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Study in Valparaíso (Estudiar en la Pontificia Universidad Católica)

by sammy899

Estoy interesada en estudiar en Chile durante el verano. Prefiero ir en mayo y regresar a los EEUU en junio o julio. Quiero saber información de la universidad, la ciudad, o sectores seguros. Si puedes ayudarme y decirme todo lo que conozcas, yo te agradecería mucho. También he oído que el español chileno es diferente de lo de otros países. La otra pregunta es que la reacción de chilenos a los estadunidenses. Yo sé que muchas personas en otros países no les gustan los estadunidenses o el gobierno. En particular, las mujeres estadunidenses son en peligro cuando viajen a Chile? Puedes decirme más de eso?

I'm interested in studying in the Valparaíso University for a summer, possibly summer 2009. I would like to know any information about the university, the city, or safe areas within. If you could help me, I would greatly appreciate it. Also, I have heard that the Chilean spanish is different from the other countries. What is the reaction of Chileans to United States citizens. Can you tell me more about this?

Re: Study in Valparaíso (Estudiar en la Pontificia Universidad Católica)

by kiwigal_1

Hi there,

You might like to take a look at my Valparaiso and Viña del Mar pages for information on the area. The university you mention is reputable and well known.

I am a young, foreign female (from New Zealand) living in Santiago. I have not had any issues while living in Chile. Chilean Spanish is not very clear. The Chileans tend to swallow the words and speak very fast and have their own slang way of speaking (for example: "como estas" becomes "como estai"). I am sure you will enjoy Chile and have a good time here.


Re: Study in Valparaíso (Estudiar en la Pontificia Universidad Católica)

by toid

You will not have any problems as an American citizen in Chile. I am certain that the university will help you find accommodation. In general, Chile and Valparaiso are very safe. the University has a good reputation. Chilean Spanish has its idiosyncrasies, but no more than in other Latin American countries. Valparaiso is unique, old, a bit run down, exciting, charming with the hills, the ancient cable cars, the port, and the views. Lots to do and Viña del Mar, smart, expensive, cosmopolitan is just next door.

Travel Tips for Valparaíso

Plaza Sotomayor is the main...

by travelmad478

Plaza Sotomayor is the main square facing the Muelle Prat pier. The naval headquarters, customs house, main post office, and other key instutitions are located there, as well as a monument to heroes of the Pacific war fought in 1879-83.

A castle for one and Palacio Vergara

by wilbus

Take a micro bus from Valparaiso into Vina del Mar, there are many and will say Vina on the side. Get off at the Clock of Flowers (reloj de flores), probably the lamest touristy contraption ever devised.

Walk toward Vina along the coast, you'll just be walking along the highway. There is a large Arab Club on your right, you are close.

On your left is Castillo Wolff. Save this for sunset (i think it closes at 6) and keep on trucking down the main drag until you see the Vergara Park on your right. Go into the park, find the palace, and go check out the huge painting of the martyrs being lowered into a burial pit. It's awesome. You can walk around the park for a while but if the sun is starting to set get your ass back to Castillo Wolff.

Go to the Castillo (free) and find the tight circular staircase that takes you up one of the rooks. There you will find a secluded sunset spot. Light up.

NOTE: if and when you ask for directions to whichever place you are going, make sure to ask at least three people and then triangulate the responses. If two match, there is a 50% chance it's right. Go for it.

Cristobal Colon at Av. Brasil

by globetrott

The monument of Christoph Columbus / Cristobal Colon at Av. Brasil is a lot more impressive than the one inside the port-area of Valparaiso. Here in Av. Brasil Columbus is in good company with other heros of the history of South America, whose monuments you will see one after the other along this lovely boulevard until you finally get to the triumph-arch for O'Higgins and his helpers.

Cheap eats and the wandering poet

by wilbus

Go to the markets at the beginning of your day for some bread, cheese, and assorted fruits (if like me you're into flirting with loose bowels).

Pop on micro 00 and ask the driver to let you know when you get to Pablo Neruda's house.

Keep the market merchandise in a hanky in your pocket so that you can slip undetected by the security, who really don't care either way but what the hell, err on the cautious side. Climb up the skinny staircases to Pablo's bedroom. Sit in Pablo's favorite reading chair, unwrap your meal, and overlook the shining pacific reflecting a city enchanted by his poems.

Check out the house and then head to a bar that serves either Escudo or Barba Roja, two of the best beers around. Don't drink Crystal, you will not get where you want to be.

Ascensor Cerro Artilleria


This elevator is the longest one in Valparaiso. It starts at the bottom of Errazuriz st. and goes up to Cerro Artilleria, where the old Naval Academy (now the Navy Museum) is. It has a wonderful view of the whole bay, and just below the upper station, there's a wonderful cafe, where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean.


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