Whenever I come to Valparaiso I end up following more or less the same route on foot. It is a good one to take in a number of the main sites. All it will cost you is the fares up the Asensores (cable cars) which are dirt cheap!
Start from the naval statue commemorating the Battle of Iquique and then walk through Plaza Sotomayor towards the large blue naval building.
You should go up the Peral Asensor (cable car) just past the Plaza Sotomayor up Cerro Alegre and take a walk through to Cerro Concepcion where you could eat lunch overlooking the bay at the Turri. Go down the Concepcion Asensor.
Walk to Cerro Artilleria and go up that Asensor also and appreciate the great view of the port and harbour from here. There is a naval museum up here too and lots of old buildings to look at. There are also craft stalls selling copper, lapis lazuli and other Chilean souvenirs.
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.
Underneath the monument lie the remains of Chile’s naval heroes, including Arturo Prat, who lost their lives fighting the Peruvian Navy in the Battle of Iquique.
This battle took place on May 21, 1879. The Chilean navy fought against combined Peruvian-Bolivian forces. Prat, who captained the Esmeralda, was killed after boarding the Peruvian ship Huáscar. His heroism is said to have inspired the nation to their eventual victory.
if you are a fan of neruda's work, his house may interest you. it is well preserved, and you can take a tour and see some resources and inspirations in each tier of the house....(typewriter, pens, books, paintings, etc.) it lends a gorgeous view of the hillside, all the way to the ocean, so even if you don't know anything about pablo neruda, the trip is worth your while. entrance fee is $6. you can walk the grounds without paying, and there is a cafe and bookstore on the premises.
In 1857,the lands were acquired in which the year 1858, would be build the second Protestant temple of Chille of the engineer William Lloyd,it has very special characteristics of temperate architecture,covers the curious form of a ship al reverse,does not have a tower,neither itself crown a cross,due that in that epoch not the freedom of worship existed it exhibits an elaborate work in wood,in 1903 the organ was installed,musical jewel of the past.the stained glasses are beautiful with biblical passages and in the Altar the Boards of the Law are found,it was declared National Monument in 1979.
Via cerro Conception.
It was inaugurated may 21st 1886,the base of this monument is done of stone brough of Rigoleto,Italy.Low land,there is a solid vault that encloses in niches the remainders of Prat,Condell,Serrano and Aldea,and niches of the leaders and officials of the diverse battles in which those they acted by Supreme Decree of Education of the year 1979,was declared typical zone of protection.
This building was declared national monument in the 23 january of 1979.In the same place,was build the first Commissariat,it raised at the beginning of 18th century and demolished in 1900.
The building's architect was Ernesto Urquieta,winner of the contest generate by the Government in 1906.This architect was inspired in the Consistorial palace of Paris.
A sector of building was used a residance of summer for the Presidents of the Republic.
In times of the colony,this place was "the Conception Fort",This fort was the defense of the bay against the pirates,but never shot any bullet.
Mr.Tomas Gervasoni,Honorary Consul of Italy in Valparaiso,gived his name to this amazing Mirador.Gran Hotel Gervasoni and Museo Lucas are here..
walking uphill or taking the ascensor,is the top thing to do in valparaiso. I think there are about 18 ascensores, I took almost all of them, travelling in them is part of the fun.Every single hill has some interesting to be seen, open museum ,weird-looking castles,views and places to stop.
Every city in Chile has lots of monuments for their local heros, but this one in Valparaiso is special in many ways :
This giant monument is dedicated to Chile's naval heroes of the War of the Pacific, fought between Chile and Peru from 1879-1884. The main figure is Arturo Prat, he was killed in 1879 at the Battle of Inquique when the Chilean ship, the Esmerelda captured the Peruvian armoured monitor the Huascar.
Thanks a lot to Leyle (the wanderingcamel) for these great infos about this part of history !
Walk as much as you can or take one of the many funiculars / ascendores in order to get to the upper part of the town with lots of interesting buildings and also many places that offer a great panorama-view of the port and city of Valparaiso.
The upper part of town is a great mixture of buildings that reminded me in the first moment of the slums of other places in Southamerica and of great buildings with special architecture, built for the rich people.
El Mercurio de Valparaiso is the name of this lovely building with interesting architecture at the crossing of Av. Esmeralda and Pasaje Ross. El Mercurio - that name comes obviously by the sculpture of the god Mercur on top of the building, that dates back to the end of the 19th century.
This building is used by a bank today.
The port of Valparaiso is an interesting place to go for the whole family and in the southern summertime ( Nov.- march) you will see plenty of cruiseships there every week, because many of them start or end their Southamerica-cruises in Valparaiso.
At the same time you will see cargo-ships as well as some war-ships of the chilean navy, you will see some old cannons, a monument for Christoph Columbus and the old wooden ship, that you will see on my pics 2-4.
This building is in the backside of Plaza Sotomayor and it is obviously a court-building or something similar, because there is a monument of Goddes Justizia standing in front of the building. Something that confuses me a bit though is the fact, that Justizia is not holding up her scales anymore, but rather has it folded in her right hands, what-ever that might symbolize...
Av. Brasil is the name of the main boulevard of Valparaiso and it will take you from Plaza Sotomayor to the very end of the coastline, where the buses from the cruise-ships will drop their passengers, when they want to go to the city of Valparaiso.
That boulevard is first directely next to the port-area and will get soon the 2nd street parallel to the coastline & pier.
In the middle of that boulevard there is a sandy path with 2 lines of shady palmtrees and plenty of monuments of local heros. Outside of this sandy part there is a seperate street for the cartrafic in each direction and at least on a sunday afternoon there was not a lot of trafic there at all.