Street Art in Valparaíso, Chile

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Only two hours northwest from the Chilean capital of Santiago sits the eccentric port city of Valparaíso. Some consider it the San Francisco of South America. Valpo, as the locals like to call it, has all the charms of a hillside town overlooking the sea.

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Parts of the city looks elegant, refined, and very old, like Europe. Other parts are a mishmash of architecture typical to many South American cities, with neighborhoods climbing up the sides of the city’s 48 hills, surrounding the bay.

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Valparaíso has a thriving marketplace.
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It also has various modes of noteworthy transportation (ascensor & trolley bus).

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Not to mention a picturesque port near white sand beaches.

I was content seeing just those sites. It wasn’t until our serendipitous art walk that I realized why this city of more than 284,000 inhabitants was so remarkable.

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Valparaíso is surging with vibrant street art, cultural displays, and quirky graffiti done by intriguing imaginations unleashed with cans of spray paint.

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Life here does appear to be imitating art. The woman causally strolling on the street looks like she posed for this mural.

Here is some of my favorite artwork.

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Valparaíso, Chile | She Paused 4 Thought
Of course one would expect spiderman to be hanging out here.
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With all of this inspiration, how could I not join in the fun?
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I left my mark on Valparaíso, as it did on me.

To see the rest of my photos of Valparaíso on Flickr, click here.

This city is really worth more days to wander aimlessly about and partake in a unique cultural pastime (without getting arrested, of course).
…and then, she paused for thought.

Disclaimer: There are several companies in Valparaiso that have designated places for tourist to unleash their inner graffiti artist. No vandalism happened in the creation of this post.

22 thoughts on “Street Art in Valparaíso, Chile

  1. Susan Herrmann

    Cathy, how is it that you got your own spray paint and didn’t get arrested…or did you?
    These photos are an amazingly wild ride through the street art. Loved this.

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  2. Leslie Macchiarella

    Wow! You musta’ been in your element with all these amazing photographs of the street art! I especially love your Flickr pic of the Columbina Restaurant sign. All are just amazing with their vibrant colors and designs! So glad we got a chance to armchair travel with you.

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    1. Cathy Arkle Post author

      I think I only showed a small sampling of all the intriguing sights to see. The experience of being there is what is so special. I recommend this one for the bucket list.

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  3. Judy at My Well Seasoned Life

    I’ve been living vicariously through your incredible posts. It’s as though I’ve been traveling with you. After seeing this post, I now must book a ticket. I love seeing street art and you’ve captured the sensation so well. Thanks.

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    1. Cathy Arkle Post author

      Valparaiso has been in the news quite frequently because of the huge fires it has had. They day after we left they had another one. So sad. Everything about this town is intriquing. It is a bucket-list destination in my book.

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