10 Famous Chilean Street Art Locations
Published on December 12, 2019 / Updated on January 9, 2024
We’re back with our writer, Alison, to discuss all things to do with Chilean street art.
People travelling to Chile imagine the snow-peaked Andes Mountains, the ice-covered glaciers of Patagonia, or the sandy deserts of San Pedro de Atacama. For backpackers, artists, and travellers that enjoy colourful scenery, Chile has plenty to offer in the cities as well.
On my last visit to Chile, I skipped nature and decided to focus on the urban landscape. Graffiti is an eyesore to some, but Chile has serious appreciation for street art. After 18 years of brutal dictatorship under Augusto Pinochet, street art has flourished post-1990 as an expression of freedom for all Chileans.
As a result, street art in Chile is more abundant than most places on earth. If you can, be sure and check out some of the jaw-dropping public murals in this beautiful country. From outrageous to hyper-realistic and back to strange, here are 10 famous Chilean street art locations by city.
Chile’s capital city is the obvious place to start your street art hunt. Every day you go outside your hotel, you will see something new.
The gorgeous port city of Valparaíso or Paradise Valley is a feast for the eyes. Steep hillsides, winding streets, brightly-coloured houses, and walls of maritime-inspired street art are found on the cerros or hills of Valparaíso. National Geographic says street art is the principal draw for visitors.
Vallenar, Chile is a small mining town 9 hours north of the capital. It’s popular with surfers, wake-boarders, and ocean-loving backpackers due to nearby Huasco beach. Thanks to the young hipster demographics, there is street art everywhere.
Vicuña is a desert town in central Chile about 6 hours from Santiago by car. It is the birthplace of diplomat and Nobel Prize-Winning poet Gabriela Mistral and the perfect place for stargazers to experience the star-studded skies of Valle del Elqui.
From Santiago to Valparaíso and Vallenar to Vicuña, many cities in Chile offer street art tours. With this guide to Chilean street art, you can even plan your own walking tours for free.
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