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Get Inspired by Chile’s Stunning Street Art

Get Inspired by Chile's Stunning Street Art

One thing I find myself constantly attracted to is street art. In fact, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll occasionally see a mural sprinkled in there. Whether it’s here in Los Angeles or wandering somewhere new, I ~love~ seeing art on buildings, sidewalks, or other unique spaces. It instantly makes a place a little more magical and gives it an undeniable personality.

Of all the street art I’ve photographed, the stunning murals and paintings I discovered in Chile were by far the most impressive. Both Santiago and (especially) Valparaiso have vibrant cultures and communities that you can find reflected on the sides of homes, retail spaces, and sidewalks. Here are a few of my favorites, but beware: looking at these pictures may induce flight-buying!

Santiago, Chile

Santiago is a relatively large city, and if I’d just been meandering the streets alone I definitely wouldn’t have seen as much graffiti as I did. Luckily I had an amazing Couchsurfing host who took me around the San Miguel neighborhood and showed me some of the spectacular paintings there—most of which (save for one or two) were done by Chileans about Chile’s culture and history.

Street art in Santiago, Chile

The street art in Santiago has been especially helpful in improving the overall quality of the neighborhoods and improving the community.

Street art in Santiago, Chile

Some of the murals incorporated materials like mirrors, tiles, and bottle caps.

Street art in Santiago, Chile

Definitely one of my favorites in Santiago. Everything was so precisely painted!

Street art in Santiago, Chile

I remember my host mentioning this was probably his favorite, and that while it had been there for years it was recently re-done to include the illustrations on the torso.

Street art in Santiago, Chile

Found some stuff on the sidewalks as well!

Street art in Santiago, Chile

*insert sassy girl emoji here*

Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso is a small seaside town with an endless supply of street art. Just wander around and you can’t take a wrong turn—no matter where you go you will find something you’ll feel tempted to stare at or photograph. I spent my days walking around the two main hills of the city: Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción.

Street art in Valparaiso, Chile

I’m not sure if this was someone’s home or a business, but I love it!

Street art in Valparaiso, Chile

Even one of the hostels I stayed in, Angel Hostal, had fun paintings on the patio.

Street art in Valparaiso, Chile

Why not be both? 🙂

Street art in Valparaiso, Chile

If you’re not excited about walking up hills, take the “ascensor” (essentially outdoor elevators) and take the walk down to enjoy all the little gems in this town.

Street art in Valparaiso, Chile

It’s a little hard to tell from the photo, but these colors are intensely neon.

Street art in Valparaiso, Chile

Obligatory selfie.

Street art in Valparaiso, Chile

This was the most memorable ones I found on my last day in Valparaiso.

Street art in Valparaiso, Chile

Good things come to those who wander.

Where have you seen some spectacular street art?

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