An other unique transportation of the Jewel of the Pasific..Ascensores..I didn't try but I had same when I was in BAKU..
It is the easiest way for locals to be taken to and from their homes high up in the breath taking hillsides.
Here are the names and constraction dates of all ascensores in Valparaiso.
ESPIRITU SANTO 1911
REINA VICTORIA 1902
EL PERAL 1902
SAN AGUSTIN 1913
VILLA SECA 1907
WOW..an other funny adventure..We'd take it from Quilpue to Vina del Mar,and my friend asked me that "have you been in a Roller Coaster before?" noooooooo:) and she said "watch it..." MAMMA MIA!!!! He drived same as a roller coaster,we jumped over the hills and went down,close your eyes he is turning to right side,no brake,speed limits?? what is it for...:)
They are working same as bees, funny bees of Valparaiso roads..but it is the cheapest and fastest transportation to or around Valpa..
Don"t try it with full stomach:) and if you want to catch your stop,pls call him 2-3 stops before,otherwise you may walk alittle:)..
There are two bus "O" in Valpo. Ask around (hopefully you speak Spanish), and take the one that goes south, and just take it from the train station until the very last stop. You will probably be the only one left, which shows what a secret this is. It is the only bus that goes through ALL (44? 43?) of the Valpo hills. Sit on the right side of the bus, open the window, get your camera out, and begin shamelessly taking pictures.
Valparaiso y Viña del Mar son dos ciudades completamente diferentes que están unidas por una linea de metro que va casi todo el tiempo por la superficie y en 10 minutos , pasas del caos , desorden y belleza de una ciudad como Valparaiso al orden , limpieza y ( para mi ) impersonalidad de Viña del Mar
El viaje en Metro es rápido y muy cómodo
Valparaiso and Vina del Mar are two different cities that are linked with a Metro line that goes practically all-the time in the surface and in 10 minutes you pass chaos ,disorder and beauty of a town like Valparaiso , to the order , cleaning and ( for me ) luck of personality of Viña del Mar
The Metro travel is quick and very comfortable
Se puede coger el metro hasta la estación de Pajaritos o a la Universidad de Santiago y allí tomar un Autobús de "Tur Bus" , que por 6$ y en menos de 2 horas te lleva a Valparaiso .
La vuelta está incluida ( Si quieres puedes volver a Viña del Mar )
5crYou may take the underground up to Pajaritos or Universidad de Chile station and there you may take a bus of "Tur Bus" , that for 6$ and in less than 2 hours takes you to Valparaiso
Return is included ( If you prefer you may come back from Viña del Mar )
The Elevators of Valparaiso are quite famous around the world. They are also historically protected; included in the World Heritage Site boundaries.
They are also very usefull to the walking explorer. :-)
These 'buses' are actually cars, that go back and forth up and down the steep hills. There are plenty of places to wait for them at the bottom of the hills.
Just stand near the sign for your destination, and be prepared to share the ride with 2 or 3 other people.
From the Santiago (SCL) Airport, you can catch a very convenient bus to Valparaiso. From the airport, find a bus to 'Pajaritos' station, it will only cost a few bucks. From there, you can catch many overland buses, including one to Valparaiso. One departs nearly every 15 minutes during the day.
There are great bus connections to and from Valparaiso. It takes less than two hours from Santiago and prices vary according to the bus enterprise you chose. There is at least one bus every hour, we even had the choice of one bus every twenty minutes. The bus terminal in Valparaiso is conveniently located within walking distance to the main attractions.
The best way to discover this incredible city and it's charming and intriguing streets is simply WALKING....you'll get to places that seem to be hidden within the hills...great!!!!.
The place you see in this photo is the Yugoslavo's Stroll (Paseo Yugoslavo), where you'll find the Fine Arts Museum.
Valparaiso has lot of hills and in the past to make it easier to get to the top, some lifts were placed in different areas to carry people up.
This is one of those and it's called Asensor (lift in English) Artilleria.
It costs only 10 cents (US$) to go up....SO CHEAP!!!!!.
There are 15 lifts currently working in the city:
- BARON (Espana Avenue, Argentina Avenue). This is working since 1906, was the first one working with an electric engine. It's originally from Germany and it still keeps in shape ;o)
- LECHEROS (Eusebio Lillo Street) This is also woking since 1906.
- LARRAIN (Cerro Larrain) Working since 1909.
- POLANCO (Cerro Polanco) Since 1915.
- MONJAS (Cerro Monjas) Since 1912.
- MARIPOSAS (Cerro Mariposas) Since 1904.
- FLORIDA (Cerro Florida) Since 1906.
- ESPIRITU SANTO (Cerro Bellavista) Since 1911.
- REINA VICTORIA (Cerro Bellavista) Since 1902.
- CONCEPCION (Cerro Concepcion) Since 1883, was the first one in the city.
- EL PERAL (Cerro Alegre) Since 1902.
- SAN AGUSTIN (Cerro Cordillera) Since 1913.
- CORDILLERA (Cerro Cordillera) Since 1887
- ARTILLERIA (Cerro Artilleria) Since 1893.
- VILLASECA (Cerro Playa Ancha) Since 1907.
One of the most pleasent things in Valparaiso was a restaurant with a very good view over the town and the sea.
It was possible to watch all the incoming and outgoing freight and passenger ships from the terrace of the restaurant. This was interesting for me, because my home country Austria has neither such a big port nor a sea.
And so this will also one of my greatest memories of Chile!
Take the Tourbus company's 2 hour ride to Valparaiso from Santiago. Cost is about US$4. Comfortable and friendly, all the locals recommended this line over the others.
From the train station, it might be best to grab a taxi if you aren't sure where your destination is. After that, walk around Valparaiso and take the local buses from Valpo to Vina del Mar, the sister city on the other side of a small hill. This city can be explored for very little money.
If you're short of time i.e. only one day, you can go there on a day trip from Santiago. Buses leave frequently all day between Santiago and Valparaiso. In Santiago, the bus station is located at the metro station Universidad de Santiago. The journey is between 1 1/2hrs and 2hrs and is inexpensive. The company 'Tur Bus' is recommendable. Just leave early in the morning to maximize your time there.
Once in Valparaiso, there are many local buses that run between Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Viña is a more modern touristic town directly north (and connected with) Valparaiso. Many people from Santiago go there for summer vacations. There's nothing really special about Viña. If you're short on time, stay in Valparaiso.
Cómo llegar: el pasaje aéreo, de ida y vuelta, de Buenos Aires a Santiago
cuesta alrededor de 280 dólares.
Transporte terrestre: el pasaje en ómnibus desde el aeropuerto hasta Viña
del mar cuesta 4,42 dólares. El litro de nafta cuesta 0,60 dólar. En la
ruta 68, el peaje hasta Viña cuesta 3,53 dólares los días hábiles y 5,48
dólares los feriados y fines de semana.
Alquiler de auto: en el aeropuerto Arturo Merino Benitez hay agencias
Avis, RentaCar, Bert y Alamo, entre otras. En Hertz, el auto más económico
cuesta 38,76 dólares diarios.