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Very educational, interesting and photo-perfect tour of Valparaíso.
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Assure that you won't get lost in Valparaíso's maze with these knowledgeable guides.
Tours4Tips is a walking tour in Chile's fabled port city of Valparaíso, a veritable warren of hills and alleys and stairways that many visitors find difficult to navigate.
The tour starts in Plaza Sotomayor, and you won't miss your guide, as he's standing in the signature Where's Waldo red and white striped shirt. History of the plaza, the history of the city and the significance of the Valparaiso port in the past and present is discussed. From here you wend your way up the hills, ultimately walking on Cerros Alegre and Concepción, taking a funicular up the hillside, and even taking one of the old trolley buses back downtown. En route there are visits to the occasional gallery, alfajores (chocolate covered, dulce-de-leche filled cookies), and the trip ends with a small pisco sour and conversation.
The guide tells stories about particular points of interest, including places travelers might like to stop for a bite, but there is no hard sell. The tour moves at an easy pace, but uneven sidewalks and staircases are the norm in Valparaíso, so sturdy walking shoes are a must.
The tour starts daily from Plaza Sotomayor (near the Puerto train station) at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM and lasts about three hours. Tour participants choose how much to give as a tip and pay at the end of the tour.