Valparaiso is about 1.5 hours from Santiago. If the weather in Santiago reminded me of Los Angeles, then the weather in Valparaiso is so much like San Francisco, along with many houses on the hill side, windy but never gets too hot or too cold.
This is a neat town, especially for us who just visited modern and developed Santiago. Valparaiso is famous for its colorful houses on the hillside and graffiti arts over the streets. It's vibrant, lively and unique. You can get lost in this town pretty easily with all the hidden allies and stairs.
Where we stayed
Casa Galos Hotel & Lofts
We stayed total of three nights at Casa Galos Hotel & Lofts. It is located on the hill side of Valparaiso.
Casa Galos Hotel & Lofts is close to all the actions in town, boutique shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and tourist attractions.
The hotel has a very natural organic design. The finishes and decor are super tasteful. The room is spacious and is equipped with a kitchen, which is a huge plus. The staffs are super kind and friendly. They provided us with tips of what to see in the area and recommended different routs to tour the town. On our departure day, we had to catch an early morning flight in Santiago, the hotel staff was so thoughtful to bring us a prepared breakfast the night-before so we can heat it up in the morning.
My favorite place to be at Casa Galos is it's rooftop terrace. It provides a 360 degrees view of the town. Simply relax, with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine on had and watch the world go by.
WHAT I WORE
Jeans: Zara (see similar here)
Shirt: Anthropologie (see similarhere and here)
Shoes: Converse (see here)
Jacket: Mango (see here)
Crossbody bag: Will leather goods (here)
Santiago is a metropolitan city and it's climate is very similar to Los Angeles. We spent total of three nights in Santiago, including the final layover going back to NYC. Both time, we stayed with Carasur Charming Hotel, which is one of the highlights of our South America trip.
Carasur Charming Hotel: Being #1 rated on trip advisory, Carasur Charming well deserves its reputation.
Chilean National Library: I love libraries. Finding this hidden gym was totally pure of luck.
Barrio Bellavista: Charming neighborhood with coffee shops and boutique stores.
Little Italia: Last minute found, recommend by our host Eduard. You will find cool furniture making shops in this place.
Esta CoCo: Delicious seafood restaurent with the coolest decor.
Maple Valley: Scenery drive, well worth checking it out.
Santiago in general is a quite safe city, with a very developed metro system, which makes it very easy to go around places. One thing to watch out is when you get out the airport, make sure to avoid taking private taxis. They ask for more than what a legal taxi and an uber will charge you.
Where we stayed