Urban Exploration

Life spills into the streets with pop-up graffiti murals, sprawling food markets, narrow winding staircases and leafy museum neighborhoods in the vibrant Chilean cities of Santiago and Valparaíso.

La Vega Central Vendors hawk a feast of ripe figs, avocados and chirimoyas. Nearby Mercado Central dishes up seafood lunches.

Santiago museums Classic Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino contrasts with funky Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and fashion-forward Museo de la Moda.

Graffiti art Compelling graffiti murals flank the alleys and steep staircases of Valparaíso, making any stroll an exploration.

Night cycling At sunset the air cools, traffic eases and Santiago lights up – the witching hour for touring.

Centro Gabriela Mistral Grab the cultural pulse at Santiago's cutting-edge performing-arts center.

Barrio Recoleta Get off the beaten path and sample an authentic neighborhood with great ethnic eats.