Best Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile - We are not Hippies, we are Happies

The Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

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Every time I was buzzed into my hostel in Valparaiso, Chile, the woman at the front desk would ask me, “A dónde fuiste?”: “Where did you go?”

“Solo caminar,” I’d say. “Just for a walk.”*

Because that’s what I did in Valparaiso: I walked. I walked on my own. I walked on an official walking tour. I walked on an unofficial, impromptu, walking tour with my hostelmates. I walked.

Valparaiso is a walking city, and there’s one thing to see while walking: The street art.


The street art in Valparaiso, Chile, covers most of the edifices, every inch of blank space. Around every corner there is some new drawing to see, some new painting taking over a building, some new graffiti filling a crevice. You can spend hours just walking, observing the Valparaiso street art. There is plenty of it.

Funnily enough, it’s actually illegal to write on the walls in Valparaiso. But homeowners, building owners, can give permission to artists to paint on their homes, and they do so because they would rather have the original artwork there than a gang symbol. And so the city is one big canvas, one big art gallery, one big showcase. Definitely one for your bucket list.

Want to see?

Photos of the best street art in Valparaiso, Chile:

Best Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile - We are not Hippies, we are Happies

Best Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile - faces with large eyes, noses, and lips on a door

Best Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile - alien and a dwarf

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Best Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile - old woman on a building

Best Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile - colorfully painted steps

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Best Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile - black and white painting of a man blowing colors

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Best Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile - old woman in glasses on a pink building

Best Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile - raised hand

Best Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile - Siompro

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Best Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile - Pablo Neruda

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile

 

 

p.s. If you walk around Valparaiso, you will probably have a dog following you. Like “Lebron” here who followed us all around the city for three hours one day.

Street dog in Valparaiso, Chile

 

 

p.p.s. Since Valparaiso is built on cerros (hills) it can get difficult to get around. So, if you get tired you can always take one of the many ascensores, rickety old elevators that go up and down the hills.

ascensores in Valparaiso, Chile

Or, you know, you can take a slide…

Slide between levels in Valparaiso, Chile

*Or something like that, my Spanish is still pretty awful.


Brick Lane street art in London and The Wall Project in Mumbai, India.

Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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