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to Valparaiso, Chile by Jay V
|Valparaiso is one of Chile's
most vibrant sea-side cities facing the Pacific coast, with a population
of around 320,000.
Valparaiso is referred to
by Chileans as simply 'Valpo', it is situated around 120kms west of the
capital Santiago, which is about one and half hours by bus. The city is
widely known for its bohemian culture, brightly colored houses, beautiful
seaside views and intriguing nightlife.
Having a reputation for being
the most unique city in Chile, and one of the most unusual in all of Latin
America, Valpo has long been one of the continent's best-kept secrets.
Nicknamed "The Jewel of the
Pacific", The city was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003. From
the flat city center you can walk along the sea side road towards the ascensores
(funicular lifts) creaking up and down an acute angle taking curious visitors
up the chaotic cerros (hills), with their steep labyrinthine roads, crumbling
mansions and kaleidoscopic rooftops, The gorgeous views from the top of
the hill will have everyone snapping away at it's picturesque harbor.
|It's not just the stunning
views that hit you as you look down to the busy working commercial and
naval harbor below, it's the unique, attenuated grandeur of the town, and
its instinctive, bohemian charm. More than anywhere else in Chile, there's
that feeling in the air of 'anything goes ' here.
Some examples of places to
see in Valparaiso are:
The Funicular lifts (Ascensor
The Funicular lifts are definitely
a must do in Valparaiso. It's kinda like going to Rio and not visiting
the famous Corcovado, or Sugarloaf Mountain.
The Funicular lifts are
one of Valpo's main attractions, and when you get up there you will see
|Paseo 21 de Mayo
Once you're up top, you will
see a handicraft fair alongside the road Paseo 21 de Mayo, with many stalls
and small shops selling some great souvenirs of Valpo, along with T-shirts,
paintings and very neat handcrafted ornaments that will all look great
in your living room.
This hill is located in the
older area of Valparaiso and is great for tourists. There are a lot of
hostels, small alleyways, many restaurants, cafes and galleries to see
here. The hill also offers great views of the city from Paseo Gervasoni.
So don't wait too long now,
just come along and see this magnificent place at least once, but I'm sure
once you come here you will want to return.
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HOTELS & INNS IN VALPARAISO, CHILE
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Puerta de Alcalá, Valparaiso
Hotel Puerta de Alcalá is located in the heart of civic-commercial
city of Valparaiso. It's located one block from the Quartermaster and two
blocks from the Town Hall. This strategic location will allow the executive
to be close to the modern areas related to his efforts and of the main
tourist attractions like the promenade Gervasoni, the Lukas or the Lord
Cochrane Museums, among others. You can enjoy in our exclusive restaurant
"Goya", where our best Chef's prepare the most delicious and culinary Chilean
and International recipes. We have the capacity to provide everything you
need to make your meeting a success.
in downtown Valparaiso among the hills that overlook the Pacific Ocean
the Patrimonial Hotel is a true reflection of the buildings that dominate
the city and maintaining a home environment for visitors. The hotel amenities
include business center, wireless Internet access, meeting/banquet facilities,
copy service, breakfast available (surcharge), and 24-hour room service.
Patrimonial Hotel is located close to Casa Mirador de Lukas, Monumento
de los Heroes de Iquique, and Estadio Playa Ancha. Nearby points of interest
also include Museo de Bellas Artes de Valparaiso and Plaza Sotomayor.
Crusoe Inn, Valparaiso
boutique inn nestled on the hillside, offering peace and tranquillity among
plants and natural spaces. Located on Hector Calvo streeet, on the hill
aptly named Bellavista (beautiful view), the Inn's doors open to the Open
Sky Museum (Museo a Cielo Abierto). The walls of the streets surrounding
the hotel are filled with the murals painted by famous artists of the world.
Atop the Inn's eccentric facade of brass and wooden doors sits a rooftop
garden, offering a spectacular 360° view of Valparaiso and the entire
bay. A day at the Inn begins with home baked bread, a bowl of fresh fruit,
some pudding or rice with milk, cereals, cheesecake, apple or lemon pie,
and an omelet or crepe with blueberry sauce.
Vineyard Inn, Valparaiso
Valparaiso Vineyard Inn is a multi level property and structure, with a
vintage wine cellar ambience. Its antique furniture and wine making
tools give a feeling of history. The rooms are lavishly adorned,
resulting in an enchanting environment. The Inn is located on a quiet street,
a short block to one of the city's famous outdoor ascensores (elevators),
on the hill aptly named Bellavista (beautiful view). Its doors open
to the Open Sky Museum (Museo a Cielo Abierto). Atop the Inn's facade
of brick, wood and iron massive doors, sits a u-shape structure with all
the suites looking at Valparaiso's Bay and City. The terrace offers a spectacular
view of Valparaiso, and on a clear day the awesome "Aconcagua Mountain".
Zero Hotel faces the Pacific Ocean, gazing out over an impressive view
that can be enjoyed with the morning light, with the colors of dawn or
the glimmering magic of the night. Itís easy to get fascinated by the constant
arrival and departure of the ships before you. It is the eternal welcome
and farewell of the port that can be appreciated from the magical simplicity
of this traditional house. It is a space that opens its doors to travelers
that are always willing to discover a new side of adventure. Soak up the
aromas and flavors of a delicious breakfast, the pleasure of a good cup
of coffee and the warmth of a glass of wine or get carried away with the
silence and the view that soars from the sea through city to the sky.