Valparaiso is a cool little town with mild Mediterranean climate about an hour and a half away from Santiago The city’s colorful, clifftop homes and steep hills are best explored by walking around or riding the funiculars up on the hills. The City lost it’s importance as the key port in Latin America due to the construction of Panama canal. However, it is enthralling to the tourist with some of the most prolific Graffiti Artists have made their mark on the town. It has also been the residence of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and if time permits, it is worth paying a visit to one of his residences, La Sebastiana in the city. Once you are in the vibrant city with a bustling food scene and live music, you understand why this town is often called little San Francisco.