Valparaiso is just a two hour bus ride west of Santiago. This colorful seaside town offered a variety of interesting places to sleep, from very comfortable bed and breakfast inn with ocean view to our minimalist ‘green’ room at Hostel Pilcomayo. Many artists live in Valparaiso. Murals and carefully painted windows and entry ways were everywhere, so do handicraft vendors.
There were lots of restaurants with hanging terraces or outdoor patios for us to relax, enjoy the view and sip afternoon tea. When we got tired of the lazy, breezy atmosphere, we took a short trolley ride south to Vina del Mar for the lively bar scene.