Valparaiso Cruise Port (Muelle Prat)
Situated midway down the extensive Chilean coast, Valparaíso—or, Valpo—is a quirky town best explored on foot and in the company of a local guide who can provide cultural and historical context for one of the oldest cities in Chile. If exploring independently, don’t miss the funiculars, street art, or Pablo Neruda’s former residence, La Sebastiana.
Meanwhile, time-pressed travelers may prefer a shore excursion that combines both Valpo and Viña del Mar; visits the nearby vineyards of the Casablanca Valley; or heads inland to Santiago. Various convenient tour combinations are available, meaning there’s something to suit most.
Things to Know Before You Go
- It’s worth spending some time exploring UNESCO-recognized Valparaíso before heading to nearby Viña del Mar or Santiago.
- Save time and money by arranging your transportation to Santiago in advance or depart from the dedicated bus terminal instead of the dock.
- Shuttles take passengers from the ship to the Muelle Prat Cruise Terminal, which is just a short walk from town.
- Pack comfortable shoes because walking is the best way to get to know hilly Valparaíso—as such, many areas are not easily wheelchair accessible.
- Don’t miss the funiculars which connect the downtown to other nearby neighborhoods.
How to Get to Valparaiso From the Valparaiso Cruise Port
Cruise ships dock at Muelle Prat, which is within easy walking distance of town. Shuttles, taxis, and shore excursions also depart from the Valaparaíso Cruise Port.
The official language of Chile is Spanish, but Portuguese is commonly spoken around Valparaíso. The currency is the Chilean peso. The modern port facility offers a variety of services ranging from conference facilities to shops and cafés.