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Valparaiso and Viña del Mar are two of the most visited points in the central coast of Chile, these 2 cities have very different characteristics, on the one hand, Valparaiso a city with bohemian air and a classic architecture mysterious streets full of graffiti and murals that make it a luck of open-air museum. On the other hand, Viña del Mar could be the antithesis of Valparaíso, a city with modern buildings, golden sand beaches, and extensive gardens. In this tour, we will see a selection of the most representative attractions of both cities.
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This 8-hour City tour takes a complete panoramic tour through a selection of the most representative places and buildings of these two cities, considering some stretches on foot mainly in Valparaíso.
Valparaíso is a port for which we have to start from this place, we will tell you who Arturo Prat was and why; streets, provinces, football clubs, universities, was named in honor to this Chilean navy sailor who lost a battle that cost him his life, is one of the most revered historical figures in the country.
Located right in front of the pier Prat, here are some of the most representative buildings and monuments of the city, here we will talk a little history, we will tell you something about the War of the Pacific.
A) Former Intendance Building: This European-style building that is one of the postcards of the city, a must for travelers, is currently the commander in chief of the Chilean Navy.
B) Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage: It is the only ministry whose headquarters are outside of Santiago, noted for its style fully aligned with the precepts of the BAUHAUS.
C) National Customs Office + Harbor Station: Two symmetrical towers of more than 35 meters symbolically mark the access to the Prat wharf, a pier from where it is possible to observe the works of the port is also the starting point of the boats that carry out rides in the Bay.
This walk summarizes very well the essence of Valparaiso, located in the Cerro Alegre (cheerful hill) this was the heart of the English Quarter, the old mansions have been restored to be converted into museums and boutique hotels, here we will talk about street art and why make to Chileans like to paint the walls so much with messages of all kinds, to access this place we will have to go up through the elevator El Peral (the pear tree) it is perhaps the most popular of the 16 elevators of Valparaiso due to the fact that it communicates the Sotomayor square with the Cerro Alegre, the 2 most tourist areas of the port, here we will find exciting buildings, we will enjoy the views of the port and the bay that have been popularized in the photographs of the travelers that visit the city.
Federico Santa María was a prominent entrepreneur who despite being the son of two essential families in the local society, amassed his fortune on his own in France, at his death and in the absence of offspring donates all his wealth for the foundation of a university in Valparaíso, the building pass to become one of the main icons of this university city.
It is one of the most known points since it is here where the Viña del Mar Song Festival is held, one of the most important popular music festivals of the Latin music industry, in this scenario most famous Latin artists have made their debut since the mid-twentieth century, we will also know something of the history of the origins of the city and the figure of Francisco Vergara its founder.
Undoubtedly the most characteristic point of the city, the flower clock was part of the beautification works for the 1962 World Cup after the garden city was chosen as one of the venues of this World Cup.
Built almost 90 years ago is the first gaming casino in the country, this palatial building was automatically transformed into a benchmark of the city, it somehow manages to illustrate clearly the indulgent character of this city.