Colour, continuing its theme in Valparaíso, is also on show throughout the streets – offering some of the best street art in Latin America. Head to Templeman street of Cerro Alegre and admire the vast array of street art on offer. Alternatively, get lost in amongst the graffiti and murals in Bellavista’s open air museum. Opened in 1992, the museum showcases a collection of 20 murals painted along the street walls, sides of houses and stairways. Chilean and Latin American artists were commissioned to decorate the walls, with each mural signed by the creator. Spend time admiring each painting on the outside of buildings before visiting the famous museum of Pablo Neruda – an artist of a different kind.
Heading south of Valparaíso make a stop at the coastal area, Isla Negra or Black Island in English. Putting this seascape on the map, the area is best known as the residence of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Feeling colourful passion for both poetry and this coastal town, the Nobel Prize winner’s legacy lives on in the attraction other artists and visitors have to the town.
Writing poems of love, visit the poet's place of work at his home, now a museum. Built right by the shore by Pablo himself, the house is filled with varying objects collected over his years. Walk through the rest of the town to examine the mixed architecture. Varying from 1960s hippy-styled homes to the more contemporary stylings of modern architecture, with each house offering something inspiring.
Mixing the old with the new, the city of Antofagasta has one-way streets lined with old-fashioned plazas sitting alongside high-rise concrete buildings. Contrasting both the old and new building, visit Chile’s ghost towns for dishevelled buildings.