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Valparaiso is a unique city, not only because it is located in an amphitheater of 45 hills covered with colorful houses that look out to the Pacific Ocean from above, nor by the impressive architecture of the “flat” (historic center) declared a humanity heritage site. or its old elevators that descend every day from the hills carrying the porteños (the name given to the inhabitants of the city) to their jobs.
Undoubtedly the main attraction of this city is that invisible energy of the “Old Port” that has captivated the imagination of musicians, poets, and dreamers, who have discovered in the corners of these streets the secrets that Valparaiso keeps for those who know how to appreciate them, we will walk the buildings, Pedestrian walkway, Bars and restaurants that have “built” this mysticism that left its indelible mark on characters such as Pablo Neruda, Salvador Allende, and El Che Guevara.
Pick up from your hotel
This is a 10-hour walk from your hotel in Santiago, within the tour is considered some short stretches on foot so you can enjoy the experience of this unique city in person, climb the characteristic elevators and walk the Pedestrian walkway , the most important squares and streets of “La Joya del Pacifico” (The Jewel of the Pacific).
Here you can understand a little the unusual geography of Valpo (Valparaíso) This street crosses a large part of the city at half height, which allows you to have a panoramic view of the unusual geography of the port, prepare your camera to obtain excellent photos of the general location of the city.
Valparaíso was once one of the main ports of the Pacific Ocean which generated a robust commercial exchange with the rest of the world as a result of it the city becomes a forced passage of sailors and a pole of attraction for travelers, adventurers, and madmen, this particular characters is what contributes to give life to the history of this port.
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 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 that makes Chileans We like painting the walls so much with messages of all kinds.
Then we will go to another of the crucial points of the city, which will take us on a short walk where we will enjoy the street art in the famous “Cerros Alegre y Concepción”( Alegre and Concepcion Hills), bask the broad views of the Bay of Valparaiso, we can appreciate colorful houses with their characteristic metallic coatings that are the aesthetics of this city.
It is the point of confluence of the streets Cumming and Almirante Montt here are some of the oldest bars of the port ideal moment for a refreshing break and comment something of the intense nightlife of this port.