Central/South America

Valparaíso, Chile

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar

The colorful Chilean port city of Valparaíso is located on the coast just 120 km northwest of Santiago. Greater Valparaíso is the second most populated area in the country, and it’s an important center of shipping, education, and tourism. Visitors flock to “Valpo” to enjoy the bright street art, dreamy beaches, and historic funiculars (ascensores). Of course, runners can enjoy all of these sights with our guide to the best running routes in Valparaíso and nearby Viña del Mar.

The most popular place to run in Valparaíso is along the waterfront, whether you choose Las Salinas Beach, the Viña del Mar coast, or the Altamirano/Camino Costera promenade. The Cerro Concepción hill, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is also a good choice for elevation work and great views. Runners may enjoy seeing the heart of the city from the Brasil linear park, or escaping into the greenery of Quinta Vergara park or the Vina del Mar Botanical Gardens.

Buses are the most popular way to get around Valparaíso, but the city also has a Metro system that travels to major points of interest. Taxis and fixed route colectivos are likewise good options. Visitors may enjoy taking a trip on a funicular to one of Valparaíso’s hilltop vistas — or run up and take the ascensor down!

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There are plenty of hotels in Valparaíso, mostly located downtown and along the coastal beaches. You’ll also find some options to the east in Viña del Mar and the beaches north of there. 

There are numerous shoe stores around Valparaíso where you can find some running gear. Your best bet for specialized gear is to stop over in nearby Santiago

The city’s signature race is the Valparaíso Marathon, which typically takes place in November.