Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
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New Year’s in Valparaiso, Chile

Who’s a fan of New Year’s? There is something about celebrating the end of one chapter and the start of the next one each year. A time to celebrate the highlights, learn from the lowlights and set new goals/adventures/dreams for the coming year. A couple years ago we started to travel overseas for New Year’s. It’s an added bonus to experience the buzz of excitement for this fresh start of the calendar year while also visiting a new country. To start 2016, we decided to travel to Valparaiso, Chile.

Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
Colorful Valparaiso, Chile with a view of the harbor

Nearly 1MM people head to this colorful city each year to celebrate New Year’s in Valparaiso. Since this is nearly 5 times the standard population, it’s good to plan in advance. There is certainly a party atmosphere throughout the streets in the main harbor area where the Valparaiso launch point is, however we prefer to be outside of the crowds.

Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
The main party area for New Year’s in Valparaiso, the day after when the crowds are cleared

We chose to find a hotel high on the hill which offered a package for New Year’s in Valparaiso. We chose to stay at the beautiful Hotel Casa Higueras. Not only did we get accommodations, but they offered a champagne toast with a view of the fireworks from their rooftop!

Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
Rooftop of Hotel Casa Higueras

Our trip to Valparaiso started with a drive in from Santiago. A drive that typically takes about an hour & 45 minutes took nearly 4 hours! Plan extra time, as we got closer to Valparaiso many of the roads were closed off for the celebration. Our advice is to go in a day early so you beat the crowds.

Hotel Casa Higueras was a beautiful property with views of the harbor. It’s a bed & breakfast style property with an on-site restaurant, rooftop bar and gorgeous pool. The perfect oasis for spending New Year’s in Valparaiso!

Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
Pool at Hotel Casa Higueras
Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
View in the common area of Hotel Casa Higueras

Our New Year’s in Valparaiso started with dinner at their on-site restaurant, Montealegre. Dinner is served either inside or on the patio with the view. We opted for outdoor seating but make sure you request it in advance as it’s the most popular seats in the place!

Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
Patio seating at Montealegra Restaurant at Hotel Casa Higueras

Dinner was fabulous with several courses which included fresh fish from the region.

Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
Local bites appetizer

As the sun began to set, we made our way to the rooftop to enjoy a view of the harbor. Not only are fireworks set off in Valparaiso, but there are 17 firework sites across the harbor. This is what makes New Year’s in Valparaiso so exciting!

Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
Rooftop view from Hotel Casa Higueras high above the 1MM people crowds in Valparaiso.

What amazed us about the firework display was their ability to ensure it was synchronized across the harbor! It started just moments past midnight and continued for 20 minutes. Having a relaxing environment to view this display across the harbor while sipping champagne was a true highlight of spending New Year’s in Valparaiso!

Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
Firework display across the harbor for New Year’s in Valparaiso
Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
New Year’s in Valparaiso
Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
Poppers for midnight

The party was not over once the fireworks stopped. We headed to their outdoor venue for dancing and drinks until 3AM! Amazing celebration and way to welcome 2016!

After a restful sleep, we kept the party going the next day on our balcony. We enjoyed sparkling wine and bites from our private balcony of the premium superior room to celebrate the start of 2016.

Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
Balcony treats at Hotel Casa Higueras

Overall we really enjoyed our New Year’s in Valparaiso. It was an interesting way to start the New Year and we highly recommend staying out of the crowds and enjoying the celebration in this setting.

Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
Cheers!

Happy New Year to all our readers and we wish you a fabulous start to 2017!

Looking for options of New Years Eve travel? Don't miss spending New Year's in Valparaiso, Chile to experience the massive firework display across the harbor!
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  1. What’s in the test tube with the asparagus tip on top? What a unique appetizer!

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