Some photographers might find this an interesting town for old world charm, but I found it in a state of disrepair. The port itself is oriented to shipping and is an efficient embarkation point for Santiago. It is not close to Santiago.
Hello. Maybe it's too late for my reply but just in case...You must see Pablo Neruda's house and take some of the several elevators that would take you to the hills with beautiful views. Good restaurants in the port, and
in half way between Valparaiso and Viña del Mar restaurant Caleta Portales.Good luck¡¡
PASEO GERVASONI :
Located in the Cerro Concepción, access is from Calle Pasaje Templeman Papudo up for Pratt Street, up the elevator Conception.
PASEO ATKINSON: Since it is possible to see the entire coastline, hills and the city plan. One of its features is found permanently with tourists and visitors to the place to appreciate the beautiful view of Valparaiso Harbor with his movement.
Paseo Yugoslavo: Located on Cerro Alegre, on Pratt Street, is accessible by elevator or street Peral Urriola. It connects to the Concepción hill through the streets Montealegre. It is the Palace Baburizza currently allocated to the Museum of Fine Arts in Valparaiso.
It was declared a National Monument on July 18, 1983. Located in the Cerro Barón.
In 1845, laid the foundation stone of the Franciscan complex. In 1851 the church was then in 1890 built the existing body of facade by the architect Eduardo Provasoli.
A violent fire in 1983 partially destroyed, then rebuilt retaining all its features, including brick tower, silhouette feature for approaching the port of Valparaiso
A place that been there for so many years. Located in downtown of Valparaiso, a cross the one of main square Parque Italia. I've never been to that place but take the picture because my friend is from Turkey :0))
ABaños Turcos El Parque (32) 225-5186
Fax: (32) 225-5186
The Baron Hill is one of the 42 hills of Valparaíso. Located at the eastern end of the plan of the city, next to the Dairy Hill, and is a purely residential area. His name is because in 1795 the place was built a fort to protect the El Almendral and the northern sector of the bay of pirates attack and to call it. The city council decided to pay tribute to the Governor Ambrosio O'Higgins, who held the title of Baron of Ballenary naming the fort finally as Fort Ballenary Baron, finally giving the name to the hill. Its development began with the development of the sector of El Almendral and construction in 1852 of petty and Baron Station, the first station of the railroad from Valparaiso to Santiago
The Armada de Chile building is the headquarters of the Chilean Navy. The grand building is also a National Monument. It was built in 1906. The architect was Ernesto Urquieta, who based its design on a government building he'd seen in Paris. At one time, one wing of the building was used as the summer residence of the President of Chile.
Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaiso is an interesting museum in the very centre of Valparaiso and it is well known for its collection of shrunken heads , you will see some of them on their web-page below !
I was mainly attracted by the lovely facade of the building and unfortunately I diod not have enough time to go inside, but I will certainly do that the next time !
Pablo Neruda was a chilenean novelist who won the Nobel prize for Literature and his former house is a museum nowadays and one of the most important tourist-sights of Valparaiso.
It is a pity that I did not have enough time to go there, at least I could see the house from below, while walking on Av. Brasil to the city.
The Neruda-museum La Sebastiana is open :
Tuesdays to Sundays, 10.10 AM to 6 PM.
General admission: CP$2.500 each visitor (=5 Euros)
Collage, university students and seniors: CP$1.000 each visitor (Tuesdays to Fridays, except holidays).
The former Palacio Baburizza is nowadays used as the museum of fine arts.
This great Art-Nouveau-building was built in 1916 for the family Zanelli by the architects Renato Schiavon and Arnaldo Barinson and some years later it was bought by don Pascual Baburizza.
The museum of fine Art is open :
Tuesday-Sundays: 10:00am till 06.00pm
One good example of the government's will to make Valparaiso The Arty place in Chile is the project "Ex-Carcel". Since year 2000, the old jail has been transformed in a art center and the 1350 prisoners have been replaced by paintings, sculptures, theatre, concerts...
Around 50 artists are currently involved in the project. Ask for Papito, an ex-10-year-prisoner who is now in charge of guiding visitors and who is also busy writing a book on jail jargon. The Ex-Carcel is open to public on saturdays and sundays only!
This picture has been taken from the outside wall of the Ex-Carcel and represents a view from the inside.
If you like wall paintings, you'll be happy to find many in Valparaiso, especially in Cerros Alegre and Concepción, and also in an area called "museo a cielo abierto" (on the east side of Subida Ecuador - cerro Florida)
We were short of time (both for research and the actual visit), so instead of bumming around Valparaiso on our own, we booked a private tour with Michael Arnold (aka the German Pirate) to show us around the city.
He met us at the bus station and took us on a car / walking tour (so we can cover more ground). He was a wealth of information and we learned quite a bit about the history of Valparaiso and Chile in our 6-7 hour tour. We visited the more familiar sites, like the Open Air Museum. He was also able to take us to some more unusual places, like one of the fire halls (we even got to go inside a fire truck).
He was quite organized and our pre-trip communication was very good. He called me prior to us booking to find out more about our preferences so he could tailor the tour for us. If we had a bit more time, we probably would book him for another tour to the vineyards. He is fluent in English, German, and Spanish.
Cost: Between 7,000 to 15,000 CLP per person, depending on the size of the group.
I arrived at the Valparaiso bus station and went to a kiosk in the middle of the station and bought a ticket for a combined tour of Vina Del Mar and Valparaiso. The cost was 12500 chilean pasos and the tour leader was a local named Mario who lived in Australia for about 12 years so his English was very good. Mario did a great job as a guide and everyone on the tour was very happy with him.
We covered a lot of ground on the tour and it was a great way to get look around and work out what to go back and have a better look at.
To go on the tour just book at the kiosk in the bus station.
Marios contact details:
09 8 775 9080
"El Valpo Walk" is a wonderful way to explore Valparaíso. It's a budget-friendly, casual and informative guided walking tours for the English speaking traveler. There are many panoramic viewpoints on the way, you get to meet other friendly tourists, guides are friendly and funny.
AND you get a tasty, filling lunch with a glass of wine, which is included in the tour price (cps$10.000)
“El Valpo Walk” meets weekly: Tuesday - Sunday at 12:30pm
Emporio "El Chilenito" Av. Montealegre 594 - Cerro Alegre, Corner of Plazuela San Luis
More details on http://www.valparaisowalks.com
The funiculars/cable cars (or asensores in spanish) are part of the history of Valparaiso. Residents need them to be able to access homes that sit on the hills. There are a number of these funiculars that are of interest to tourists - such as the ones on Cerro Concepcion, Cerro Alegre and Cerro Artilleria.
Most of them are open every day during the day time and there is usually a small charge to take them.