Your artistic journey begins with a funicular ride up to a local neighbourhood that’s not often visited by tourists.
Upon arrival we’ll head towards two important hills that are steeped in the history of Valparaíso; Cerro Barón and Cerro Lecheros. From here, you’ll be able to enjoy awesome views of the city and admire some of its most important (UNESCO-approved) historic buildings, such as the iconic church that was used as a lighthouse for sailors during the 19th Century.
This neighbourhood is very special to street art enthusiasts because it’s where the ‘Valparaíso‘Valparaíso en Colores’ project was created by inspirational non-profit organisation ‘En Colores.’ The team at En Colores invited some of Chile’s most talented artists to paint elaborate murals on the sides of local buildings, transforming the area into a vibrant celebration of street art and creative expression.
We are focussing our attention on twelve large murals. The subject matter in each art work was discussed and decided upon during a join conversation between the artists and the neighbours, meaning that each piece is a great representation of local people.
As we stroll around admiring the murals, we’ll learn about the artists that created them and about the meaning behind them. We´ll also see landscape interventions that En Colores has made to improve the lifestyle of local inhabitants, adding trees and flowers to improve the overall look and feel of the area. The charity is working alongside locals citizens, giving them the tools and resources to help them maintain their beautiful new green space.
The views from this area are impressive (if you have an Instagram account, there’s no way you’ll be able to avoid adding a bragging landscape shot to make your followers jealous) and we’ll spend some time gazing out over the hills and the city towards the ocean, taking everything in.
Next up, we’ll travel with the locals on a public bus to an art studio located on yet another hill of Valparaíso . Here we’ll meet some of the artists that participated in the mural project and take a closer look at more of their work.
Now is your opportunity to get creative yourself as you get a lesson in street art from one of the artists at the studio. You’ll be handed a spray can and it’s up to you to create something inspirational (or hilarious – or whatever you want it to be). Your guide will be on hand to take photos to make sure you will always remember that time you created mind-blowing art on the streets of Valparaíso.
A gentle stroll downhill will take us to Plaza Aníbal Pinto, where your tour ends. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your guide for more tips on what else to see and do while you’re in town.
Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, street art workshop
Exclusions: Food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.