Take a walk around the hills...
Take a walk around the hills of Valparaiso. This is what makes it such a lovely place. The streets are narrow and windy and lined with some beautiful (often precarious) old houses. Take one or two of the 'ascensores' to go up the hills. These are lifts built and used by the locals to save them from having to walk up the hills all the time. If you come across a restaurant at the top of one of these ascensores, stopping in for lunch is a great idea. You can dine while looking out over the city.
If you like souvenirs, you can find street vendors selling paintings of various steet scapes within Valparaiso. Some of them are charming and would look great framed on the wall. Bargain with the vendors for a good price though.
Golfing in Valparaiso
Golfing in Chile is not easy to do. Very few public courses are available to tourists and to get on private courses either requires an invite from a member or an introduction from selected hotels. Most of the best of the 68 golf courses in Chile are in the Santiago area and we didn't bother while there because of the limitations noted earlier. There are a couple of golfing options in the Valparaiso area but neither of them are cheap. The Marbella Golf course ($83.00) is located in Zapallar, a small coastal resort town located about an hours drive north of Valparaiso. Unless you have a car, it's pretty much inaccessible although because it is a resort, you could probably make arrangements to stay there. It's pretty isolated though and I suspect it's basically a retreat for well-to-do Santiagons. I would rate the course about 5 out of 10. A better option is the Club De Campo Granadilla located in Viña del Mar, the adjoining community just north of Valparaiso. Green fees are $100.00 and can be paid by credit card, caddies are required and run about $20.00 + tip in cash. It's very well maintained in every respect, not that long but very tight. The greens are very small by modern standards, not excessively undulating but quite quick on the stimp. No carts are available and there are a few hills to negotiate but if you are reasonably fit, you won't be panting too much! Some of the views from the course and the clubhouse of Valparaiso Bay are outstanding. If you're into the game, this place will test you and I recommend it to the avid player. We took our clubs with us as we always do. I imagine rentals are available but I'd call to be sure.
Churches and Spiritual themes..dos
Inglesia La Matriz;
The time was the end of evening,and it was second day in Valparaiso,my soul still was somewhere in Istanbul,my body was trying to adopt to hot Chilean summer,therefore I just followed my dear friend's simple commands,such as go in,walk,stop,sit down properly,finish your lunch...jajajajaja..just stayed one or two minutes,and very quick shots..it's real pit stop:) She gived me very few information..just the name of church:) Inglesia la Matiz..and go in the car !!! jajajaja Mattita,saludos bambina:)
But thanks god.. we have tourismochile:)....."construction of the current building was started in 1842,when its appearance was quite primitive,but the origin of the church dates back to the year 1559,as it stands today,there have been few modifications since it construction.The 1906 earthquake made repairs essential,when the changes which can now be seen ,were effected.The towers which was originally 25 meters high,was lowered in 1620.It became a parish with the name of Nuestra Senora de Puerto Claro and in 1872 the name was changed to Matriz del Salvador del Mundo(tourismochile)"
Chile is traditionally Catholic nation,with an estimated 70% of Chileans belonging to that church,Jewish 1%,Atheist 9% and less than 0,1% other Orthodox or Muslim.
I haven't being inside of the restaurant,maybe next time..I just had some pictures..
It has amazing terrace and you can see an other picturesque view of Valparaiso but when you look at the sea,you'll see thousands containers and remembered a part of job:) Sorry for "satisfaction,price"notices..you know..
Most of the time I have spent in Valparaiso I just wandered around the hills surrounding the town. It is a good way to see the colourful buildings and narrow winding streets. The great thing about this activity is that it doesn't cost you a cent!
The hill I spend the most time up is Cerro Concepcion which is located in front of the old Turri clock. You should take the Asensor (Cable Car) from here to the top of the hill and then walk around the area from here. There are plenty of restaurants, cafe´s and shops to entertain for at least 1/2 a day.