, 27th of Mar. 2025 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 31st 2025 Monday, 31st of Mar. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Oct. 12th 2025 Sunday, 12th of Oct. 2025 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 11:00 pm
Oct. 28th 2025 Tuesday, 28th of Oct. 2025 LE LYRIAL 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Nov. 2nd 2025 Sunday, 2nd of Nov. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 07:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 7th 2025 Friday, 7th of Nov. 2025 LE BOREAL 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 5th 2025 Friday, 5th of Dec. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 30th 2026 Friday, 30th of Jan. 2026 Silver Whisper 12:00 pm 12:00 am
Jan. 31st 2026 Saturday, 31st of Jan. 2026 Silver Whisper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 1st 2026 Sunday, 1st of Feb. 2026 Silver Whisper 12:00 am 02:00 pm
Feb. 15th 2026 Sunday, 15th of Feb. 2026 MS Vista 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Mar. 6th 2026 Friday, 6th of Mar. 2026 MS Europa 2 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 7th 2026 Saturday, 7th of Mar. 2026 MS Europa 2 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 15th 2026 Sunday, 15th of Mar. 2026 Silver Whisper 12:00 pm 12:00 am
Mar. 16th 2026 Monday, 16th of Mar. 2026 Silver Whisper 12:00 am 08:00 pm
Mar. 28th 2026 Saturday, 28th of Mar. 2026 Silver Cloud Expedition 07:00 am 12:00 am

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