Fondest memory: My fondest memory was walking all over this city and coming across little surprises. Naturally, you'd expect to find some sort of juice bar. We found one next to Plaza O' Higgins. It was a surprisingly hot day and we needed refreshment. As you can see from the pictures, it's all fresh. I think they may have even included a vitamin with it. It was great! South Americans always seem to have healthy ways of eating.
Favorite thing: Thus it was not merely a gratuitous act that Valparaiso was placed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO;the jewel of the pasific now shines in the day and throughout the night for the entire world to see.
Favorite thing: A Camanchaca,as it is known here,is a thick,low fog that forms in the bay and moves inland,surrounding the hills of Los Placeres,Santo Domingo,Alegre,Concepcion,Playa Ancha,Cordillera,Artilleria and,Bellavista.This same sight must have been customary to the new European colonists who began building their homes and cultures here towards the end of 19th century,from humble still houses to monumental castles and churches...
We were well prepared, since Jorge (IIGUANA) had given us great info on what to see and where to go in Valparaiso - including a very personal map!!!
Thanks again, Jorge - we really DID enjoy it!!
For a great city guide of Valparaiso, go to this link. I could not have described it any better!!!
Favorite thing: Founded in 1536, Valparaiso is Chile's oldest and largest port city (pop. 279,000). We went there on a day trip from Santiago and had enough time to see the main sites in the interesting old section of town, including colonial buildings, the Church of La Matriz, Victoria Square and the Naval and Maritime museum. The old-seaport atmosphere of Valparaiso is best appreciated by spending a few hours wandering the steep and winding cobblestone alleyways through the town's colorful working-class neighborhoods.
Old houses are a big attraction to me.....all those broken windows and dusty fronts.....makes me imagine the times when it was brand new, who was living there etc...
Fondest memory: This house is in Errazuriz Street, in the Playa Ancha Hill.
I visited Valparaiso with my VT friend Omar (omar_samra), we both wanted to walk around the hills here. We were told that it was a bit dangerous in Valparaiso, because of the robs and assaults, but together we felt a little bit safer :o)
Fondest memory: It's great to discover new places with our friends, so you have someone to talk and discuss what you see with.
We had a good time here, what a great city!!!!.
My favourite thing....oh dear....everything!!!!!!!!!, it's very easy to fall in love with this city, BELIEVE ME!!!! :o)
Fondest memory: I was walking around with my VT friend omar_samra and my sister in law, and suddenly I saw this black dog....the picture looked so good to me!, black contrasting with the green and white of the house....
Valparaiso is a very important town, the port is one of the largest in Chile. Many goods arrive here and go then to Santiago and even over the Andes on the international route to Argentina.
For more information about this route and the Andes in general please have a look on my Portilo and Uspallata-pages
It was really great to watch all the ships. There will arrive and depart not only freight ships but also cruise ships too.
And Valparaiso is also a great starting point to make excursions to Casablanca-valley, which is one of the best wine-growing areas in Chile!
The first impression was that Valparaiso looks like a big amphitheater growing up on its 47 hills. But what I specially liked was its mediterranian style, it some italian and spanish flair. It was really a pity that we came here only for lunch (after a visit in Casablanca Valley) because I am very shure that this town offers much more than just a great view from a restaurant .....
Hmmmm, I should give it a try and visit this lovely town again!
Favorite thing: going down from "La Sebastiana" back to the harbour district to take a taxi or bus to Vi?a del mar. I recommend to stroll around the streets of the city, there are a lot of wonderful houses, many of them wooden houses. Besides it´s great to use the elevators all around.
Valparaíso is a place to walk. Walk for the bay, the port, and all the hills with its stairs and narrow streets.
Old houses, and old life too.
You absolutly must walk and walk and go to Pablo Neruda's house and have a coffe close to Plaza Victoria or walk in Plaza Argentina into the flea market.
Fondest memory: Always it is the street and its people.
I could stay days and days only seeing every detail.
Valparaiso is a beautiful little town at the ocean with old colonial houses, a lot of them climbing the hills of the town. There are more than 10, some of them very old, elevators that makes it easier to go up these hills. It´s very interesting to use them and enjoy the great views from the top of the hills.
Next to Valparaiso (it´s almost like one town) you come to Viña del Mar, another beautiful place with exciting buildings and where to visit one of the houses of Pablo Neruda, the great chilenian author.
Favorite thing: Explore some of the hills (cerros) of Valparaíso (to name a few: Cerro Concepcion, Cerro Alegre, and Cerro Santo Domingo). Use the wooden trams or ascensores to reach the upper city. The hills are an impressive mix of colourful houses built by immigrant merchants, dating back to the early 1900s, winding streets, narrow alleys and steep stairways. Many Europeans made Valparaíso their second home in its heyday. The vast majority were English and German and they built houses influenced by European architecture.
Favorite thing: Visit Viña del Mar, the country’s premier beach resort 10km north of Valparaíso. It is sometimes called the Garden City. Take a stroll on the white-sand beaches or soak in the sun. The city has many parks and interesting museums housed in restored mansions.