Valparaíso is a mecca for those who are on the hunt for good street art destinations in the world. Valparaíso lies on the edge of the Pacific Ocean an easy 90 minutes Northwest of Santiago, Chile. If you are already headed to the seaside town of Viña del Mar, you are a quick 15 minutes away by car, taxi, bus, or train to this heaven for color.
Street Art Valparaíso Chile
I thoroughly enjoyed our walks around Valparaíso, as it seemed every alley and sidewalk had many treasures to display. This one on top of the numerous pieces that flanked the streets winding through the area. Much like Sydney the was respect for fellow artists, and we didn’t see many instances of a piece on top of a piece. Some of this might stem from that fact that there was an abundance of paintable surfaces. There was a good use of space and several pieces that cleverly curtailed to their location.
I was disappointed in the much written about Valparaíso Open Air Museum. Many of the pieces were starting to show their age, which I am sure is expedited by the ocean air. It just felt lacking when compared to any random alley that we walked down. I did, however, like the narrow Atahualpa road stretching up from Plaza El Descanso.
The neighborhoods/cerros of Bella Vista, Concepcion, and Alegre are where you want to spend the majority of your time. These cerros are brimming with piece after piece, and when you need a break, there is a variety of wonderful cafes scattered all around you. While there are pieces scattered throughout most of the city, it is not necessarily the areas that you want to visit. Though we didn’t enter a bad neighborhood while wondering the city, there is no need to visit the others.
Be Aware Of
It is important to keep your eyes on the roads as you walk around. Many of the sidewalks are filled with landmines from the dog population, and some of the steps are crumbling on the many staircases around town.
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