Street Art in Valparaíso, Chile

Valparaíso, Chile | She Paused 4 Thought

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.

Valparaíso, Chile | She Paused 4 Thought

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.

Valparaíso, Chile | She Paused 4 Thought
Valparaíso has a thriving marketplace.
Valparaíso, Chile | She Paused 4 Thought

It also has various modes of noteworthy transportation (ascensor & trolley bus).

Valparaíso, Chile | She Paused 4 Thought

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.

Valparaíso, Chile | She Paused 4 Thought

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

Valparaíso, Chile | She Paused 4 Thought

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.

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

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.

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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22 Responses to Street Art in Valparaíso, Chile

  1. Susan Herrmann May 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

    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.

    • Cathy Arkle May 24, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

      LOL Susan, They have areas where tourists can try their hand at graffiti. I can now cross that off my bucket list. 🙂

  2. Leslie Macchiarella May 24, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    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.

    • Cathy Arkle May 24, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

      So glad you enjoyed them Leslie, there was so much art everywhere it was so hard to choose what photos to post.

  3. Sue @ It's Okay to Eat the Cupcake May 25, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    What gorgeous photos, Cathy! It does look like a very cool place, very similar vibes to San Francisco. Loved hearing about this!

    • Cathy Arkle May 26, 2015 at 9:05 am #

      Thanks Sue, it was a very unique place that I hope to get back to someday.

  4. CHERI NEWELL May 25, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

    Thank you for letting me live vicariously through you!!! You saved me a trip because I know you showed me the best parts!!! Awesome!!!

    • Cathy Arkle May 26, 2015 at 9:06 am #

      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.

  5. Judy at My Well Seasoned Life May 26, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    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.

    • Cathy Arkle May 27, 2015 at 9:51 am #

      Thanks Judy. I am glad you are along for the ride. You will love Chile.

  6. Kelly Page (@TastingPage) May 26, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    Wow, wow, wow. Those are amazing photos! What a gorgeous city. The colors are so vibrant and yes, I get the South American feel with old European charm. I must go! Thanks for taking me there!

    • Cathy Arkle May 27, 2015 at 9:54 am #

      Thanks Kelly. It was a great mix of architecture, culture, food and street art.

  7. Lentil Breakdown May 27, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Que fantastico! I really have only heard the name of this place but have never seen pics. Amazing photos! This is my kinda town! Got any more shots of that market? 😉

    • Cathy Arkle June 4, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

      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.

  8. Yakir Levy May 27, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    Thank you Cathy for sharing your travel-to-Valparaíso inspiring post.

  9. Sippitysup May 28, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    So impressive. This is a must visit destination. I’m sorry I missed it on my recent SoAm trip. GREG

    • Cathy Arkle June 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks Greg, you would have really love it. Next time…

  10. lynne @ cookandbemerry June 7, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    I like that the great street art has not been graffitied over, like so many in LA. Such a great travel post. Thanks.

    • Cathy Arkle June 20, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

      Thanks Lynne! So sad about LA, I agree with you.

  11. Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva June 25, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    What great street art. Hope to make it there sometime.

    • Cathy Arkle July 5, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

      Christy it is bucket-list material. You will love it.

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