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If you are planning to end the year in a warm place, admiring an epic firework show, spending the New Year in Valparaiso, Chile is a perfect choice

Not only is this place glamorous and famous for its parties, but it is also a sunny paradise waiting for travelers from all over the world with breathtaking views, delicious foods, and many fun things to do. 

Yellow underwear, a glass of cola de mono (a milky, coffee cocktail) and a bottle of tasty champagne are the things you need to have a magical New Year celebration in this area, but there is more here waiting for you. So, if you want to know all about Valparaiso and what to expect from spending New Year’s Eve in Chile, continues reading this article. 

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Valparaiso- The City of Art One of the best places in the world for street art.

Located on the Chilean coast and known for being one of the South Pacific’s most important seaports, Valparaiso is also a stunning city of art. It started being covered in amazing street art when its historic quarter was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 2003. Wander around the beautifully arranged streets of this charming city and let the art amaze your eyes, at every corner. 

Welcome to Valparaíso, the seaside city considered by many to be the cultural capital of Chile. One of the best place in the world for street art.
Cerro Alegre in Valparaiso Chile, by @agomezande

Another thing that makes Valparaiso a special place are is funiculars, known as ‘ascensores’. If you plan to spend New Year in Valparaiso, Chile you can’t miss taking Ascensor Artilleria up the hill to Paseo 21 de Mayo walkway and admire the sensational views of the city. Afterwards, you can head towards the National Maritime Museum and get closer to the past of this lovely area. For a spiritual encounter, check out the Iglesia La Matriz del Salvador, and if literature is your cup of tea, don’t miss visiting one of Pablo Neruda‘s three houses. 

Valparaiso by @swedishadventurer
” Nestled in the hills, the colorful harbour city of Valparaiso in Chile is often called San Fransisco of South America🇨🇱 Valparaiso is, without any question, my favourite city in Chile and can be reached within an hour car-drive from Santiago!”

New Year in Valparaiso, Chile- The Biggest Firework Show and Fiesta 

Valparaiso is famous for the huge festival it hosts at the end of the year. The variety of cultural events is amazing, and it culminates with the impressive fireworks display on New Year’s Eve, which is considered the biggest in South America.

In 2007, the Valparaiso firework show won the Guinness World Records for its fantastic 16,000 fireworks.

But the city is also known for its bustling fiesta. So get ready to spend your memorable New Year in Valparaiso, Chile together with thousands of happy and friendly people before and after the firework show, which begins at midnight and lasts for about 20 minutes, Afterwards, the party takes to the streets and brings drinking, eating, and lots of new friends.

If you want to have the best view during this special evening, go to the most popular spot, Paseo Yugoslavo. You can get there walking or by funicular. Whatever you choose, make sure you arrive early, since people start to gather around 5 to make sure they get a good spot. Once there, indulge in empanadas, pizza, and local beer while waiting for the party to begin. 

An image of the true Valparaíso, with its colorful houses.
📸@asiesvalparaiso

New Year in Valparaiso, Chile- Traditions

Known around the world is the tradition of eating lentils in New Year’s Eve. According to this, you should eat a spoonful of lentils at midnight to ensure prosperity for the upcoming year

Following the same line, it is said that eating 12 grapes, one for each stroke of the bell at midnight, would help to fulfill all wishes and projects in the new year.

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Other classic tradition is wearing yellow underwear during the New Year celebrations. Yellow would represent vital energy, so wearing this colour would allow you to begin the new year with renewed energies and attract prosperity and abundance.

For those who would like the new year to come with travels, the traditions always goes hand in hand with suitcases. Some people say you have to grab your bag and go for a walk around the block, while others think that standing on the top of a table with the suitcase in your hand or just opening the door and standing there with a bag would do. All of this traditions seek to attract new adventures for the upcoming year

This is what to expect from your trip and from spending New Year in Valparaiso, Chile. Whether you are a party animal or you like a fiesta once in a while, this place promises to offer you the time of your life and give you the chance to welcome the new year in great style. 

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