A major seaport city of Chile along being the educational center of the country is Valparaiso. The city has a population of 284,630 inhabitants and a population density of 710 per km2. With a very mild Mediterranean climate, the city offers rich cultural heritages and many sporting venues relevant to football, basketball, tennis and a growing network of bicycle routes.
There are many interesting things to do in Valparaiso and they can range from viewing the best street art in Latin America to the chaotic and active nightlife of the city and experiencing a constantly changing variety of artistic events. One of the best is the annual carnival focusing on a different country every year and encouraging international artists to represent their cultures in various theatres, musical and art performances. Other fascinating things to do in Valparaiso include taking an immersive tour of the city with the help of a German pirate who has lived in the place for years, speaks Spanish, German and English, with discounts available for groups. This tour is more informative than any other can get. For greater and recommended fun, one can also take the ‘Chilean Cuisine Cooking Class’ which also includes a full market tour with the chef to look for ingredients. Last but certainly not the least one can also opt for the award winning tours that leave the Valparaiso’s main square plaza at Sotomayor from 10am and 3pm every day. These tours includes special guides dressed as Waldo/Wally from the children’s book characters and provide you with extra information on the basis of tips hence the name “Tour for Tips”.
For those who have the opportunity to experience the place up-close, there are many places to visit in Valparaiso, such as the amazing house of Nobel Prize winning author of Chile, Pablo Neruda. The place is known as La Sebastiana and is located on the top a hill top offering endless view of the Pacific Ocean. One of the best places to visist in Valparaiso includes visiting sites such as: • The church of Iglesia de la Martiz located in the heart of the port district, labeled as a historic monument of the city. • Plaza Anibal Pinto featuring the Fountain of Neptune, erected in 1892. • Plaza Sotomayor which is a square that is lined by buildings and has a monument honoring the Chilean sailors who fought and fell during the Battle of Iquique and the Battle of Punta. • The Cemetery of Dissidents located on the Panteon Hill, created in 1825 for the British and European residents of the time that followed the Protestant faith of Christianity. Other prominent areas of interest include: Museo del Mar Lord Cochrane, Palacio Baburizza, UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaiso, Chile, Monument of the Armada de Chile and the funicular railway.
It comes as a pleasant surprise to many that these Ascensor in the city of Valparaiso are quite amazing and travelling in them should be your number one priority as the things to do in Chile. Dating back to the late 19th century, the slopping streets of the city are best traversed in these networks of a dozen funicular elevators full of gritty art and offering a world of their own. Travelling in one of these famed ascensores, one can find lots of things to do in funicular railway. These bouncy rides, which last for a couple of minutes for less than $1, raise you from sea levels to some of the 45 hilltops of the city. The hilltops are known as ceros and, in order to reach the top, the tickets to the ride are purchased at the station entrances, and trips are usually one-way only. Undoubtedly this way of travelling will become more memorable then the trip itself. Of what where once 33 in number only 14 remain today. These elevators were built by English, German, French and Yugoslav immigrants who had built their homes on the top of hills, and had to resolve access problems due to the precipitous topography of the area. Hence the most elegant solution was these ascensores, which carried residents quickly and directly to their neighborhoods.