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HOTELS, RESORTS & ACCOMMODATION IN VALPARAISO ("VALPO")

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Travel to Valparaiso, Chile

Travel to Valparaiso, Chile    by Jay V

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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.

Cerro Alegre Neighborhood, Valparaiso, Chile
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Traditional Colourful Houses, Valparaiso, Unesco World Heritage Site, Chile, South America
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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 Artilleria)

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 why.
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.

Cerro Concepcion

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.

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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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Hotel Puerta de Alcalá, Valparaiso
The 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.
Patrimonial Hotel, Valparaiso
Located 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.
Robinson Crusoe Inn, Valparaiso
Scenic 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.
Valparaiso Vineyard Inn, Valparaiso
The 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, Valparaiso
The 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.
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