This group of street art photos was taken almost exclusively on our last day in Valparaiso. We joined one of the “Tours for Tips” walking tours around the town.
There are several such walking tours in Valpo (as the locals call it), and we don’t really know if one is better than another. Most of them seem to cover the same route, more or less, which we noticed because we met several other groups along the way. The only suggestion we have is to ask fellow travellers, maybe at your hotel or hostel, if they went on one and what they thought of it. The only reason we went on this particular one was that we had been given their free city map, and had made use of it on the previous days.
Valparaiso StreetArt: at the top of Cerro Constitucion, where the funicular ends, is a small plaza surrounded with street art. This old dame of a house has its retaining wall painted. In front is a slide from the elevated walkway down to the plaza.
Valparaiso StreetArt: at the top of Cerro Constitucion, where the funicular ends. The theme of insect-, bird-, and other animal-people continues around the small plaza.
Valparaiso StreetArt: at the top of Cerro Constitucion, where the funicular ends. A crab walking down a stair. In the background mausoleums on Cemeterio number 2, mentioned in our post “self-guided street art walk”.
Valparaiso StreetArt: at the top of Cerro Constitucion, near where the funicular ends. This colourful “jeannie”, holding a glass bottle, on a 4 story building.
Valparaiso StreetArt NSFW, but here in full view: two pussies
Valparaiso StreetArt: this jungle scene wraps around a block of public toilets.
Valparaiso StreetArt: a retaining wall opposite the entrance to the funicular going up Cerro Constitucion.
Valparaiso StreetArt: two love birds.
Valparaiso StreetArt: a rather surrealistic small piece in a side lane.
Valparaiso StreetArt: this French born nurse was a local celebrity, as she helped the locals, and is now revered as a saint, San Xespy (but I can’t find much about her on the internet – maybe you have more luck).
Valpo StreetArt: simple facade of the Casa Valparaiso, a hostal. There are empty plastic drink cups strung across a few streets on Cerro Constititcion.
The majority of these photos are from around Cerro Concepcion and near the Museo des Bellas Artes. This is certainly the more ‘touristy’ part of the city, with many guest houses, restaurants, and shops.
This guided walk joins up nicely with our self-guided street art tour , as we walked in almost a half-moon shape around the next hill up from Cerro Concepcion. Both posts show an incredible variety of street art styles – and they are only the ones I liked. I promise, there are many more! I could post more galleries just with the photos I have left…
Unfortunately my camera battery ran down a third of the way through the walk, and my spare battery was still empty from the day before. So, I had to use my wife’s camera – a small point-and-shoot – for the remaining part of the tour. It does show in the quality of some photos.
Valparaiso StreetArt: simple but very intense face of an African youth
Valparaiso StreetArt: Valpo is often featured in Valpo’s street art. It’s so unique (and easy to stylise).
Valparaiso StreetArt: sometimes you have to keep your eyes open or you miss little gems, like these three stenciled dogs on a low wall, hiding behind parked cars.
Valparaiso StreetArt: despots of Africa. I’m sure that’s supposed to be Mugabe from Zimbabwe on the right. But who’s the one on the left?
Valparaiso StreetArt: this portrait of Mama Africa was in fact relatively small – about half a metre high. I love the detail!
Valparaiso StreetArt: a fairly new colourful facade of a hostel. This building was difficult to photograph due to power lines and bad light in the narrow street.
Valparaiso StreetArt: don’t focus only on one thing, there is so much street art in some places that you might miss other, more hidden, pieces!
Valparaiso StreetArt: a new large piece getting finished near the Museo de Bellas Artes
Valparaiso StreetArt: 3 different faces – 3 different styles (4 if you count the stenciled little boy). I love how in a small space this wall shows the distinctions.
Valparaiso StreetArt: beautiful portrait of a young girl smiling (should I know her name?). Sometimes one can’t help the mess in front of street art :p
Valparaiso StreetArt: street scene with trolley bus and cars left out to dry (love the play on words)
Valparaiso StreetArt: part of a larger mural by Valpo’s own street art star INTI. On another wall are the legs (with a building in between).
If you like some of these street art pieces then I would suggest that you look at our other galleries. We have previously posted nine StreetArt photo pages , among them three others from Valparaiso. This city is a paradise for murals!
Do you have a any favourites among the street art pieces on this page?
Please don’t hesitate to tell us in the ‘comments’ below!