Only 70 miles northwest of capital Santiago, Valparaiso is Chile's main port and known for its bohemian, artistic vibe and lovely vistas. Its UNESCO-designated historic downtown offers charming colonial architecture, great seafood restaurants, markets and stores. Take 100-year-old funicular Ascensor Artilleria or climb Cerro Concepcion for stunning ocean and city views. Back at street level, visit writer Pablo Neruda's house.
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5 based on 98 reviews
Valparaiso heritage interpretation center. New attraction in the only UNESCO Heritage Port of the Pacific Coast of America. Join us for a guided tour inside an antique building, experiencing why Valparaiso is an exceptional testimony to the early phase of globalisation in the late 19th century, when it became the leading commercial port on the sea routes of the Pacific coast of South America. Visits by Appointment only, minimum 10 people. Reservation Required. Tour in English at 09:30am, from Monday to Saturday.
I visited Villa Victoria a couple of days ago, it was a birthday present for my mother, and Kenneth warmly welcomed us and gave us a private tour with such enthusiasm and insight it completely blew our mind. At the end we sat down in...MoreThanks for your kind words and for introducing your family in a very special occasion for your mother. We are glad to hear you liked it. Hope to see you soon for a next visit.
4.5 based on 169 reviews
We spend around one hour in the museum with our 9 year old son. The museum is not very big, but the Exhibitions that are there are well made and look completely new.
Focus is on animals of the sea and Islands, but a smaller exibition on minerals is worth visiting as well. The museum is free of charge.
In adition there is a small cafe in the building that have great coffee.
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The amazing eastern views provided by this magnificent hilltop are some of the best in the country.
Cerro Concepcion and around is beautiful, but could be unique just if it was clean and careful. It is a shame that authorities and governors keep this beautiful place so neglected. In the other hand it is save and you can walk and enjoy the sightseeing!
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Many vintage chilean buildings line this hilly street, a popular site for a walking tour.
The thing that makes Valparaiso really unique is its street art, which is everywhere. We sent a wonderful two days wandering around the little alleyways and stairs along the cobblestone streets that wind all around the hills. The art is really beautiful and inspirational.
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This four-story home, offering 360 degree views of the city, is highlighted by "the jar of smoke," a round, post-modern fireplace designed by Neruda himself.
As a house rather than an oddity, and in terms of the management, this was much better than La Chascona. Great views from the rooms and a lot of Pablo's stuff showing clearly why he liked it so much here. The audio guide droned on but had some interesting stuff. The steep walk up either of the streets leading there will take you past a lot of interesting street art (Ricardo de Ferrari and Hector Calvo - the latter has steps at the northern end; walk up one and down the other).
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We rode this funicular down from Cerro Alegre to Plaza Justicia. It looks to have been recently renovated and offers great views of the harbour area. Another fun part of our interesting day in Valparaíso.
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This turn-of-the-century palace pays homage to the city's 16th century roots and currently houses the Fine Arts Museum.
We spent an enjoyable morning here marveling at the stunning architecture and the atmospheric paintings well hung in spacious galleries. Particularly enjoyed the painted views of old Valparaiso and the stormy seascapes, evocative of days gone by. In a city somewhat lacking in art galleries this was a great find and in a beautiful location above the port and with a pretty garden and a pleasant cafe for a drink or a snack.
4.5 based on 214 reviews
You can climb the colourful staircases quite easily to get to here from Plaza Sotomayor, or you can ride the short El Parel funicular, but either way, it leads to great views and there's also a nice restaurant and the mansion museum to explore before setting off to see the rest of the upper part of Valparaiso.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
This was the second funicular we rode of the day. It may be old (1912?) but it is newer than the other we rode (1897). Short but much steeper. We rode down as there is a shorter line that way. A wonderful piece of history and functional!
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These form an important part of getting up and down the hills in Valpariso.This one is nearly vertical.
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