Valparaíso


A World Heritage Site
Known as “Little San Francisco”
Birthplace of significant presidential figures
Pablo Neruda's residence
   


 

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Valparaíso, declared a World Heritage Site in 2003, seat of congress, a vital port and an increasingly important cultural center in the Southwest Pacific. It is located 120 km northwest from Santiago In the second half of the 19th century, Valparaíso played an important geopolitical role when the city served as a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by crossing the Straits of Magellan. A magnet for European immigrants, Valparaíso in its golden years was known as “Little San Francisco” and “The Jewel of the Pacific.” Its historical importance, natural beauty, and unique architecture make this city a place worth visiting. Valparaiso is the birthplace of significant figures, such as Augusto Pinochet and Salvador Allende. Here you also find the residence of famous artists like Pablo Neruda and Nicaraguan poet Rubén Dario. It is famous for its nightlife and bohemian pubs where poets, writers, tango aficionados, sailors, etc., spent hours socializing well into the “madrugada” (early morning hours).


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Places to visit in Valparaíso include: stock exchange building (Latin America’s oldest stock exchange), the continents first volunteer fire department, Chile’s first public library, the oldest Spanish language newspaper in continuous publication in the world, Paseo 21 de Mayo on Cerro Artilleria, Plaza Bismark on Cerro Carcel, Mirador Diego Portales on Cerro Baron, the viewpoint at the end of Calle Merlet in Cerro Cordillera, Paseo Atkinson on Cerro Concepcion, Sendero Bicentenario, City’s oldest “funicular” (elevator) Ascensor Concepcion, La Sebastiana (Pablo Neruda’s house) and the Mercado central for great sea food.